The doctor-patient relationship takes affinity

written by Dr. Shouchun Ma
Translated by Zheng Li

Oct 16, 2019

One Chinese proverb said: “The doctor-patient relationship takes on a certain lover-like quality”.  Now I’ll revise it as: “The doctor-patient relationship takes affinity”.

A lady, in her thirties, presented with symptoms of fatigue, daily headaches triggered by fatigue.  She has to lie down to alleviate headaches.  She has light and irregular menstruation. She practiced Qigong and Tai Chi for many years, yet has not finished the full (simplified) Tai Chi sequence.
Western medicine offered no clear diagnosis.

Today after treatment, she told me: thank you for your treatment for such a long time.  I felt a lot more energy and headaches are gone.
I felt embarrassed that this “little problem” has taken such several years to treat.
If she gave up two years ago, then we would not have arrived here today.
If she gave up one year ago, then we would not have arrived here today.
What would have happened without successful treatment?  Premature aging definitely.

I thank her for her trust and patience.  She paid herself for weekly treatments.  She never asked me:  why are the symptoms not gone already? when could the treatment start to work?

As a doctor, I often asked these questions myself.  Why did effective treatment on others not seem to work on her?  As a result, I tweaked treatment regimen many times during the course of several years.
I also thought, should I refer to another doctor who could help her better?   But then, I decided against it too.

This case worked due to trust and persistence, hence “the doctor-patient relationship takes affinity”.
There are also many other similar cases.

2019.10.16
药医有缘人

(马寿椿)

 

以前民间的说法是“药医有情人”,我改成了有缘人。

一个女孩,三十来岁,极度疲倦,头痛毎天发作,一累就头痛,就得躺下。月经量少,周期紊乱。练气功太极拳多年了,但是不能坚持打完一套简化太极拳。

西医无明诊断。
今天治疗后,她对我说,感谢您么长时间的照顾和治疗!我的精神好了很多,头痛也很少发生!

很惭愧,一个“小毛病”竞然治疗了几年。

如果她两年前放弃了,就没有今天,如果一年前放辛了,也没有今天!
会怎么样?早衰是肯定的。

我感谢她的信任和坚持,自费,每周看我一次。从来没有问过我,为什么还设有好?还有多久才能治好?
作为医生,我倒会常想为什么还设有治好?为什么对别人有效的方法和药物对她无效?于此多次改变治疗思路。

我也常想,应不应该转诊给其他医生?但否定了。

这个病案之所以成功,是因为信任和尽职,这就是“药医有缘人”。

类似病案还有不少。

 

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