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Feeling Let Down By Your Doctor?

Do you feel frustrated with your physician about your IBS?

And do you feel wound up when you then have to wait agggggeees for an appointment with them?

And eventually when you do get an appointment, you find yourself sitting in the waiting room for aggges because they’re running behind schedule?

It’s “hurry up, and wait,” like we used to say in the Army.

Then finally your physician calls you into the clinic room, where you get about 5 or so minutes in total before you’re rushed out of the door. In that time you try to offload everything, and they do whatever they need to do before sending you on your way. 

After that, you might have to do some more waiting around for your new prescription.

Waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

At every stage you have to wait. Who loves waiting? And wasting time.

It soon gets irritating. And builds up extra stress on top of what you’re already going through, especially if you need to see your physician quite often. How much time have you spent waiting? When you could’ve been doing something else.

So by the time you do get to speak with your physician, perhaps you’re shooting from the hip with all that pent up irritation and frustrations on top of the relentless fight with the demon that’s playing havoc in your gut?

Whilst you’re in with the physician, it can sometimes seem like they’re not listening to you. Because they’re looking at their computer screen and trying to type notes as you go (- they do this to try to make them as accurate as possible and save them time later on).

Maybe you feel like they’re not listening because you’ve seen them loads of times in the past about the same problem? And now you feel like they’re not bothered, or not doing what you think they should?

Maybe you feel they’re cold and uncaring? Or perhaps you don’t really like your physician for whatever reason and maybe this influences how you speak and act towards them (and maybe vice-versa, especially if they’ve had a long, busy day and clinically challenging patients before you walked in)?

During your appointment, you try to explain your symptoms and what you’ve been going through. And to you, they appear to be looking at their screen the whole time, tap a few buttons and then quickly tell you they’re going to prescribe X. Short and sharp. Done. “Next patient please.”

You’ve got IBS and you want your physician to do more than prescribe you some medications. You’ve tried medications in the past and they didn’t help. And maybe they gave you other symptoms as well. Perhaps you don’t even like taking medications either.

Understandably you want them to tell you what to do and what to eat to help your symptoms.

Do they offer you dietary help?

Some will. Some won’t. Typically, they might briefly tell you to “eat more fibre”, or “avoid caffeine”, or “follow the low FODMAP diet” and then send you on your way.

Others have attempted to give dietary advice about FODMAPs (and basically cocked it up, confused their patient, and put them off).

By the way, FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. 

In the past I’ve had about 10 referral letters from different physicians asking me to see their patient with IBS. And in their letter the physician has put things like, “FADMAP diet”, or “FIDPAM”, or “FADCARB”. Because these physicians haven’t got a clue what it is or what it entails. Which is understandable, because nutrition isn’t their specialty.

Back to the clinic…

And then when you feel rushed out of the door, because your physician is only allocated an average of about 10 minutes per patient appointment. But it took you about 2 minutes to walk from the waiting room to their clinic room… leaving you with about 8 minutes with your physician… leaving you feeling dismissed, let down and deflated, and fobbed off.

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All of this can add to your stress and concerns about your IBS. And for some people, it can make them dislike physicians …or even the whole healthcare service?

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Since you’ve had a rubbish experience with your physician, wasted loads of time and not really got anywhere with them… What’s your options? A lot of people then turn to alternative measures, such as:

  • Googling an IBS diet
  • Joining forums and groups and asking questions
  • Using alternative therapies, remedies and supplements
  • Using people such as Naturopathic practitioners, Homeopaths, diet therapists and holistic nutritionists 
  • Following “experts” on social media and signing up to all their emails
  • Reading books, blogs, articles and social media posts
  • Altering your own dietary intake in an attempt to improve your symptoms

I can understand your frustrations. And all this slapped on top of what you’re already going through. Which is tough.

So let me share my 5 key thoughts about this:

First,

Let me quickly say that regarding my first 3 points that I’m about to cover, I’m not trying to make excuses for the way you may feel you’ve been treated by your physician (or other health professional). You deserve to be treated well and with respect.

But since many people outside of healthcare don’t realise, or understand what physicians go through, I thought it might be helpful to share this here. Because I’m a healthcare professional myself and I’ve been a patient a few times in the past, so I can see it from both perspectives. Which you may find helpful and maybe ease some of those frustrations, which in turn might in itself help reduce symptoms (- think gut-brain axis where emotions can trigger symptoms)…

  1. I can appreciate you feel like you’ve been let down by your physician, but I feel they do care (otherwise why would they’ve become a doctor in the first place). However, they have limitations in the health system, such as the resources they can access, the amount of time per patient, their knowledge of nutrition…and… they are human like all of us! 

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  1. Physicians have a high level of responsibility, and the nature of their work is demanding. Their work is challenging, stressful, and they work very long hours with limited resources and under high expectations. So it’s no wonder many of them suffer with mental health problems, go on long-term sick leave (which can increase the pressure on their colleagues), or they quit medicine altogether or sadly, commit suicide. 

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  1. Physicians don’t have very much training and experience in nutrition so unfortunately, they can’t help you with your diet. This is why we have Dietitians who are trained in this area! So, you need to see a Dietitian for your dietary concerns.

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  1. Most complimentary and alternative therapies, remedies, supplements have no scientific evidence to support their use, and some haven’t undergone any research at all! And most social media influencers, supposed “experts”, and fellow sufferers of IBS do not use scientific evidence as a basis for their decisions and recommendations. So, in both cases if you use these, you’re taking a chance that they’re safe and that their recommendations work.

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  1. Because I care about you, I’m also going to add that although you may be very intelligent, and I’m sure you are, that I’ve had many physicians in my clinic so I can help them with their diet. They too are intelligent and have a wealth of science and medical knowledge and experience, but they don’t know everything about everything! It’s best to leave nutrition to the experts – a Dietitian. So, as mean as this might sound, I believe you aren’t the best person for the job to sort out your diet (unless you’re a Dietitian like me). And “DIY’ing” it takes you AWAYYYY from your goal of having your symptoms under control whilst also nourishing yourself for your health and wellbeing but also supports your exercise and recovery. 

(😀 By the way, I’ve labelled these all as ‘number 1’ because they’re all important points!).

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These are my own opinions and from my own experiences.

N.B. It is crucial to get your food and fluid intake right if you want to control your IBS symptoms and if you want train harder, go faster and recover quicker from training sessions and competitions. Dietary requirements are highly individualised and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Working with a Registered Clinical & Sports Dietitian to develop a bespoke plan based on your unique requirements will help to ensure the most appropriate strategy and best results are achieved for both your IBS and your sport. 

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