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I go into the doctors office with a festering outbreak at the entrance to my vagina, and stabbing pain in my cervix.

Doctor tells me that people NEVER get leisions inside, they are ONLY on the outside on surrounding skin. I knew that wasn't true so I made him swab it and had to convince him where I was coming from. (Felt very degraded)

Felt like KICKING HIM when he took a look and said OMG yah.... That DEFINITELY looks like herpes, wow! And swabbed the shit outta me while I screetched in pain.

He wrote me an Rx.

Now they call and tell me the doctor would like to discuss my results. They only call if it's positive.

How can a doctor not know shit all about herpes and call themselves a doctor??????

I am going to GIVE him a piece of my mind and tell him it's cause of fools like him that probably cheated their way through Med School that this awful bloody virus is so rampant.

UGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! :madd:

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You'd be surprised what "doctors" don't know...sadly they *think* they know it all!

Good on you for demanding him take a look and swab. I am a firm believer that WE know our bodies way better then anyone else and we know when something is 'off'.

Good luck :)

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So sorry you went through that - there is nothing worse than that first doctor visit! My regular doc could not get me in, but she told me to go to urgent care to get the swab. The doctor I saw was such a jerk! Like it wasn't bad enough that I was in pain, humiliated, and scared already - he tried to give me a lecture about sex, and asked me if I was married twice! The experience was bad enough that I even wrote a letter to my insurance company about it.

Seeing my regular doctor since has been wonderful though - there are good docs out there. I would suggest you look for a new one (who perhaps completed medical school :)

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I gave the doctor that handed me my results today a piece of my mind. Told her if i was more timid and put all my belief and faith in a doctor, I would have walked out of there that day unswabbed thinking it was a yeast infection and gone on to spread to others. She agreed fullheartedly with me and said she woudl speak with that doctor about my humiliation and also about his ethics.

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Dayum, girl! Good for you!

Docs are not gods, but many of them mistakenly start believing they are.

I just wish you had been able to confront the doctor who originally treated you poorly, because he was SO WRONG!!! (And you were right!)

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Like it wasn't bad enough that I was in pain, humiliated, and scared already - he tried to give me a lecture about sex, and asked me if I was married twice!

There was a temp doctor once in place of my wonderful, amazing, beautiful family doctor whom I AdOrE who was on mat leave... and when I wanted to get STD testing (when I met my now bf) I had just had testing done about 6 months prior after breaking up with my ex fiance and she was like

"You were just tested six months ago" Blank, cold stare.

"yeah... well I'm entering into a relationship now and I would like to be tested again to be safe and start honest and fresh with my new bf"

More blank, cold staring and blinking.

"I'm sorry that I'm not married... and that I have an active sex life for which I am trying to be proactive and take accountability for"

More blank, cold staring.

"Could you please do the swab? Or should I go somewhere else where the doctor doesn't condemn my attitutude towards sexual liberation?"

"Please undress from the waist down and cover up with this blanket."

I told my mom about this later on and she was like "You should have non-challantly stared up at the corner of the ceiling sort of deranged and detatched like and said 'yeah... I fuck for money.... got a problem with that?' - then looked back at her dead in the eye and been like 'I'm just kidding'" LOLLLL I <3 my mommy.

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Also, just fyi... I do have a family doc (as i said in last post) but she's a hefty drive from me, and hard to get appointments. The more urgent matters I use walk ins for.

I also have another doctor downtown (also a hefty drive from me) but during the christmas rush i didn't want to be driving down there.

Walk in clinics are great when you're in a pinch, but HORRIBLE for everything else!

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Recently, after I had lost a lot of weight which my doctor had recommended, I felt bad because he did not notice it when I came in (I'd lost 72 lbs) and did not say anything much when I told him about the weight loss. I felt bad for a long time. I thought seriously of changing doctors. But I decided to give him a chance and I told him how I felt a few days ago. I ended my half minute complaint, voiced with a small smile, somewhat timidly, by saying, "You know, doctor, the worst thing you can say to a 65 year old woman who loses 72 lbs is...NOTHING."

He said, "Now you have insulted me! This will be our last appointment! Don't come back!" When I attempted to ask him what was so insulting about what I had said, he walked out and slammed the door. That's right--I was fired by my doctor! For daring to express a mild complaint.

Yes, I do now have a new doctor though I have yet to meet him.

My own basic view of these kind of problems is:

While I do believe in God, I do not believe He wears a white coat and a stethoscope and works at Kaiser.

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While I do believe in God, I do not believe He wears a white coat and a stethoscope and works at Kaiser.

That is priceless! I want to steal this line so badly!!! :star:

I'm thinking that being "fired" by that troll in a white coat is a gift to you from God (who works in mysterious ways...)!!!

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