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i'm so frustrated at my derm!

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today is the 1st time i go visit a derm...i usually just go to my family dr and finally after a year he refers me to this derm. i had to drive for 40 mins to his office, and i waited for an hour and 5 mins for my turn. in the room the guy whos taking notes of the stuff i say (medications i used etc) is just a university student...a trainee. after he got all the stuff down he went out for a long time and came in with the 'real' derm and another trainee and he barely even looked at my face. he just kept writing down prescribtions and i HATED his attitude. he sounded so ignorant i wanted to punch him. after 3 minutes he was done with me and i was directed to get my prescribtions in another place where i have to do another 15 mins drive to find. then that place say they can't fill my presc. cause they are too busy...blahblah. in the end i paid for another $5 for delivery to my house which will only arrive at my house on wed. (my house is around 40 mins away from these).

i'm so mad. i can't believe i waited for a month for this appointment, an hour in the waiting room for this kind of service. are all derms like this? or did i get bad one?

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Aww that sucks that you had such a bad experience. :comfort: Your description reminded me of a derm I saw year ago. I used to think they might all be frauds, thoughtlessly prescribing antibiotics and ineffective topicals and seemingly caring more about me coming back every few months......than they did about actually helping me get rid of acne. Often I would leave their office in disgust and, sometimes, in tears.

Fortunately I discovered that wasn't the case with all of them. It seemed that the derms I went to as a teenager (that my mom's primary care physician referred me to) did fit that mold but when I was in my 20's I began looking for derms on my own. I found an amazing one who gave me faith back in the profession.

I can tell that the derm you went to really left a bad impression with you, and given the way you feel about the experience I think you could find a lot better. If your acne is really bothering you, a lot of times when you call for a new patient appointment, the receptionist/nurse/whoever is answering the phone will have sympathy for you. If your acne is affecting your self-esteem and keeping you from wanting to spend time with friends, or leave your house, or things like that, I've found it helpful to explain those concerns. I tell them that I understand I may have to wait, but would they be kind enough to put me on a waiting list in case anyone cancels their appointment? I've gotten an appointment 2 days later (when they told me the new patient wait was around 1.5 months)

It may take some searching but I bet you'll find a good dermatologist and hopefully you won't have to wait a full month before you can see them. I've found that the way a dermatologist's office answers their phones can be indicative of how they treat their patients. If you feel like the receptionist was rude and trying to get you off the phone asap, then it's likely that the derm treats his/her patients the same way.

Don't lose hope in dermatologists :) There are some awesome ones out there but I definitely think there are plenty of apathetic and clueless ones as well.

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Wow....that is a bad derm. :comfort:. It is soooo frustrating to make the appointment months in advance, wait forever in the waiting room, be seen for 3 minutes with very little interest & then dismissed with a prescription thrown at you when they've hardly even looked at your skin.

I had some bad derm experiences, not quite that bad, but it left me disillusioned.

My most recent derm has been much more thorough and interested in me as a patient, and that has restored my hope.

Don't settle for this guy....keep looking til you find the right doctor for you.

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Just get a new doctor. This one sounds awful. However, don't hold it against dermatologist if his nurse, PA, or resident takes down your medical history and vitals- that's typical and should allow a doctor to spend more time with you discussing the actual issue at hand. Unfortunately, a lot of doctors just want to bring in as many patients as possible to make the most money. If you're going to a larger practice group or one associated with some sort of medical institution, that pressure can be huge. Not that it's an excuse, but people in solo practices do tend to have more autonomy and you may have more success finding a more caring physician if you go that route. That said, the last derm I saw was not much better than yours, so it can be a hard process. I remember the derm I had as a teen was excellent.

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Yeah, get a new one. Don't support him, by going to him.

My derm is much better. Although she refuses to properly treat my acne, but at least she makes it seem trivial. "Acutane? You don't need that! Look, this will work perfectly for you. Just give it 2 - 3 months and it will be fine. I'm positive of it"

Or "You call that acne? Don't worry about it, but I'll give you X. It'll clear it up in 2 months. But don't worry about it." (when I have damn terrible acne)

At least she leaves me feeling she cares, and it will work. But it never does. And I've wasted so many years of my life just trying to get accutane. Perhaps I also should get a new derm..

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40 mins away? that's quite far, i'm sure there's more closer and BETTER derms around. Ask to be refered to some1 else.

