I recently had a doctor I was a patient of, to write me, saying not to come back to him. I was fired as a patient but why did he dismiss me? It was simply because I went to another doctor for a second opinion, regarding a serious health issue I have. Second opinions are quite common, and it was a buddy system method in which the fact of my getting a second opinion came to him (possibly on the golf course). He, however, was acting like a jealous spouse who divorced me because I cheated on him by going to another doctor. The statistics are alarming regarding the “doctor burnout” problem that is occurring nationwide (in the USA) and with burnout there comes anger issues and depression. However, patients must still self-advocate for their health because many doctors simply do not care, have lost their compassion, and come to resent their patients. This is not the fault of a sick patient needing care because doctors can often help their own illness of burnout by scheduling less patients or retiring if they have come to the point that their patients illnesses are needlessly worsening or they are dying due to lack of proper care.

I asked Dr. Pulmonary Person (shielding real names in this article) to re-word a written report he made, that would go on my medical record, regarding a pulmonary treadmill test he had his nurses administer to me. His report on the test, starts out saying "patient made a submaximal effort". This remark is repeated throughout the report and in some places, it says I "ONLY" made a submaximal effort. My reason? I have plantar fasciitis in both feet with spurs, arthritis in many areas and I recently, less than 2 months prior to the test, broke my little toe - the left bottom toe joint. I have chondromalacia in both knees; stage four in the right-side knee. I have a sacral cyst on my S-2-3 lumbar spine which causes weakness in my legs. Dr. Other Person, a cardiologist, diagnosed me with mild to moderate CAD and CHF, meaning coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure. They placed a blood pressure cuff on my left arm during a treadmill test, that was so tight, I felt blood vessels could be damaged. I complained to a nurse about this 4 times during the test. My wife was in the room and could see my legs were about to collapse on me, so I had to stop at “submaximal completion”.

Dr. Pulmonary Person was amazed when he saw my red and swollen arm, from elbow joint, downward, which we took pictures of. I could tell Dr. Pulmonary Person did not know about my other health disorders and his last comments on my spirometry testing (full pulmonary function tests) were "moderate restriction and minimal obstruction”. My FEV and FEC1 stay in the mid-60s and the FEV/FEC1 ratio is optimal or above normal, which indicates a restrictive breathing pattern. His second spirometry comments were "possible restriction". And, the first test, a few months earlier stated, "lung age 84" on their mobile PFT test, which is also computerized with graphic displays. Still he says my 5ft 10.5, 262lb body weight (at the time) could reverse all of this via exercise and weight loss. I have been 20lb less with the same amount of dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and the same test results. I know it can certainly help to reverse some of the symptomology, but true lung disease is not reversible. I also have diabetes and Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism but his reactions to this information given to him, revealed to my wife and I, that he did not know this either. I traveled from my town to this larger city he practiced pulmonology medicine in. It was 240 miles round trip each time to see him because we have no pulmonologists in our own town. The ones in nearby towns - 40 to 50 miles away, are lacking in testing machinery and pulmonologists. They must refer us to ones in this larger city, 120 miles away.

The Certified Respiratory Therapist in our own town has been excellent at times. He cannot go further however, than full PFTs and placing his own non-doctor comments on them, which varied a great deal on my last testing, via his serious downgrading of my lung disease. He made diagnostic comments on my previous tests, that turned out to be exactly accurate; mild to moderate heart failure later diagnosed also by Dr. Cardiac Person. I do like Dr. Cardiac Person, due to him listening and explaining test results. Dr. Pulmonary Person, however, acts as if he is drifting off to sleep when you are talking to him and only gives a shake of his head to most questions a patient might ask him. I, therefore, cancelled my future visits with him which were scheduled at months apart. Dr. Cardiac person is also beginning to concern me because he has become easily angered, which he tries not to show. One of his nurses told me at my last in-person visit with him, that he called a man a dirty name, behind his back. It made me wonder what could have triggered such behavior in a doctor. The answer is obvious however, he is beginning to experience “doctor burnout”. I still love doctors and I know their jobs are extremely difficult, so as a Christian man I pray before I go to doctor visits and you should too, if you have a heart toward God and struggling mankind.

2 Corinthians 4:9: “Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed”

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Much of my published written works have been on the subject of health disorders/diseases. I literally researched 1,000s of hours in order to compile the best possible information for them in my own words, that could fit into 6,000 to 12,000 word-length books, that are exclusive to Amazon; as are all others I have written. I do however, have some that are much longer. Most people who are ill with these diseases are not looking for lengthy dissertations, in order to obtain the most important information that most laypersons are seeking (non medical professionals, who are patients). Very few doctors have time to thoroughly educate their patients. The reputable information that is available online, usually requires searching multiple sites to find all of the abridged, full-spectrum, layperson information needed by uninformed patients. I have studied these resources and medical manuals, to compile my books into relate-able resources for fellow patients.