Monday, May 05, 2008

Metformin

A few posts down, I mentioned having really bad headaches while I was on the pill. The pill is used as some sort of hormone replacement therapy for my PCOS. On my first check up after a month of taking the pill, I told my doctor about the 2-day headache I endured the weekend before and the pain in my breasts too. She did acknowledge that those were known side-effects of the pill and the proceeded to give me tips so I can avoid getting them. We agreed to go through another month with the same pill. If the headaches returned, we'll change it.

Boy did they come back.

So I went to see the doc again the week before last. She wasn't in and I had to see a substitute. That was not a good experience. Really. I went to the hospital early (as in 9AM-ish) so I wouldn't have to wait in a long queue at the Medicard clinic. It took about 3 minutes to get the slip and I proceeded to Dr E's clinic where I was told that she wasn't in that day and was in a convention. If I wanted, I could see the substitute or I can wait until the following Monday to see Dr. E. The sub was to come in at 11am til 3pm. Since I was already 4 days into my period that day, I knew that I could not wait until Monday in case the doctor advises me to take the third cycle of pills. I would have to wait for the next month to start on the next cycle. I didn't want to delay it any further so I decided to see the sub.

Instead of waiting at the clinic, I went to see my nephew attending a Vacation Bible School class in our church right next to the hospital. Promptly at 11, I was back at the clinic but the sub wasn't there. It took several calls to her clinic, and a full hour, for her to come in. By then, there were three patients waiting and I was very sleepy. I had shift the night before and came straight from work. I was drowsing off at the waiting area!

She sauntered in. Listened to me a bit. Prescribed Metformin for three months. Said to come back for a TVS order after the medication. Wrote up a medical certificate for me (for work). All done in less than five minutes. I didn't even get her name!

I was happy she took me off the pill (though Alfred ain't too happy about it, hehe). But I felt that the whole consultation was rushed. Seriously. I don't doubt that she's a nice, competent doctor and all, but I waited hours to see her. KWIM?

I felt that way too when I first went to see Dr E - rushed. I thought, maybe it's because I don't pay her (the HMO does)? Or maybe it's because she has too see more patients? But on my second visit, my perception of her changed. She did remember my case and seemed to have been paying attention after all.

Have you had similar experiences with doctors? My OB five years ago was very very nice, even the subs I had to see when she was out. I hadn't had to see any other doctor on a regular basis aside from my pediatrician Dr. Lopez of St. Luke's. He and his assistant are very nice people. All the doctors I've had to see at the ER are ok too. Eye doctors, Medicard clinic doctors, all ok. I guess I'm just not used to that.

Anyway, I had no intention to rant.

I didn't purchase Metformin until last week. I am familiar with it because my second OB (the nice one from 5 years ago) prescribed that for me along with pills (which I didn't have a negative reaction to). I only regularly took it in the prescribed dose yesterday. Bad me.

My mom saw the bag of Metformin yesterday and looked it up on the Internet. Reading what was here gave her a scare, I think. I assured her last night that I took Metformin for three months years ago with no side effects so I should be okay this time around too. I went through the info on the site though and it's better to just be aware of those, just in case.

2 comments :

  1. reisyn said...

    when i was in first year med, i vowed to be a doctor who took the time to interview patients, and will not make them wait outside my clinic. i will make them feel that they are important, because they are.

    i just graduated and well... i realized why doctors are like that. they just don't have that much time on our hands.

    i am sure though that your doctors want the best for you.

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