At my last visit to my primary care doctor, he sat down, took both of my hands in his, and told me that I was one of his best patients . . . that I should always call him if I needed anything . . . not worry that anyone would think that I was calling too often . . . that I was a very good and compliant patient about following directions and doing what was best for me and following treatment plans. Then he offered to set me up with a therapist if I wanted to talk to someone about dealing with the emotional aspect of chronic illness. I told him I was ok and thanked him. After I got home, I got a bit paranoid about it, wondering what he REALLY meant by it, so I went by his office one day and asked him to be straight with me and just tell me if he thought I had emotional problems. His response was no, that chronic illnesses are very hard to deal with and he just wanted to be sure that if I felt talking to someone about coping with the emotional effects of being ill so much would help, that he had offered that option. When I told him I was quite satisfied talking to him and God, he gave me a big hug, said I knew my needs best, and said to just always know I should tell him what I need. So, in my case anyway, the suggested visit to a psychiatrist wasn't a bad thing. Teri
first of all let me mention that your dr sounds wonderful, I wish he was my dr. He also sounds like my dr I had in Montreal who has since moved to Baltimore to practise. He was my dr, therapist (listener) and friend. He understood migraines and the impact they have on ones life.
I also wanted to mention the tremendous guilt associated with migraines, well atleast I feel guilty. I feel guilty that I feel bad so often and my husband has to sit home and nurse me. I feel guilty bc I have inconvenienced so many people over the years, ER visits in the middle of the night. I feel guilty that people seem to worry about me when I am getting or have a migraine. I feel so guilty about my mother worrying that I have started lying to her lately, not admitting how many migraines I have actually had or lying and saying I don't have one when I actually do (when she phones me).
Does anybody else experience this? Perhaps this is why, along with the depression that some may develop bc of constant pain, a dr would suggest a psychiatrist. But, wouldn't a therapist be a better choice? I suppose the reason a GP may suggest a psychiatrist is bc they can prescribe meds such as anti-depressants.
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