With 24 years in private practice, I frequently see people suffering from medical apathy: a learned helplessness that comes from seeing doctors who don’t help.
Many people, like you, get stuck, feel frustrated, lonely and disconnected. This holds true especially because you don’t have the training or time to figure it all out, and you often don’t know who to see next.
Sadly, you may be told from ‘specialists’ and ‘ologists’ that your condition is “just because,” or you have been dealt a bad hand of cards; it’s genetic, or you’re just going to have to live with it.
Perhaps you have a big folder full of tests, but still have no answer.
In some cases, you may have the wrong diagnosis. You have exhausted the ‘best’ of what conventional medicine has to offer—more medications—and are now looking for real answers to your questions: what you have, and why you feel the way you do.
My personal health crisis has enabled me to see where the gaps and missing links occur in health care.
If they existed for me, they probably exist for you.
Although my patients’ experiences with crisis care may differ from mine in severity, diagnosis and treatment, their stories feel very similar to mine. Patients are left to fend for themselves, to coordinate their own care, and they don’t have the time, energy or comfort to do that.
They tell me, “I’ve been to this specialist, that ‘ologist’, etc. I don’t know what to do. I don’t feel well, and I don’t know where to go. Who is willing to take on the job of really helping me?”
In what circumstances should someone facing a disease or unresolved health issue see me before another practitioner?
Different doctors, looking at the same data, will see it through different lenses, based on their backgrounds, training and experience.
People see one “ologist” or expert after another, but do those specialists have the right training to understand all aspects of the patient’s condition? What in my training and experience enables me to figure it all out?
Having been through this personally has caused me to train differently and think differently.
My perspective will usually be very different from your general practitioner, and that will result in different treatment methods. I will ask different questions and look for different things. I will also analyze the data very differently. Therefore, my approach will lead to very different interventions.
Most doctors look at the what, whereas I look at the why.
If you are looking for a doctor who believes the secret to restoring health lies in the next pharmaceutical drug, or the next coronary stent, I’m not that doctor.
If you are looking for a physician who will listen to you, help you sort through the maze and strive to create the health outcome you want, I am that doctor. Working with me in advance of a health crisis may prevent the crisis.
Last, if you’ve had a health crisis, or you are looking to resolve your current health problem, I can help you conquer your condition.Dr. Z