As a patient with chronic pain, I’m much happier hearing “I don’t know, but we’ll keep trying to figure it out” or some variation of that than a passive-aggressive version of suck it up, or you are faking it. I can appreciate any doctor who is willing to say they don’t know, a lot of us understand you can’t possibly know everything. Also thanks for not being one of those doctors who takes the easy way out of just giving up or assuming nothing can be done.
Would like to add, as a doctor in training, it’s maybe equally scary how little we know. We’ll often see patients and just don’t know what’s wrong. Not defending doctors that don’t listen to their patients and fully explore pain because I know physicians like that exist and are unfortunately very common
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