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Re: Article about women being mislabled as 'hysterics' and sexism in medicine

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Originally Posted by sarahsweets View Post
Its not new but it shouldnt be an issue anymore. As a woman with chronic pain related to very real conditions I cant tell you the amount of sniffs and dismissals I have gotten from male doctors. Right now I am wearing an expensive handbrace:

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Because I need joint replacement surgery. My doctor says Im so young to have it he might want to hold off. Meanwhile Im in pain and he thinks its no big deal, even though I get cortisone shots and stuff.
My age and my gender and the fact that I dont work I "just" stay at home with kids all play into it.
Ah, yes, the "you're too young" concern. I figured I'd get that attitude from the
doctor at my clinic, which is why I wanted to see the PA. Sure enough, since
she isn't there every day, the doctor had his nurse call me and let me know his
recommendation was an epidural. No invitation to come in and discuss the
options, just his opinion without talking to me AT ALL.

The nurse seemed surprised when I insisted that I would wait for the PA to
call me back and actually discuss it with me like an adult ... like a "man"?
Bless her heart, she set me up to see a specialist at the spine hospital.

Of course it's another man and I'm prepared for the same male superiority
to inform me of what he wants to do for me instead of seeking my input, in
which case I will simply walk out and reject their bill and ask the PA to find
me a different specialist.
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