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What can I do if my doctor isn’t listening to me?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2024 | Communicating With Doctors

When we are sick, injured or going through a health crisis, we expect to be able to put our trust in our doctors. They are supposed to help us, but they cannot do that without complete and accurate information about our condition.

At a usual doctor’s visit, you will be asked about your current symptoms, medical history and other factors that allow your doctor to provide proper care. Unfortunately, sometimes you may feel your doctor is not listening to you, or even worse, fighting with you over what is wrong with you.

This behavior is unacceptable and there are steps you can take if you feel your doctor is ignoring you or not taking your concerns seriously. You must act, otherwise you could end up the victim of a misdiagnosis or other form of medical malpractice.

How to ask questions

Do not be afraid to ask questions. If your doctor is not giving you a straight answer about your symptoms, directly ask them what the issue could be. If they tell you that your symptoms are nothing to be worried about, ask them what to do if your symptoms get worse.

Never leave a visit with unanswered questions. If the doctor gives you a vague or nonresponsive answer, try asking the question in a different way until you get a clear answer.

Yes, you might annoy the doctor, but it is their job to answer your questions and make sure you understand your symptoms. Be polite and respectful but assertive as well.

Be realistic

Be aware that sometimes the doctor may not have all the answers at that moment. Let them know that you understand if they cannot give you more information but ask if there is a specialist you can be referred to.

Get a second opinion if you are not getting anywhere with your current doctor. However, do not let one bad experience cause you to seek another opinion. Doctors have busy schedules it is not uncommon to be rushed through a visit here and there. It is when this starts happening repeatedly with the same doctor that you may want to look elsewhere.