Gender bias in health care is a serious concern. In an article in Salon.com, a woman recounted her experience with her doctor in which he told her that her symptoms were all in her head. I’d like to share with you the insightful conclusion she came to:
“The assumptions this doctor had made about my mental and physical health forced me to confront a painful truth: that even though doctors have my best interest at heart, their unacknowledged biases would sometimes cause them to act against my best interest.
The power dynamic between patient and doctor is inherently skewed: patients must suffer with the daily implications of their sickness without knowing how to fix it, whereas doctors have all the knowledge of possible cures but no firsthand access to the symptoms.
For a successful resolution, communication between both parties must be clear. More important, it must be bolstered by a solid layer of trust. If you stop trusting your doctor for any reason – because they doubt your symptoms, because they’ve failed you in the past, because they don’t seem to empathize with your pain – suddenly you lose control of your life’s narrative. You feel powerless and alone.
There’s something almost unbearably discouraging about doing all the things you’re instructed to do (eat fruits and vegetables, exercise, get enough sleep) and still becoming chronically ill. Doctors are supposed to illuminate a path to wellness, but when they treat patients condescendingly instead of acting like the patient is an equal partner in the quest for health, they only serve to further diminish the patient’s sense of control.”
Understanding Why Your Doctor Thinks It’s All In Your Head And What To Do About It
This woman’s comments show a great deal of maturity and wisdom. Sometimes we forget that doctors are human and have foibles and prejudices just like everyone else. The truth is that – even though they should be – not all of them have great (or even marginal) communication skills. Too bad there’s no ‘Communication 101’ class taught in medical school.
In addition to good communication, to find a resolution to your chronic pain problem, you need not only a doctor who is willing to listen, but also – and more importantly – one who is able to find the cause of your chronic pain.
A common cause of chronic muscle and joint pain are two inherited, abnormal foot structures – Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. Your doctor may not be aware of these foot structures even though he is a good caregiver in other areas.
Being told that it’s all in your head leads nowhere. Take affirmative action by reading this website and learn about the Rothbarts Foot, PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity and the therapy that effectively treats these abnormal foot structures. Then provide your doctor with the post, Six Articles To Share With Your Doctor If You Have Chronic Pain. If he has your best interest in mind, no doubt he will at least read the information you provide him.
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Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain