Maybe for every surgeon or doctor who isn't exactly what we've hope for, it all evens out in the end. For every doctor I've had over my lifetime that wasn't nice, I've also been gifted to have those that were really concerned about their patients. The thing that supports my last statement is that since 2003 I've been taking an oral medicine called glucophage or Metformin ER and no doctor ever questioned that drug's interaction with any of my other medications. I've also been burdened with periodic electrolyte imbalances. Before my recent surgery this summer, my blood sodium level was low and after the surgery it is even lower.
I contacted my primary care doctor via an online patient portal and explained briefly that my muscles really hurt with a burning sensation whenever I moved. Her nurse called me and advised me that 'Doctor wants you to stop Metformin, drink lots of water and salt your food heavily for one week.' No one, and I mean NO one has ever asked me to stop the Metformin. The burning sensation in my muscles is very slowly receding and I hope when I have labs drawn next week that my sodium level will be improved. I would not trade my primary doctor for anything, in my book she is awesome. I've had this electrolyte imbalance thing going on for over 12 years. Hard to believe it might be the Metformin responsible for it, time will tell I guess.
Thank you to DocWils for giving us the viewpoint from the opposite side. Btw.......the team approach is what was followed during my recent surgery right down the the counting of the instruments and sponges and it states this in my copy of the operative report.
I always advise patients to take their Rx from the GP, not the surgeon, except for the immediate post op time - surgeons are cutters, not strong on big picture prescriptions and long term aftercare, so a non-cutter has a bigger view and is better set up for the overall care of the patient. The cutter comes in, does the job, and is gone, just like a plumber or a carpenter. Your GP is who you actually live with and knows you best. Here, everything done by a specialist is sent back to the GP , not just for their history, but to ensure correct and constant care. As many of you have heard me say before, your GP is your quarterback. Use him/her (bugger, German is easier - we have the neuter to avoid sexism in such cases).