wrong antibiotic prescribed

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Registered: 12-06-2001
wrong antibiotic prescribed
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Tue, 01-15-2013 - 7:54pm

Recently I was diagnosed with a sinus infection, something I suffer from frequently. It was late and the md office was closed so I went to a walk-in clinic where the nurse gave me a certain antibiotic. Six days later I was still feeling terrible. Usually I can tell in a day or two if a medication is going to help me and I never had one take so long to work before. So I went back to my doctor's office but had to see the PA instead. I told her which antibiotic I was on and said I didn't think it was working since I was still feeling terrible and getting worse after six days and added that I thought I should be prescribed a different medicine.  She got huffy and said, "Well, the medicine you are currently on is a very good one and you need to give it more time." I was a little taken aback because in the past I would always feel better in a couple of days, at least would start feeling better after beginning an antibiotic. So I said, "Well, It's already been several days. Even if I shouldn't expect to feel better by now, should I expect to be feeling worse?" And she said curtly, "Yes you can feel worse. You need to give it more time."  I could tell she was offended because I had the audacity to show some judgement and suggest an alternative so I said, "I'm sorry and I don't mean to usurp your authority, but this medication is just not working for me." She became very argumentative and started to list off all these reasons why I was wrong and she was right. So I calmly picked up my shoulder bag and walked out saying, "I know my body..... you obviously don't." And I left.

The next day I went back to the original clinic where I had the med prescribed. The same nurse practitioner was there and she very graciously gave me a new prescription, saying, "Well if the first antibiotic hasn't worked yet we need to try something different. You should be feeling better by now." This woman was so awesome she didn't even charge me for the second visit!! I thanked her profusely and she said, "I do that for my patients whenever necessary. After all, if you had called me on the phone I would have called in the new prescription and not charged you either."

By day two on the new antibiotic I was feeling better and knew the end of the infection was in sight. What a relief.

What's with these health care "professionals" who resent patients who dare to have an informed opinion of their own condition?? Nuts to them!




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Registered: 12-06-2001
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 9:38pm

Thanks! I hope your cats are okay!

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Registered: 10-13-1999
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 7:33pm

In my opinion, you were right to walk out of that room.  We do know our own bodies and our opinions should be considered.  It's a totally different situation but two of our cats needed a different med for an eye problem and our vet checked with an opthamologist and gladly gave us a different one.  Their eyes are healing nicely now.  Glad to hear you're doing well on the different med.

Calley7
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Registered: 12-06-2001
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 5:06pm
Oh, and one other thing I thought about after I posted my reply: I always know when I have a sinus infection and need antibiotics because I have been battling them for years, but doctors these days are so scared to prescribe them for fear of growing THE BIG GERM that becomes resistant (at least that's the lecture I sometimes have to endure) and yet, I live in a state that has been declared to have an epidemic of prescription narcotic abuse! Some of these practitioners act like I've gone into their office demanding big doses of Dilauded or Percocet, which I have NEVER done. All I want is relief from the pain and congestion in my face, head and sinuses by taking good old Amoxicillin. Is that too much to ask?
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Registered: 12-06-2001
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 4:55pm
I didn't because to be honest, I've had trouble like that with some of the other practitioners there too, even the doctors. I guess they must resent anyone with any knowledge and are afraid the patients will take over their own care. I even had a doctor once insist on prescribing the most expensive new antibiotic rather than the usual cheap generic one that worked great on me, and later I found out that sometimes they do that because the drug companies give them "toys" if they promise to prescribe their new pharmaceuticals rather than the old standbys. I don't know if that particular doctor was doing it for that reason in that instance, but evidently that situation does exist in some offices, which is disgusting. I guess I'll be looking for a new medical office but I'm discouraged because I've had so many bad ones the last few years.
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Registered: 11-14-2008
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 1:09pm

Good for you!! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut and stand up for yourself! So glad the nurse practioner at the original clinic was so gracious... and I'd definitely complain to my doctor about the snooty one!

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 2:03pm

I hope you filed a complaint with the doctor about the way the PA treated you. There is absolutely no cause for rudeness and unprofessionalism. Many times my doctor has told me that if I am not feeling better after 2-3 days on an antibiotic give him a call. Maybe someone needs to point that out to the know-it-all at that clinic.

 

Brenda