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pitlin 03-18-2014 11:27 AM

I am so bummed
 
Just got my cholesterol test results back,and I was very happy with my numbers. My total was 225, LDL was 133, HDL was 77, and Trigs were 73. My Dr. wants to put me on statins. I said no, and she is not at all happy about it. I pointed out that my ratios were great,it didn't matter. Getting a new Dr. is not really an option, there are very few health care providers in my area that except my insurance.

Leo41 03-18-2014 11:48 AM

I don't see keeping my doctor 'happy' as my responsibility.

For several years, my LDL was high, and my primary doctor, as well as my cardiologist and endo, all made 'statin noises.' I ignored them.

They all knew that I was hypothyroid--and had gone undiagnosed for over 5 years thanks to my primary who missed all the signs. What I learned on my own (that they all admitted later was true) is that my low thyroid caused elevated LDL.

When I was provided with appropriate thyroid Rx, my LDL slowly went down.

What was particularly annoying to me is that my cardiologist and endo are otherwise excellent doctors, but they have been so 'brainwashed' by Big Pharma that they just had a 'reaction' to my LDL number without realizing that the elevated number was due to my untreated thyroid.

Use your judgment. I doubt that your doctor would refuse you as a non-compliant patient over this, and if she does, then you are better off finding another one.

ravenrose 03-18-2014 12:13 PM

what you say is true Leo, yet a doctor can also decline to treat people who too blatantly refuse to do what they are asked to, can't they? I find it better to humor them and act dumbish sometimes.

as far as statins go, I had to get a VAP test and keep referring to the particle size stuff it turned up. it seems to shut them up.

Leo41 03-19-2014 08:06 AM

Yes, raven. I thought I mentioned the fact that the OP might be risking the doctor refusing care for a 'non-complaint' patient, and that's why I said it's the OP's 'judgment call' on this.

Personally, rather than take a Rx that I didn't deem necessary, I'd find another doctor rather than capitulate to 'keep' him or her.

In fact, I've refused doctor's suggestions or recommendations with no problems at all. When we're in agreement, I'm the most compliant patient in the universe, and IMO that's how it should work.

I was just reading on another thread where some woman wants to start Atkins, but her doctor insists that she must also 'eat fruit.' To me, that's totally nutty; fruit is unnecessary, and if that were my own doctor, I'd nod my head and pretend to agree and ignore fruit. Sometimes it's not that easy--as with taking statins. But they are far too dangerous to take simply to humor the doctor, IMO.

Seeking 03-22-2014 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16841393)
I don't see keeping my doctor 'happy' as my responsibility.

Indeed, you shouldn't.

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16841393)
For several years, my LDL was high, and my primary doctor, as well as my cardiologist and endo, all made 'statin noises.' I ignored them.

I love it when I see independent thinkers.

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16841393)
They all knew that I was hypothyroid--and had gone undiagnosed for over 5 years thanks to my primary who missed all the signs. What I learned on my own (that they all admitted later was true) is that my low thyroid caused elevated LDL.

You folks on here are smarter than any doctor I've encountered.

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16841393)
When I was provided with appropriate thyroid Rx, my LDL slowly went down.

There ya go! And I bet the docs were shocked, too. Absolutely baffled. Astounded. Confounded. Turned their world upside down. Then they forgot about it the next day.

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16841393)
What was particularly annoying to me is that my cardiologist and endo are otherwise excellent doctors, but they have been so 'brainwashed' by Big Pharma that they just had a 'reaction' to my LDL number without realizing that the elevated number was due to my untreated thyroid.

Classic Brainwashed-Doctor-Syndrome. (BDS)

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16841393)
Use your judgment. I doubt that your doctor would refuse you as a non-compliant patient over this, and if she does, then you are better off finding another one.

Exactly. Couldn't have said it better myself. My mom had undiagnosed diabetes for years before some doctor finally had an extra brain cell to spare and decided to have my mom's blood sugar tested. She'd go in for yeast infection after yeast infection after yeast infection and no one thought to test her all those years. Someone should smack these "doctors" upside the head.

Aomiel 04-03-2014 06:29 AM

There are way too many doctors out there to ever suffer one who thinks they're an omnipotent god.

Not sure if you're male or female but if you're a female, then statins won't help you anyway. You might want to get ahold of a book by Dr. Malcolm Kendricks called "The Great Cholesterol Con". It's an eye opener.

You say finding another doctor is not an option *but* I find it hard to believe he is the 'only' doctor in your area that accepts your medical coverage. Not many insurance programs are that severely limited. Keep looking...before you actually need a doctor who will listen to you and work with you. Doctors like the one you have (i.e. don't listen) are harmful to your long term health.


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