As many of you may know by now, I’m not a fan of doctors or the medical community at large. My opinions were based solely on my experiences with doctors — which were terrible. However, over time, I’ve done more and more research into why doctors suck so much at treating chronic pain, specifically tension myositis syndrome, known as mind-body disorder (MBD). The following information helps explain the mess of our medical system and why doctors don’t always know best.
Errors All Too Common
When I went in for my initial chronic pain, I had hope that the doctors would be able to pinpoint a specific problem and then suggest a remedy for it. Instead, months were spent taking different tests, trying different medicines and being told the same thing: “I don’t know what’s wrong with you, there’s nothing wrong on the medical tests.” As time went on, and I changed more and more doctors, their suggestions would get more extreme, all to no avail. I’m so glad I found out about Dr. Sarno and MBD before doing anything too drastic and making an irreversible change to my body.
Scarily, my story is far from alone. There are thousands of people dying each year from medical errors — somewhere between 250,000, according to a conservative estimate from a CNBC Modern Medicine article. It also notes that medical errors are the third highest cause of death in America, following cancer and heart disease. Clearly, something is very broken within the medical system in America.
Trained Only Twelve Hours
A complete lack of adequate pain management training has been a problem for a long time all around the world. For example, the National Pain Report noted a European study which found that medical students only receive 12 hours of training in pain management during their six-year program. That equates to only 0.2% of the course focus being dedicated to chronic pain. Furthermore, of those schools, a massive 82% don’t have compulsory pain-study courses.
This means that on average, those stepping into the medical profession may be woefully unprepared for the realities of those suffering with chronic pain. No wonder sometimes doctors don’t seem like they know what they’re doing! It’s because they don’t! This fact alone means that if your doctor is trying to push medicine or a surgery, you need to recognize that while they may be trying to help, they may also have no freaking clue what they’re talking about.
Comorbidity (Multiple Diseases at the Same Time)
MBD impacts the body. Before being diagnosed, many people may believe that they just have multiple physical ailments which are separate from one another. However, once you’ve been diagnosed with MBD, then your diseases are comorbid.
Comorbidity means that as the diseases impact one another, they can lead to higher intensities of the different diseases, as well as increasing number and severity of complications. This makes treatment leagues more difficult.
According to a study published in the Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, one of the main problems with treating a patient with a high level of morbidity is that often one of the comorbid diseases is overlooked. The study notes that that is very true for those who have both mental illnesses and physical illnesses. Depending on the specialist or practitioner, they may decide to focus on their area of expertise, not addressing the other connected diseases.
For all of these reasons, I hope you will now think long and hard about what your doctor tells you. It’s important that you do what feels good for your mind and body.