I don't know what everyone else's experiences with Drs are but I found that it's a bit of a minefield as to whether you get a good one or an awful one!
I have a few experiences which beg beyond belief!
My first exeperience was at a Rheumatology centre who shall remain nameless. I was sent to them post diagnosis and after failing several NSAIDs and sulfasalazine for Anti-TNF. I had been with this centre for about 2 years and had trailed humira (no relief) and enbrel (severe site reactions!) so eventually going into my app 1.5hrs later than my scheduled time (this was not unusual either!) I was discussing the benefits of enbrel and the conversation went like this:
Dr: " Do you feel the enbrel is benefitting you enough to warrant continuing despite the site reactions?"
Me: " I'm still experiencing high levels of pain in my knees, pain as if my muscles are going to burst out of my skin and I can't keep my legs still, I'm still struggling to sleep due to the pain"
Dr " I'm sorry but I'm only interested in your back pain as with AS we only focus on the spine"
Me: "I can't tell you if my back pain is any better because the pain I'm experiencing elsewhere is dominating my life, surely all this pain is under Rheumatology jurisdiction?"
Dr: " You have AS which is in the spine so that's all we treat"
Safe to say I transferred shortly after this to Kingston Hospital - and boy what a difference! They are on the ball, they listen and they treat me holistically as a person and not just a spine! Coincidentally I went back to my GP with my leg symptoms and muscles bursting out of skin feeling who diagnosed Fibromyalgia which is a Rheumatological condition!! I couldn't believe the incompetence of my first Rheumatologist!
My second experience of bad doctoring was at my GP. My regular GP is always busy as he is very popular (and rightly so, he is brilliant!). I needed an emergency app as I was experiencing extreme insomnia to the point where I was getting at most 4hrs sleep a night, partly due to pain but partly becuase I just couldn't sleep!!!!!! I went to this GP who didn't believe in fibromyalgia, she also didn't believe in giving people medication to help them sleep, said I wasn't sleeping so I must be stressed and I should de-stress myself and then spent the next 10 minutes lecturing me on taking tramadol and that I shouldn't be taking it even though it was prescribed by my Rheumatologist ! When I told my rheumy she was appalled and said that I shouldn't ever listen to a non-regular GP who doesn't know me when they talk about medication my rheumy has prescribed.
Those are the only 2 experiences I've had where I've really been face planting my palm, but I'm sure there will be more, seeing as the amount of time I will have to spend in hospitals and Drs surgeries in the future!
I think my message from this would be - if you aren't happy get a second opinion or change rheumatologists. Don't take what GPs say as set in stone - if you're unsure ask your rheumy for advice ! And it is really important to have a GP and a rheumy that you can build up a relationship with and trust.
You will become an expert in your diseases and your body so trust yourself and your body!