ServicesChamindra Konersman provides neurology services in San Diego, CA. A Neurologist is a physician who diagnoses, treats, and manages disorders, disease, and injuries to the nervous system. This includes such areas as the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
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My experience with Dr. Konersman was the most invalidating and ludicrous visit that I have ever had with a provider. Although the resident physician spent 30 min with me obtaining my medical history and conducting the neuro exam, Dr. Konersman spent a mere 5 minutes with me before referring me to psychiatry for potential Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD). I was searching for a second opinion after another neurologist suspected I have fibromyalgia, but she was quite sure that the etiology of my symptoms are not neurological in nature and in fact were psychosomatic. She was unwilling to entertain the idea that my symptoms could be caused by environmental factors, seronegative rheumatological factors, or infectious disease. The resident and doctor asked me merely 4-5 questions about my psychosocial functioning and my current life situation, none of which indicate SSD. My visit left me questioning myself and my 3 month experience with disabling pain, causing me greater distress than I already had. However, a quick Google search of the signs and symptoms of SSD reassured me that the etiology of my pain is not psychosomatic due to the fact my symptoms are not accompanied by "excessive and disproportionate thoughts, feelings and behaviors regarding those symptoms." Rather, I am just a 25 year old woman whose successful life has been derailed by a debilitating and yet to-be-diagnosed illness. Her demeanor from the start was cold, accusatory, and glaringly lacked empathy. Regardless of the origin of my pain, I am deserving of caring and respect. I felt bullied into the psychiatry referral which she never tempered with any bedside manner or tact. She just seemed angry and dismissive that I would be there wasting her time. I have seen other providers in my search for a diagnosis and treatment and none of them have suggested a psychiatric evaluation nor have treated me with such disdain. If Dr. Konersman had been the one to take my medical background and spend 30 minutes with me, rather than the resident, perhaps the outcome would have been different. I understand that the resident is in training and needs the experiences of doing exams, but there is no way that Dr. Konersman could have a sense of me, especially in relation to SSD, in just the very few minutes we were together. I truly wonder and worry how many patients she has jettisoned to psychiatry because their neuro exams are negative, leaving these patients without answers, without support, and with pain.
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