Chronic pain can be frustrating and difficult to treat and diagnose. Chronic pain sufferers want to live a pain-free life just like everyone else but unfortunately, not everyone is able to and sometimes our pain is dismissed by doctors and we aren’t able to get the relief we are longing for. Stevie’s Boebi’s story is now trending on Twitter after being dismissed by several doctors when trying to get some relief for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. After eight years of trying to get relief, Stevie created the hashtag Doctors are Dickheads to try to make her voice heard. I understand Stevie’s frustrations with chronic pain but creating this hashtag has a very negative effect on all medical professionals
There are fantastic medical professionals- For doctors to be able to provide the best possible care they need to listen to their patients but unfortunately not all of them! No one knows their pain better than the patient themselves and when doctors aren’t listening to you it causes you to become very angry and frustrated because all you want, is relief! Yes, there are arrogant doctors that don’t listen to their patients but there are ones that do and these doctors have the most impact on their patients and of course, save lives!
It has a negative effect on all medical professionals- Although there are arrogant doctors that don’t listen to their patients the ones that do try very hard to give their patients the relief they deserve! It is not always easy finding the right pain management pain but lumping all doctors in the same category by saying they are all terrible is not only hurtful but has a huge negative effect on all medical professionals not just some of them.
Take control of your mental health- When you are angry it is so important to let those feelings out but it is always important to do it in the right way. Everyone who has been dismissed by doctors I feel for you but by lumping all doctors in the same category by saying they are all terrible can be hurtful for all medical professionals! Your voice deserves to be heard but there has to be a more productive way to do it other than saying all doctors are terrible. When you are upset ranting on social media may seem like the thing to do sometimes it isn’t and can do more harm than good. Most of us do not know our social media followers personally so when we are upset they may not be as helpful at comforting us than a friend who knows us personally would be. Whether talking to your social media followers or calling or texting a friend helps you feel better, make sure you do what you have to do to take care of your mental health.
I have a fantastic medical team and although I have not gotten relief from my pain I am not angry because for all I know there may be nothing out there that can give me relief. Chronic pain affects you mentally and physically so I completely understand chronic pain sufferers frustrations but what I don’t understand is when people make hashtags like this one that puts a huge negative effect on all medical professionals. Everyone wants relief and if you haven’t gotten it yet you just have to take it one day at a time and you can’t do anything more. What do you think of this hashtag? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!