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Many years ago I was admitted to St. Michael's Hospital with severe pelvic pain that sent sharp stabs of agony down the inside of my thigh and resulted in difficulty walking. I'd been diagnosed with endometriosis previously and I thought an ovarian cyst had burst. During her exam she asked me if I would become involved in a drug trial for endometriosis but I had already tried two hormone-based drugs and had such severe side-effects that I had no wish to try another one so I said no. She was dismissive of the side-effects - my experiences of which have since proved to be valid - and it was my impression that this was the point where she lost interest in me. She ordered an ultrasound which didn't show a cyst on my ovary - it turned out during a later procedure that the cyst was so dense that it didn't show up on an ultra-sound. I was admitted but my time in hospital was miserable. A psychiatrist was called in because, apparently, she thought I had borderline personality disorder - I was very angry at the way I was being treated by both her and the other staff who were patronizing and dismissive. I was also in incredible pain. The psychiatrist did not confirm the diagnosis and said that I had a high level of self awareness. She prescribed a placebo which I suspected at the time and told others that I suspected. I left with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome which I had already due to adhesions resulting from the endometriosis and which cleared up after the adhesions were lasered some time later. The diagnosis did not explain my suffering. It turns out the cyst hadn't ruptured but several incredibly painful years later endometrial growths were found on the right side of the ingual (sp?) canal - the area that goes down both sides of the groin. With all the nerves in that area it's not surprising that the pain was excruciating and that I had difficulty walking. After my hospital stay, she wrote letters to two of my doctors implying that the pain was all in my head. One of the doctors sided with me 100% and was pretty angry at her. The other was influenced until I told him that I thought I had been given a placebo at which point he supported me too. I spent the next couple of years on high level pain medication using a cane to get around. The lesions on my groin were found when I had surgery for double hernias by a general surgeon very knowledgeable about endometriosis. He had listened to me and, given the pain I was experiencing, biopsied the tissue. Dr. Derzko's treatment left me scarred emotionally and unsure of myself and my own sense of what was going on in my body despite the support I received from other physicians - including an incredibly wonderful specialist who treated me later. When I was clearer on what had happened to me I complained about her to the hospital who were dismissive i.e if Dr. Derzko said I got excellent care then there could be no doubt that I did. I didn't complain that I was misdiagnosed - it was, after all, rather difficult to diagnose - but I complained about how she treated me. A few years later I attended an endometriosis association meeting where Dr. Derzko made a statement that contradicted what she had told me before - and told me then in a way that left no room for any chance she might be wrong or just didn't know enough. Dr. Derzko, without any psychiatric credentials, felt just fine in diagnosing me with borderline personality disorder - the kiss of death if one is seeking help for physical ailments. My experiences with her - and complaints I've heard from a couple of other patients lead me to believe that if you never question her and follow all her instructions - probably including being a willing participant in drug trials - she apparently will provide you with excellent care. If you prove to be a diagnostic challenge and/or question or disagree with her she'll squash you with little regard to your situation. I've had an opportunity to follow her career since and she doesn't appear to have changed. She apparently needs to be right and to be admired. In my opinion, it's all about her.

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excellent experience in every way. Kind, thorough, interested, caring and took her time with me.

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