I work in the health care field. I know what people say. Any time I work up the nerve to finally get my ass into the doctor’s office I feel like they have to be talking about how much of a hypochondriac I am. I’ve been getting tests ran for a stupid amount of things since I was 13 and the only thing that has ever been wrong has been that my Vitamin D is low. Currently I keep having chest pain. It started about 5 years ago. I wore a holter monitor and got an echo. The cardiologist told my dad one thing, but apparently documented another. A year later I went back to see him, we did a stress test (which I had an extreme allergic reaction in the middle of) and it was normal. They also gave me a holter to wear for a month, which almost immediately broke and required me to call over a regular telephone each time I had an episode. Obviously that just didn’t work. Now it’s almost every day. It’s annoying and distracting. I really hate to go back to the doctor over it. They won’t do anything. At least not productive or in a timely manner. It’ll just add on to my record and give them more reasons to roll their eyes every time I come in. I know a lady that comes in to my work all the time and there’s never anything wrong. I think she has some mental issues and she just wants social interaction. I really do feel sorry for the lady. But the attitudes of some of my coworkers when she comes in is really disheartening… It’s like she’s become a joke. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely made a comment or two usually along the lines of, “Oh look, there’s so-and-so again. She must have missed us.” The worst part is a lot of the time they make her wait. They definitely do not use the same get-up-and-go attitude with her to get her treated and out the door like they do with most other patients. I really hate to see the day when there is something serious going on with her and people are dragging their feet to help her. It really makes me paranoid when I go to the doctor’s. I would show up once every couple of months and of course nothing was ever wrong. I really hope they don’t see me in a similar light.