Time for a new GP?
I've had the same GP for about 15 years, Kaiser, so it's not like he really knows me. As typical with Kaiser he's not great about being proactive (I'm over 50) with things like recommending annual bloodwork, (or any kind of screening really) etc. but I felt comfortable enough with him and generally when I'd ask to explore something he'd agree.
In March my brother was diagnosed with a serious condition that I could have also inherited, and his doctor said all siblings should be tested. My GP acted kind of like he wasn't sure what i meant (it was a pretty clear exchange) and then said I should wait to be evaluated (ultrasound) until things 'calmed down,' so I waited until this month to be checked. Thank God I did not inherit the condition, but my liver was found to be larger than normal. I'll say at the outset I'm NOT a drinker at all and have a pretty healthy lifestyle.
He never bothered to email me after the test, and only sent the form letter with the test results, no commentary. When I emailed to ask him if the hepatomegaly is something I should be concerned about (heck I'm not a doctor but WebMD says it is a possible symptom of things like hepatitis, liver disease, heart failure, even cancer), like maybe I should be tested for hepatitis (because I have been super fatigued) he basically said I'd been tested for hepatitis 7 years ago (don't even remember that) and would I like a new test? That was it.
Is it time for a new GP? Look I get that doctors are worn out, I mean, he's not doing rounds or anything but he's probably pretty busy and has a life of his own, but am I right to expect just a bit more ....care....from him?
I kind of feel like this was the breaking point in the relationship. Maybe it's not a big deal to have an enlarged liver, but would it kill him to have a conversation with me about it? Be curious about it? My husband seems to have an excellent, proactive GP who is in family practice and I'm thinking of making the switch....am I being unrealistic?