Like I said in a previous post, I saw two separate dermatologists in canada through the public system so there is no way they are paid off. Yet one was nice and open to listening to my concerns yet seemed to genuinely have no idea what pfs was, even though he said he ‘has a very in depth knowledge and understanding of all the drugs he perscribes’. The other doctor I saw at a separate clinic however, got very defensive when I asked about side effects (which he did not mention at all unless I asked him) saying less then 0.5 percent of people with a history of mental and physical health problems got side effects but that he has never seen side effects once through 20 years of prescribing the drug. He said probably a hundred million men around the world take the drug with no issue and that I shouldn’t listen to crazy people online. He said someone who gets side effects tell 100 people and someone who doesn’t tells no one they are even taking it. He said if he told me the side effects of Tylenol then id never take Tylenol again and he said I take much greater risk getting in a car each day. He said life is about taking risks and success favours those who go all out and take chances and that I should value my quality of life and success over a non existent risk from a pill millions and millions take. When I tried to ask about post finasteride syndrome which is something I had read about he almost got angry with me and said ‘you know what, dont take it, if you have this mindset you will get every side effect you’ve read but it wont be because of a little pill’.
This all seemed very strange to me, I brought up the topic very casually, just wanting to cover all the bases. But he had me thoroughly convinced and so I took it and now im here. I feel cheated by that doctor almost and I feel ashamed because anyone I talk to is gonna tell me its in my head just because it was something I knew about before and I only took the pill a short while. But I dont think its in my head cause the first days of taking it my sex drive was actually dramatically higher then it usually was and it wasn’t something I was consciously focusing on.
So what is up with doctors having no idea about this condition? Is it just so rare they never encounter cases? Am I right in thinking that second doctors was not being very professional?