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I made an appointment 2 months ago and i still have 2 more to go.. to see a derm... im sure my face will be too clear for them to want to give me Accutane by then.

I hate how a lot of Docs nowadays take less than 5 mins with a patient... but you can always hear them in the hallways shooting the shit with other employees before they get around to seeing their patients... My fam doc didnt even give me a referral and he didnt even look interested in looking at my skin but all he said was You should try Accutane to knock it out. They used to prescribe it there... but i never got on it back in the day but i didnt know about it either.

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cinn05,

I know how you feel i had a similar expierance with a dermatologist. The point is these dermatologists dont want to do shit. And the only thing they prescribe is antibiotics, which dont help. Or they help, but kill other system in your body. This girl that i know whom also goes to the same facialist that i do, had a derm prescribe her these VERY strong antibiotics, it helped her. But she had to stop? Why because the antiobiotics burned her stomach, and now she cannot eat normal foods, cuz her stomach hurts so much, plus she has to throw half the stuff, because her stomach doesnt digest it. I dont recommend antibiotics to anyone, and dermatologists are only dermatologists for the money, also they only prescribe antibiotics without even paying attention to your face, dont trust a dermatologist.

Toma :cool:

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i've had bad derm experiences too. i went to one last year and he was so rude.. i can't wrap my mind around it. i read on a plaque on his wall some "oath" about not prescribing drugs that can hurt people yet had the audacity to suggest accutane! what struck a chord was he criticized my use of birth control and said it won't help my acne [which it has]. he thought i was using it for the "typical" reasons and that pissed me off so much that a dermatologist would judge me. especially some guy who was obviously a flaming gay or in the closet.

he described some doxycline and spent about 5 minutes or less in the room.

i felt like a piece of dirt to him when i had to pay 120 dollars at the desk for co=pay or something.

what a waste of money but i've learned my lesson.

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I'm a little confused with my derm visit. I ended up having to make one a month in advance. When they saw me they were very helpful and friendly, and I got a scrip for 'tane. I was told once I sent them my bloodwork I would be good to go, but that was a month ago, and still no word from them! I've called at least five times since then and they haven't really done anything.

So I was told to wait till my next monthly appointment, which is tomorrow, to begin accutane. But if that's the case, why did they write me a scrip for it last month? What was the point of the first visit at all? To make matters worse, I suddenly can't find my scrip, or any of the paperwork they had given me, which I kept in the center drawer of my desk. I just got back from vacation and it's all missing. Great, now what'll I do...?

And I leave for college in four days, so they'd better get me some answers, fast!

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thanks for all the reassuring words:) i'll try out the prescribtion first and see if it works or not...if not, i'll definitely go back to my family dr. and ask him to refer me to another one...or just let him do the job again. i think my family dr did a much better job than my derm, at least he showed that he cared and didn't make me feel like crap after the visits...

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thanks for all the reassuring words:) i'll try out the prescribtion first and see if it works or not...if not, i'll definitely go back to my family dr. and ask him to refer me to another one...or just let him do the job again. i think my family dr did a much better job than my derm, at least he showed that he cared and didn't make me feel like crap after the visits...

Make sure & let your family doctor know of your bad experience with this derm. He may not recommend that derm to people anymore, or may know of a different derm.

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Your experience at the derm sounds a lot like mine. I waited about an hour and a half after my set appointment before they took me in. When they took me in I had to wait about another 20 minutes. When my derm came in he took a very quick glimpse at my face then sent me to get my glycolic peel done by assistant. I sat in the room for less than 10 minutes with him. The visit costed me $70, the peel costed $120 and the glycolic toner was $50(which I found later online for $25 shipped). I will NEVER go to a dermatologist again unless it's an emergency. Not only was the service bad, the prices are ridiculous even though most places charge the same. I now perform glycolic peels by myself and save HUNDREDS of dollars.

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The last derm I went to just felt my face and handed me a bajillion bottles of shit cleansers,moisturizers and some harsh locoid lipocream product for redness.

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same thing with me I waited for an hour .....he takes a quick look at me like 10 sec and says just take this antibotic I ask him some questions about my skin damage he's like just take the prescription and off he goes without answering any of my questions all they know is to give antibotics ...and the second time I go ...he is like ur supposed to be clear by now and I still had some redmarks and one pimple he's like accutane would be good for you when I didn't even have severe and he only looked at my skin for like 5 sec .....

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