Originally Posted by jzamp
yes and no
If you are asking questions such as "hey i had this, what happens next? how was it for you?" it's one thing
but asking for a post-op rehab protocol to people who might or might not have any formal training/knowledge in physical therapy/rehab and that do not know anything about your procedure, did not read the op-report, and cannot actually have a first person look at your body is very
I, for one, do not feel comfortable giving you specific advice, and I've gone to school for this. Why? because my focus is ortho not internal medicine, and I am not familiar with your current condition. But even if it would have been a knee/shoulder/whatever it would be inconsiderate to give you more than the general, relatively conservative, approach.
That's prudent and given your background I can certainly understand where you're coming from. I hope and trust that in your practice you give your patients thorough and comprehensive treatment, researching the intricacies of their specific situations as they arise. As a matter of fact when I've had ortho type problems I've gotten that kind of care and my PT's have been excellent. In those situations I didn't feel as much need to do my own research.
As to the health thing we're discussing here, despite my seeing physicians with top reputations I have tended to get a one size fits all approach that resulted in things being missed, misdiagnosed and not optimally treated. I got the distinct feeling I was in a mill ringing cash registers but not getting good care because I was outside the box a little. Who knows if I have been seeing the best doctors in my area but, as I said, they certainly have top reputations amongst other healthcare practitioners.
When I sought out input from those having similar problems by researching the web, then and only then did I get a handle on my situation and how to bring about that which finally resolved my issue. Would I have blindly followed their input? Of course not. But by getting that info it I could challenge my doctors and I can tell you this, they sure as hell needed challenging.
You could say with no disagreement from me I shouldn't had to have done their jobs for them but the fact is I had to turn over my own stones. So that's what I'm doing here. Based on my experiences I simply don't trust my doctors enough to not look over their shoulders. Look, I get the God complex thing I have doctors in my family. But in my book you've gotta earn it and they didn't.
Each avenue I've gone down this way offered a low probability of success but with enough attempts I've found invaluable input.