Who to Consult?
I feel like an open cashdrawer for medical specialists. Do I really need more 'treatments' or surgeries, or is it just their extreme focus? ("If you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.") I am sick of being examined "in parts" and not the whole person.
I'll lay out my situation and ask for suggestions on where I can get a more holistic opinion on what to do next (if anything).
I'm 72. I've had multiple breast biopsies because 'something' didn't quite look right "and we need to be sure it's not a cancer" -- all negative. I've had my share of absolutely necessary surgeries too: Two hip replacements, a staghorn calculus removed, etc.) I've also had THREE sinus surgeries -- two were useless thanks to 'timid' MD's; third was a success. An eager-to-operate GYN removed one of my ovaries -- over a 'chocolate' cyst! -- before I was 30, resulting in infertility -- and a long abdominal scar.
I'm prefacing with that to show where I'm coming from: Distrust. I have always had excellent medical insurance, and I'm feeling 'taken', even though *I* am not paying personally.
Now I'm told I 'must' have another surgery "to see what it is". The 'it' is a slightly raised 'bump' pushing into my colon opposite the appendix. (The surgeon also wants to take out the appendix.)
I have no discomfort there. I wouldn't even know about the bump had I not had a normal check-up colonoscopy that led to a second one with endoscopy . (Always benign results.) I suppose I have *other* bumps in my body were we to LOOK for them! These findings date back to November.. I'm to have another colonoscopy to 'look again' -- in May. I'm sure if my 'bump' is still visible, I'll be told to have the surgery.