Ratings for Dr. Cathy Smyth
Horrific experience, treats you as bacteria in a petri dish or a humanoid at best. Complete lack of any willingness to hear or understand a patient, never once asked "how are you? or how is your pain? (not bad for a pain clinic doctor!), don't even say good bye than leave. Scold you if you are late, or tells you that she'll prescribe less medication for pain if you couldn't stick with her schedule - so she treats your chronic pain condition as some kind of "train on schedule" which suddenly can't get worse, pure manipulation with the patient's mental stage (as if we WANT to be with pain, or take these terrible drugs?). Excellent hospital, seen many doctors over many years, but I never, ever seen anyone quite THAT unfitting for the role! Switching to another doctor.
Bad experience with this Dr from the start, made somewhat of a plan for my husband and after only seeing her twice she passed him on to a new Dr who doesn't have the knowledge to help him and that was the last of her, she literally disappeared. The whole experience with the Ottawa Pain clinic has been terrible, and it was a 2 year wait for them to do nothing. I feel Symth lacks knowledge and doesn't want any case thats complicated, and the pain clinic in general sucks, go elsewhere if you can.
Dr. Cathy Smyth is an anesthesiologist in the Pain Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. She is extremely knowledgeable and very caring (which should be rated - it is perhaps the most important feature) and helpful. I suffer with CRPS, a very difficult condition to treat because beyond a very early point in time, very little can be done except try and manage the pain. She is willing to do as much as she can - she does not believe in the use of opiates and opioids that are extremely addictive, but otherwise is willing to explore any avenue to improve my quality of life. The only problem is that there has been a recent change in support staff and my initial reaction is negative, but I am willing to have an open mind until they can gain some additional experience. There has recently been a slight issue with punctuality which I attribute to her new staff, but normally she is very punctual and if you arrive early, there is a reasonable chance she will also be early, a positive.
Dr Smyth has been my safe your, I have RSD/CRPS she was the only doctor who truly understood this illness and tried all treatment options. I now have a spinal cord stimulator implant to help me deal with the unbearable pain from RSD. Unfortunately it is now spreading from my right arm/shoulder to my right leg she is still trying to help by monthly infusions and medications. They have a long waiting list but worth it, thank you Cathy and nurses at Ottawa Pain Clinic
There is not a better doctor anywhere. Her compassion is extraordinary. When you are in tears she really comforts you. Many MD's just hand you the box of Kleenex. Her knowledge of pain is unsurpassed and her willingness to hear you out on other medications is rare amongst MD's. I dont know what I would do without her. A visit to her clinic could easily see you spending 1.5 hours and this is time in the clinic not in the waiting room. I never feel rushed!
Dr.Smyth and her team are wonderful pain management team they address any issues and give there expert opinion on them I have been receiving treatment for over a year now and the treatment only gets better, they make you feel like they really care and are very helpful in any matter medical or not they assist in any way they can, Very knowledgeable and compassionate.I would recommend this doctor and her team to any patient in pain there wait list is lengthy but well worth the wait
Dr. Smyth is a wonderful pain physician. She goes out of her way to help patients, answer questions, and squeeze them in for an appointment in times of crisis. Her team of nurses are also very helpful and always lend a compassionate ear when needed.
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