I got an email today from Dr. Naturopathic’s assistant, with a copy of the doctor’s treatment plan for me. She had forgotten to give it to me yesterday. It includes:
Areas of concern:
- Rule out h.pylori and hernia
- Check insurance to see if they will cover testing for hormones and neurotransmitters.
- See if correcting the above resolves the reflux, if not test further for causes.
- Take the supplements that she suggested to me yesterday, including the fish oil
Reading these notes confirms my gut feeling that this woman was not listening to me. I went in there because of my vitamin b12 deficiency – that is not mentioned in the plan at all.
I don’t know why she is emphasizing anxiety, sleep and depression. I told her that my anxiety is well under control from my medication, but she feels it could be the cause of my reflux as well as my "insomnia". I told her that I did not have insomnia, that I wake up a lot in the night because I have to go to the bathroom, and Mr. Lemon snores. Her reply to that was that when I was 20 years old I didn’t get up in the night. So obviously I am not sleeping as deeply as I was then because in my 20′s I would have slept through a full bladder.
This is the craziest anti-logic I have ever heard. First of all in my 20′s I did not sleep with someone who snored. Second of all, I have since had two children. Is there anyone out there who hasn’t needed to go to the bathroom in the night after they had children? I’m not sleeping as deeply? Well, maybe from years of having to be half asleep in case my children cried out in the night, perhaps I now sleep less deeply. But being awoken by having to go to the bathroom, and by a snoring body right next to me, does not equate with insomnia.
Then there is the issue of depression. Where did she get this? I did tell her that five years ago I went off of my hormones and I had a pretty ugly episode of depression, but when I went back on them I was fine. She now seems to think that depression is an issue for me, and whether it is or isn’t, well, I am certainly not going to talk about my mental health issues with her right now.
And the fish oil! I told her that I WILL NOT TAKE FISH OIL. But she wrote it in as part of the treatment plan "fish oil – 2000 to 3000 mg/day". She really didn’t want to hear what I had to say about my feelings on fish oil. Actually she didn’t want to hear what I had to say much at all. She talked a lot, and she never paused for me to ask any questions. Then she would ask me if I had any questions, and I was so full of her talking that I couldn’t think of any questions, so then she would continue to talk and talk. She thinks my "allergies" may be the cause of all of my problems, but I don’t really have any allergies, other than pollen and hay. But wait, didn’t she say the neurotransmitters are the cause of all of my problems?
I just want the b12 situation fixed. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the doctor for me. I know that other people have had luck with naturopathic doctors, so I am not sure if it is just that this particular one is not for me, or if I am not compatible with naturopathy. I had high hopes for this, but it isn’t totally a lost cause I suppose.
Based on her recommendations, I do plan to make an appointment with my GI doctor to be tested for some things that might cause reflux, and maybe if we find a cause I can fix it without medication. That is the plan for now, while also taking the b12 injections and sublingual supplements.