First of all, I have had the problem of frequent urination at least since age 9. And secondly, I am definitely under a doctor’s care.
Anyway, my first urologist recently retired. There’s no need to identify him. So let’s just call him Dr. A. He was my father’s urologist too. And we always judged him to be intelligent, dedicated and capable. He said my frequent urination was caused by an incomplete emptying of my bladder. He said owing to its dangers and my relative youth, there was no need for surgery yet.
And when I went there to take the ‘uroflow’ test, Dr. A would basically say, ‘Well, you’re still not completely emptying. Okay, see you next time!’ I’m not saying he was indifferent. But that is a not too inaccurate portrayal of what happened.
Now, I am seeing a much younger doctor. Call him Dr. B. And he has a much much different approach. He almost gets upset that I am not completely emptying my bladder. One time, he literally told me, if I don’t urinate by the end of the day, go to the emergency room. Dr. A never said that. (And remember that I’ve had this problem since 9.) Oh, and Dr. B says he wants to do surgery. Just a couple stitches on either side is all it would take, he told me. In fact, he was almost ready to schedule me for surgery, until I said, wait a minute! Let me think about it. And then he looked mildly insulted.
Why such differences in approaches to basically the same medical field? And which one was the correct approach? Because I could always see another doctor. In fact there are plenty more in that same office that are colleagues of Dr. A and that I am sure would have his same approach. And I’ve also have to ask, am I doing something wrong here? That last one may just be my irrational worry talking. But I had to include it.
Oh, has anyone else had similar experiences?