When a trust is broken it hurts...even more so when that trust deals with research directing physicians how best to help their patients in pain.
It was reported this week that a doctor who was well-regarded for his research in relieving patients' pain after surgery did the unthinkable - he made up a lot of his results.
Thus, some doctors have been relying upon drugs to help their patients after an operation and the patients' pain may have seemed resistant to treatment, when in fact the treatment may not have been effective in the first place, having been based on false information. Ouch!!!
What a mess...
The good news is that doctors are human beings, not machines. They take into account not only what they might have read in their medical journals, but also what we as patients are feeling and experiencing, and what they have previously found to work well in situations similar to our own.
In other words, if the medication or treatment you've been prescribed by your doctor doesn't seem to be working, contact your doctor. She / he knows you're not a number in a research study - you're a unique human being who will respond uniquely to treatment. Even research results that can be trusted do not imply that every single person will respond well to a given treatment.
It all comes down to relationship - that between you and your doctor.
Even when a "bad egg" of a doctor comes along who makes up research data, trust your primary health care partner, your personal doctor, to understand, empathize, create a reasonable healthcare plan based in
well-established GOOD science and their clinical experience, and to do all they can to help you.
Here's hoping our yourwellness program, including this blog, earns your trust by helping you to be and stay well.
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