I went to a new doc today. I really went because my lower back and hip arthritis are getting worse and some of the other more treatable symptoms. I have a yeast skin infection as well. So, I go, and the intern was very nice to me, but he isn't allowed to make any decisions, so after he took all my info and did the exam, he had to refer me to the real doc at the practice. The real doc was mean to me. First, he was like, how do you know you have CFIDS? And I was just like, basically too out of it and kind of surprised to say, "cause like twenty to thirty docs over the last fifteen years all agree that I have CFIDS. Duh." So I just basically said, cause that's how I was diagnosed. How did I get it? "From someone I was dating." "CFIDS is not a contagious disease, it is a disease of exclusion." "No, what I have definitely came from an infectious agent." So basically, he turned the whole visit into an argument of if I really have CFIDS and what CFIDS is. He doesn't know anything about the disease, or much else from what I gathered. I told him I have severe acid reflux and I cannot take NSAIDS anymore. So he still prescribed some coated Naproxen, which I'm leary of with my stomach problems, but I took it anyway. Like if I bleed out and die, my family can sue him. Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled with the visit, and because he made me so uncomfortable, I was not able to ask for the blood tests I wanted run or the back xray I would like to have to see what's up with the arthritis. I am getting some blood work, but it's not really all I wanted. I am just so sick of these doctors treating us like crap because of the name of the illness. If I'd come in there with any other name, I believe he would not have been half as hostile to me. He was acting like I'm just a whiner. And these docs never get that I would rather be dead than be in their office. I hadn't gone to a doc in like two years because I'd had it with this treatment. And finally, I just went only because I cannot manage the pain on my own any longer and some of the other symptoms do need attention. He did see the skin yeast infection. Obviously, I am not making up the symptoms. But he was still acting like I was just a professional whiner or something. I am mad and upset. I think there should be a law that doctors have to treat all patients with respect and kindness no matter what ailment they come in with. He told me to get an over the counter cream for my skin, but I can't afford it. Not a dime at the moment. I do better with yogurt and cutting my sugar down anyway. It's not like creaming it is going to stop me from getting it back since I seem to get them at the drop of a hat lately. My immune system is kind of down and there was no point in even trying to talk to this doc about that. I'm upset that I finally took the time to go to the doctor after a long while to get some help and I feel like I didn't get the help I needed. Of course they cannot cure this disease, but they can help with some of the symptoms if they want to. But most of these docs don't seem to want to help at all.