It is really embarrassing when you have a medical issue and you are not sure what doctor is the one you need. Like last winter I had a terrible infection in my chest. I didn’t know if I needed to see a general physician or if I needed a doctor who only works with the lungs. I was not able to overcome my shame either, so I just got worse and worse until I had to be taken to the hospital where I was in intensive care for almost a week and then recovering after that for another 3 weeks. It is confusing to know what doctor you need. I mean, you almost need to be a doctor to know what doctor is for you.
Another time I was stricken with a serious back pain but I had no idea what so ever of what doctor I needed to see for that problem. First of all, there are so many things that can cause your back to hurt, from kidney problems to spin problems. I didn’t know if I should call a consultant about sciatica surgery or back pain surgery, and what is the difference between the two. Again I decided to just try and hold out as I got better. That time the results were much more to my favor, after a few weeks the pain went away by itself. To this day I still don’t know what caused me to have that attack. This is the point; they need to implement a system to help people who do not know what kind of doctor is right for them and their problems. The world of medicine seems to think we all have an inherent knowledge of medical terms.
Today my wife came to me complaining about a headache. She has been getting these headaches more and more frequently over the last few months. She also is experiencing some strange vision problems. Now, if these two things are related, that is a complete mystery to me. I want to tell my wife that she should go and see a doctor but what kind of doctor should I tell her to go and see? I can’t say if she should try and see an optometrist for her problems or if she should call a neurosurgeon, you see I just have no way of knowing. The last thing a sick person wants to do is spend the whole day calling one doctors office and then the next, trying to figure out what the doctor they need is called. I am going to tell my wife that the best thing for her at this time is to just wait it out and hope for the best. It is more than clear that any attempt to understand the interworking of the medical world, is completely useless. Maybe one day they will develop a system to make it earlier for a person to find the doctor they need but until that day comes, we are just going to have to do the best we can, by ourselves.