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Dr Karlin's tone when speaking to me was very condescending. She got frustrated when I had inconsistencies in the timeline of my symptoms of 7 months as opposed to realizing I'm having difficulty with my memory. She cut me off several times prevent me from CLEARLY explaining ALL of my symptoms. She was quick to diagnose a migraine which I disagree with based on my symptoms. Dr Karlin become verbally frustrated trying to prescribe multiple medications that contained substances that would interact with medications I'm allergic to. She repeatedly told me to see an my allergist regarding the drugs I'm allergic to without a clear explanation as to why. If I'm allergic to certain medications there's nothing an allergist or I can do about it. As a result she prescribed several medications that I don't believe would be the best to treat my symptoms 1) because I seriously doubt I have migraines 2) because she randomly picks medications based on what would have the least adverse/ allergic reactions. Dr Karlin showed no compassion or patience. I won't schedule a follow up appointment with her.
Dr. Karlin is extremely bright, very thorough and thoughtfully comprehensive in her assessment and recommendations.
Dr. Karlin was abrupt and seemed only to want to end the visit as quickly as possible. FYI, my complaint was more frequent and severe headaches. She immediately said they were migraines. She asked if I was depressed. I said yes, like most people these days. So she prescribed an antidepressant. I have never taken one and this is not what I'm looking for. Moreover, for sleep, she suggested I take a Benadryl at night. When I told my therapist, she was upset. She said Benadryl leaves you drowsy when you wake up. About the only good thing was that Dr. Karlin prescribed a drug that staves off a migraine when it starts. It's new and I looked it up. It seems to have few side effects so I filled that prescription. The other, I did not. The other positive is that she had enough respect for my intelligence that she assumed I knew the lifestyle behaviors that could prevent migraines like proper diet and exercise. But she brushed off questions about causes of the headaches; why my neck also hurts when I have a headache; recommendations on a pillow, etc. The overall sense was that she didn't really care about me.
Great experience with Dr. Karlyn. She always takes the time to listen and discuss my medical concerns with me in ways that make me feel as though my opinions and concerns matter. I appreciate that she is never condescending and is always compassionate. I would highly recommend her services.
Barely any eye contact. Cold, callous, & dismissive.
Dr Karlin is excellent and I have total faith in her
Although I mentioned that I am in eating disorder recovery, I found that the doctor was somewhat insensitive when it came to discussing my weight. I told her I don't know my weight due to blind weighings recommended by my therapist, yet she asked me how much weight I've gained since my injury. When discussing treatment options, she mentioned stretching, physical therapy, and alleviating any pressure or constraint against the pinched nerve. These options she mentioned once, maybe twice. She recommended weight loss approximately a dozen times. When speaking to someone in eating disorder recovery, particularly when they've gained weight as a result, recommending weight loss (especially a dozen times) can be extremely damaging to their mental health. There are other treatment approaches available, and I feel she should have focused more on those given my mental health predicament (which she knew of).
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