Always take a second opinion when visiting a doctor

If you look around this site, you will notice that I visit hospitals quite a bit (makes me look like someone who is really ill). For the past few months, I have been having a lot of pain in my wrist. It hurts when it is bent at an angle and I put any stress on it.

So, I visited an orthopedic expert who has a clinic in DLF Phase I (I do not want to name him here). This person is supposed to be a very experience doctor (he probably is, and I don’t doubt it). He examined my wrist, moved it around, pressed it a couple of times, and asked me when it hurt. He immediately gave me a suspect diagnosis and asked me get an MRI done.

I don’t have a problem with getting an MRI done because that makes it easy to detect any problems that you may have. However, it was the suspect diagnosis that this doctor made that caused a lot of concern. This doctor told me that he suspects “Kienbock’s disease”. If you don’t know what that is, I recommend you to quickly go through that link. It is basically, an untreatable disease in the wrist which leads to disfigurement and complete loss of mobility of the wrist.

I was very disturbed and depressed with this. For a couple of months, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even get an MRI done. Well, I eventually got my MRI done, and decided to take the results to another doctor (this was Dr. Rajesh Bawari, a senior consultant at Max hospital in Gurgaon). When I got to the appointment, I had the MRI report with me. The doctor didn’t look at the MRI report, but asked me what the problem was. I told him about the pain in my wrist. He did the same thing (press my wrist at various points) and gave a conclusive diagnosis. He said that I have a very small Ganglion Cyst in my wrist. Now, if you look that link, you will see that this is a fairly common problem with a known treatment.

So, which doctor was better? Well, the MRI report should tell us. The MRI report mentioned that the scans are indicative of a Ganglion cyst, and the bone structure is completely normal (which it wouldn’t have been if I had Kienbock’s disease).

Furthermore, the doctor said, that the cyst is so small, that neither of the two prescribed procedures make sense, and I should try to endure the pain a little longer, since sometimes these Cysts disappear on their own.

I am psychologically very relieved. I just can’t imagine why the first doctor thought that I had a very rare and serious disease. But the lesson learnt was that one should always take a second opinion when it comes to doctors.

10 thoughts on “Always take a second opinion when visiting a doctor”

  1. I had a similar problem, when I suffered with pain in wrist on lifting heavy objects. After doing some research on the net, I finally zeroed on Dr Anurag Awasthi, an Orthopedic specialist from Sohna Road, Gurgaon. He told me that I was suffering from the TFCC tear in my wrist, and would do reasonably well with a course of wrist bracing and some exercises. When discussed even on doing an MRI, but he reassured me, that all will be fine in 4-6 weeks of time. After noticing marked improvement in my symptoms, I am certainly indebted to my doctor; and would happily recommend to my fellow citizens, whenever they are in dilemma; or need a second opinion.

  2. Cant help you guys with which dentist is good in Gurgaon, but can tell you who to keep away from.

    Dr Khullar at Khullar Dental Center, DLF 3, Gurgaon ranks as the worst dentist I have been to. First, he had me get two root canals which were not warranted. Second, he is not able to fix one of the root canals, and it takes EIGHT painful sittings with him, and my tooth still hurts. I am now getting it done from a dentist in Delhi, someone who I know is good. Even though I am travelling an hour just to get to him, at least I know my tooth will be done.

    And oh yeah, did I mention his outrageous charges – 4K for a root canal, 2x of what I am paying in Delhi.

    AVOID!!!

  3. Thanks 🙂

    Just got a Shiatsu and Thai Combo at Footcare for 1600 inclusive all taxes. As someone who use to pay a bomb at Asian Spa I found the experience worthwhile. My backache is gone and I actually felt rejuvinated even though it was a dry massage ! While the place was a little dingy and hence noise isolation an issue, I think Footcare is not bad.

    The VLCC Day Spa is a grt option provided you get a good therapist. I recommend Deepti.

  4. glad to hear you are okay. Btw I love your blog. As someone who has just moved to GG, it offers a wealth of information.

    Btw can you suggest a good dentist? How the clinic in Galleria?

    Also diff question but what do u think of the Footcare Spa in Galleria?

    1. Thanks and Thanks.

      I have visited the dental practice at Artemis, and found it satisfactory. I believe Dr. Tarun from Galleria also visits Artemis.

      For the Footcare Spa, no idea – as I have never used it. However if you search the site, there are experiences about other Spas here.

  5. Hi,

    My mother who is around 65 yrs is having some mix of problems related to heart and nerves. I have shown to my small town doctors who have done ECG and blood tests.
    I would like to show her to some best cardiologist in Gurgaon or Delhi either is fine but who dignosis problem well before just admitting the patientr to hospital for operation to make bills.

    Can you please suggest the best heart doctor in Gurgaon or Delhi.
    Thanks
    naveen

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