For years I have been receiving junk mails from this hospital at my school. So i decided to visit and get some help regarding a recent, irregular weight gain. (Irregular as in i was eating at a healthy calorie deficit, avoiding junk food and exercising regularly). I wanted to visit an endocrinoligist to have my hormones checked including cortisol.
So here's what happened:
the nurse talked me out of seeing the endocrinoligst and instead seeing family medicine doctor (even though i'd seen one for over a year on this issue with little help and had previously mentioned that to her)
the nurse told me the doctor would do all the tests. This was misinformation.
I came back for the results. The next doctor had no idea what was going on. I had to repeat my story over again, i thought this was unprofessional and i think he was looking for an excuse as to why he didn't have to look to see the cause of my issue. Prejudged me on my looks and basically didn't believe me nor my food diary. He wanted to treat me for depression and prescribed me phentermine, an appetite suppressant. I am barely eating anythign now. So i had no idea why he wanted to prescribe that to me.
When he told me about the results, i was informed that not all the tests i wanted were done. The nurse told me that not all could be done by blood work. I asked her about this before cancelling the endocrinilogist and she said all tests would be done.
Turns out he prescribed me phentermine: a. because he didn't actually want to look into my issue further.
b. by prescribing me that medication, the visit was now not covered under insurance and i had to pay the full coverage. He had not informed me of this.
At the end, they encouraged me not to come back to the hospital. I was visibly upset, i felt i got the runaround and no answers.
I still do not have an answr for my rapid weight gain. What i have though is experience of an incompetent doctor with lack of compassion or willingness to try anything new.
The nurse is nice but made some bad decisions on my behalf. Obviously i won't go back there again.
I have discovered in Korea, when it comes to unexplicable weight gain they have two diagnosis: 1. surgery (which never helps in the long run) or 2. fat burners. I was hoping for a doctor that would dig deeper. Now having this experience at two hospitals, i realize it will be the same everywhere.
I am writing this as a warning to others, not to expect doctors here to dig deeper into complex issues. They just won't invest the time.