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Doctor laughed out loud

I  went to an orthopedic doctor recently due to pain in my right hip.  He proceeded to ask my symptoms and I said it felt like I was sleeping on a doorknob. The "doctor" laughed and asked if he could use that  because it was too funny . Needless to say bursitis is not a laughing matter to me, plus I have bulging discs and have had 2 operations on my tailbone.  His assistant put a large joint injection in my hip and said come back, I replied not hardly.   Was I wrong or just in too much pain??????

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Re: Doctor laughed out loud

I would give him another chance.  Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.  Sorry about your pain. Hope you are well soon.

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Re: Doctor laughed out loud

I guess the question is why aren't you going back?  Because the doctor laughed at your description or because the injection didn't work?

 

I see nothing wrong with him laughing at your description.  Sounds like he had never heard it described that way before.  Doesn't mean he was making light of your pain.  

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Re: Doctor laughed out loud

He was laughing at your description, not at your pain.  I don't see an issue to be concerned about.

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@Boomernichols wrote:

I  went to an orthopedic doctor recently due to pain in my right hip.  He proceeded to ask my symptoms and I said it felt like I was sleeping on a doorknob. The "doctor" laughed and asked if he could use that  because it was too funny . Needless to say bursitis is not a laughing matter to me, plus I have bulging discs and have had 2 operations on my tailbone.  His assistant put a large joint injection in my hip and said come back, I replied not hardly.   Was I wrong or just in too much pain??????


You were too sensitive and cranky. The doctor was trying to be nice and share a laugh with you. He was serious about your needs and he was trying to lighten the mood to help. Too serious of an atmosphere can cause patients to be worried.

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Re: Doctor laughed out loud

Pain can change a person.  Follow up with their office for this injection.  See what it like when you are (hopefully) in less pain.  

 

I hope you have comfort coming your way. 

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Personally, I like a doctor who is down to Earth, personable and can make a joke.  He was laughing at your description, not your pain.  I have lower back issues, I can't sleep on my back and I can actually relate to that "sleeping on a door knob".  If the joint injection gave you some relief, why wouldn't you go back?  Pain makes most of us cranky, it's hard to think beyond the pain so I can understand how you felt.

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I think he was just trying to lighten the mood and establish   bit of a rapport with you, not offensive in the least.  And if the shot helps you, be very grateful and go back. 

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I laughed at your description, not at your pain. I’m sure the doctor was doing the same. You have to admit that the visual is pretty funny. 

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@Boomernichols  You are/were in pain....and also probably are a sensitive person( as I am also.   I personally would have felt a taken back myself if a doctor laughed at my discription of the pain I was in.  Good bedside  manner is everything in a doctor...... But sadly not all doctors have that.  

 

My orthopedic surgeon is one of the top docs in the county....so I put aside my not really caring for his personality( bedside manner) because I wanted HIS SKILL MORE.