Doctor patients and doctors’ responses: two tales




Not only are doctors’ experiences as patients enlightening but also doctors’ reactions to having doctors as patients.

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Tale 1
Don’t give your daughter driving lessons

On a long drive so my daughter could log more driving time before taking her driving test, I got pain down my left arm – again. Not cardiac of course, just an abused cervical spine – self-diagnosis.

True to doctor form (no GP), I organised my own neck CT. Yes, it was inconclusive and did not fit the anatomical distribution. So off I went to a neurosurgical colleague. Again could be neck but I should get a consult from a thorough physician colleague with a bias towards vascular – need to exclude the unusual, that is cervical rib and Raynaud’s-related pathology.