WEIRD REALIZATIONS I'VE HAD SINCE BECOMING A DOCTOR
- •There's a surprisingly large number of people who come to the doctor with vague medical problems that turn out to be psychiatric.It's amazing how much somatization plays a role in people's everyday lives
- •Patients expect you to have all the answers for everythingSadly, there are more unanswered questions than not
- •I've been asked to fill out forms for all sorts of crazy things that have nothing to do with being w doctor. Why does everything somehow become your doctor's problem?
- •People really expect you to be able to cure them.Sometimes there's nothing wrong. But most of the time I have to educate patients about things they have to do to cure themselves. A lot of things are cured by lifestyle changes, and a lot aren't curable at all.
- •Being pain free is unrealistic, but most people want to be 100% pain free and think this is a realistic ideal.This is so culturally variable. I think our collective belief that any amount of pain is unacceptable is partially why we have so much narcotic use, abuse, and even elective c-sections. I was also amazed when I was deployed to Japan to find out that culture of pain there is totally different. One of my Soldiers needed an appendectomy and didn't get any narcs post-op (I thought that this scenario would surely warrant something more than Advil). Pain is regarded as a normal part of life in Japan.