If there are any medical doctors in the audience, I do respect your profession. Mankind as we know it would literally cease to exist without you guys and gals.
But why can't we get a diagnosis without spending thousands on tests, and then sometimes they come up with a blank anyway?
Yes I know they do give diagnoses. A simple blood screening diagnosed my wife with diabetes type 2. And I realize that things like a broken arm or a sprained ankle or an ulcer are not problem diagnoses.
But when I go in with a strange rash on my arm, and you stand at your computer for 14 out of 15 minutes not even looking in my direction, what's the point of me coming in?
Isn't "rash" one of the known symptoms of fibromyalgia?
You were hemming and hawing over a diagnosis during the 30 seconds that you actually viewed my arm without touching it. Finally, just to get some closure out of you, I said "maybe it's folliculitis," so you turned back to the security of your computer screen and typed in "folliculitis without pus." Is it proper for a doctor to allow ME to make the diagnosis for YOU? And how the hell does someone get folliculitis without pus?
So you prescribed an antibiotic for one week. One week later, the rash was still there. Two weeks later it apparently vanished on its own power, coming and going with a strange purpose all its own. I didn't go back to the doctor, there's really no point except to waste money.
And how about this other doctor who hand-waved away my complaint about neck strain by saying, "Everybody gets that." Really? Everybody has chronic neck pain? Everybody has a pain that never completely goes away and requires daily stretching to relieve some of the pain? Wow. I must live on a different planet or something, because very few here seem to have that issue. Just one other guy I knew years ago who wore a neck brace. His neck surgery, of course, had just made matters worse.
If I was a doctor, maybe I would do the same things. Maybe I should walk a mile in their shoes. Imagine living under the burden of a $100,000 student loan. What would I do? Get a kick-back clinic job, work as fast as I can to get to the golf course a little early, knock the ball around until it gets dark, then go to my nice home and check on stock prices. Then, as soon as I get the loan paid off and my IRA is nice and fat, I will retire at 45.
Realistically, if I started now, maybe I could retire at 75. But as things are looking now, economically speaking, I will never be able to retire. I should become a doctor.