At my job at the call center, many customers exaggerate things, for example like how long they have been on hold, because they think they will get more action and attention. When I take a call, I can see how long they have been on hold before I take the call. They are not aware of this so they will say something like “I’ve been on hold for twenty minutes” and I can see they’ve only been holding for five minutes.
Therefore, it makes me wonder if doctors think their patients exaggerate things to get more attention, which is truly frustrating because I’m honest with doctors and I’m trying to get across how bad things are for me. How can you explain your situation to a doctor and not come across as a desperate nut job or a drug seeker?
I’ve been working on keeping my migraine diary, thinking that maybe if I show this to my new doctor (when I find one) they might believe me more, but when I read it, I look like a royal mess. No one can possibly be this miserable. It looks like the deep, dark secrets of a drama queen.
I’m really frustrated keeping this diary and I’m not convinced a doctor isn’t going to think I’m exaggerating in here as well. I’ve been writing down my pain levels, symptoms, and some triggers like weather, etc... Maybe I should tone down the language like "my brain feels like it is filled with steel wool on fire!"
What kind of things do you put in your migraine diary?