Dr. Drew also did a show called “Loveline”. We, the public, are so lucky to have him. Let me remind you of his Credentials once again. He is a Board Certified Internist and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. Got it? Great. Since these next topics kind of apply to me.
A caller to his show was inquiring about his girlfriend’s “conditions” which included endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, lactose intolerance, and “no stomach lining”.
Dr. Drew jumps in before the guy can get to his actual question. Dr. Drew “explains” that “These are what we call sort of functional disorders. Everything you mentioned, are things that actually aren’t discernably pathological. They’re what we call “garbage bag diagnoses” (actually they are referred to as idiopathic moron) when you can’t think of anything else, you go “Eh, it’s that” So then it makes me question why is she so somatically preoccupied that she’s visiting doctors all the time with pains and urinary symptoms and pelvic symptoms, and then that makes me wonder was she sexually abused growing up?”. The boyfriend never said the girlfriend was “preoccupied” or “visiting doctors all the time” he actually said she refuses to go most of the time. He did say there was some abuse earlier in her life.
Dr. Drew continued to explain that when people have unexplained pain, pelvic pain, it’s called somatoform dissociation. The only way her body, which was suffering during those early experiences, can tell it’s tale of “woe” is with pain. What she really needs is a trauma specialist not a Urologist. He finished with “Ya know what I’m saying?”.
ACTUALLY I DON’T CONSIDERING I HAVE A FORM OF SOMATOFORM DISORDER CALLED CONVERSION DISORDER. I HAD PELVIC PAIN, POLYCYSTIC OVARY DISEASE, AND CELIAC DISEASE. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? I DIDN’T TAKE ANY OF IT SERIOUSLY BECAUSE MY DOCTOR DIDN’T. NOT UNTIL THE DAY MY FEET SWELLED 5 TIMES THEIR NORMAL SIZE AND I WAS DOWN TO 119 POUNDS AT 5’6″. I STILL THOUGHT IT WAS NOTHING BECAUSE I WAS TAUGHT NOT TO “BOTHER” DOCTORS. BUT SOMETHING MADE ME GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THE E.R. DOC LOOKED AT MY FEET THEN MY FACE AND RAN TO GET MY BLOOD RESULTS. I WAS OUT BY THE TIME HE CAME BACK. WHEN THEY BROUGHT ME BACK HE WAS CRYING. HE SAID I NEEDED TO CONTACT MY FAMILY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OR GIVE HIM THE NUMBERS, THEN ASKED IF I WANTED TO SEE A PRIEST WHILE I COULD. I WAS IN RENAL FAILURE. BY THE END I LOST MY RIGHT KIDNEY AND PART OF MY LEFT. I AM CONSIDERED TO BE IN STAGE 3 CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE.
My Conversion Disorder had no part in my Kidney Failure except that is ALL the doctors saw on my chart. Wait! They also saw Bipolar Disorder. That equaled-YOU’RE DISMISSED!
I still go through this frequently. I literally have to wait until I am seriously ill before getting treatment. If I don’t I’m given the brush off. Just one of the extremely frustrating things.
I then have the opposite problem with some other doctors who take Medicare. They say I’m there for 130 minutes of Psychotherapy when I’m actually only there long enough to be handed my prescriptions, sometimes not even by them!
Other than that everything is peachy.
Due to Dr. Drew’s radio appearance tonight I’m posting this again.