I have been going to a dermatologist for a year because of my skin condition. She was rather jumping to prescribing a drug I am very wary about, so I had asked to rule out other treatments before resorting to that strong drug. She agreed and we tried other things. However, one year later and I am back to where I was.
I sought another medical opinion because I knew we had exhausted the options with my original dermatologist. The second dermatologist also advised to take that strong drug, but I was not very impressed with her as she tried to sell me her studio's own skincare line of 8 products "for a very special price if I was paying cash on the spot". This 2nd dermatologist prescribed me a battery of lab tests to check my hormones, and she said to consult with my gynecologist - which I did - and to come back. I didn't want to come back to her as I didn't like the sale attempt.
Instead, I did the labs and went back to my original dermatologist with the lab results in hand. She asked who had prescribed those, and I said the gyno after I sought a second opinion. It seems my answer upset her, and I wasn't happy with the service I got. It seems she prescribed what the other dermatologist suggested, rather than what she would have prescribed.
I thought it was a form of flattery saying I went elsewhere but I liked/trusted her best. However, it seems my remark went the opposite way.
In Italy it is pretty common to seek a second and a third opinion before taking important medical decisions, and I don't understand why this doctor was upset. A local friend said that here some doctor do not like to have their authority questioned.
Now I don't feel supported in this new treatment with the strong drug, but I don't want to waste one year of work with my original dermatologist.
Thoughts? Especially from Rice whose husband is an MD!