Potential trigger, potentially violated by a doctor.

  1. Thanks. I didn’t think it necessary or appropriate. Trying to give myself some compassion as I have been in a situation where I feel my body being violated too many times before. And my response is always to freeze.

  2. When I went into the drug trial I had to do the paper dress several times. They checked for rashes, bruises, sores, checked my scalp, and thyroid. They were respectful though. Nothing groin or boob related happened.

  3. Makes sense. In my situation it just didn’t make sense. Looking back I know that what happened was not in line with respectful practices. Just a lot to process now.

  4. I am not minimizing your experience whatsoever, because your feelings are your feelings and if you were uncomfortable or felt violated, those feelings are valid. But yes, I have been asked to put a gown on from time to time, but I have a lot of issues with my hips so I’ve never felt it’s an issue. I tend to wear jeans a lot so I understand why. But it hasn’t been every single appointment.

  5. I appreciate your perspective. Your situation definitely would warrant needing to check that area/wearing a gown. I’ve been so uncomfortable about it that I pushed the memory away as soon as I left the appointment. I have not ever had hip problems. During the appointment I had already stated that I don’t currently have any skin rashes, and my most painful joints are my hands. It all adds up to suspicious. Especially as he had me lie down as well. Overall he was a very awful doctor. I’m feeling better hearing others experiences. And thank you. The doctor I saw today was incredibly thorough. And actually checked me where I’m having symptoms.

  6. Never had to strip down. Dr has always felt my joints through my clothing, and hips were confirmed fine via X-rays.

  7. I’m now realizing that the doctor decided to check my joints/see my skin, but didn’t care to take any labs.

  8. I’ve had to take off clothes so doctors could see rashes and my skin, but it made sense. I could also understand being asked to put on a gown to inspect knee or hip joints that may be covered by tight pants but I’ve never actually been fully naked under a gown for something like this! I’ve always been able to keep on my underwear

  9. I do have knee pain, no hip pain. He didn’t even check my knees. He also didn’t check for rashes in any of the places I had said I get them. Thanks for your response. I’m trying to get others experiences before I jump to conclusions. However, I feel like I already know the answer.

  10. When my neurologist was trying to diagnose me, he had me dress down and wear a gown. He checked portions of my body separately. I had some acute neurological issues and he was being thorough.

  11. Tell them if you’re uncomfortable and would prefer to skip changing into a gown. But they can check more skin area for rashes in a gown than in clothes. So if it was both joints and skin, a gown makes sense. Joints can typically be felt over clothes, potentially partially changing or removing layers if needed. Plus it can be helpful to bring in photos of anything visible.

  12. The doctor was made aware that I had no rashes at the moment. None of my joints were inaccessible via my clothing either.

  13. Yeah, my first one had me in a gown each appointment (underwear on thou) to check my skin and joints and would hold my feet whilst discussing symptoms (main symptom was feet joints). Never felt comfortable and no other rheumatologist has done it, just discussions of symptoms.

  14. I strip to underwear and put a gown on at my rheumatologist since I’ve moved up to a higher care clinic (Cleveland Clinic) … before, at my more local/smaller hospital systems I did not. I always viewed it as them being MORE attentive in checking for rashes, swelling, water retention, bruising, etc. It’s a little awkward, but I never felt violated (I also have always had the privilege of having my husband in the exam room with me). You definitely have the ability to refuse or decline any part of doctor’s appointment that makes you uncomfortable. I’m sorry you felt violated/triggered - that’s not a fun way to start off getting care somewhere new, even if it is standard practice for them.

  15. Thanks for sharing. It definitely is a situation where it was inappropriate. I’ve spent time trying to rationalize it. But I know what it was, and hearing other experiences helps me to clear my head. I’ve since found a doctor that has been more than helpful.

  16. Was another person in the room with you? I believe they are required to have another person in the room if they do it correctly

  17. There was. I don’t fully remember but I’m pretty sure there was. Compared to other times I’ve had my joints and skin looked at, I felt secure. While this situation I was afraid, I guess im suddenly processing something I’ve pushed away. As my recent appointment confirmed that it was inappropriate.

  18. I’ve had a ton of exams from different kinds of doctors (infectious disease, PCP, naturopath, rheumatologist, dermatologist, sports medicine and interventional pain management). The only one I’ve ever had to wear the gown for was the pain doctor. He wanted to feel if my joints were warm and if so, how hot they were. He also had to perform a nerve test. For that I got dressed again but in long basketball type shirts and a t-shirt. I was asked to wear something loose. Bra, panties and a cotton tank stated on under the gown.

  19. I’ve done this when I’m in a bad flare up once or twice. He’s checked for bruising /rashes because I had been unable to do so myself. I’ve had a chaperone or my husband (later down the road) there and even then I kept my undergarments on. This was VERY early on when I was being diagnosed. Since we know what I have now, I haven’t done a gown in a few years. I always wear shorts / short sleeves so most of my joints /skin is super visible at first glance just to avoid having to wear those things lol

  20. In so sorry 😞 Even my GP gives me a cover, and looks away when I need a breast exam. I would make a complaint

  21. Never had to strip down! The most they’ve made me do is change my jeans to paper pants because the jeans were too tight and it was in pediatric rheumatologist. I’m sorry this happened to you! If you felt uncomfortable or violated definitely report it so it doesn’t happen to anyone else. Your feelings are important.

  22. Nope, never been asked to change into a gown. My dr has me roll up my sleeves/pants to look at the elbows and knees, and shoes/socks to look at the feet but thats it.

  23. Take his name and your story and post it on Yelp and any doctor review pages! I told my PCP who I’ve known for 20years how I was treated at a specialists office and he filed a complaint against him

  24. Your question and also the replies have me questioning myself now, I always have to strip down at the Rheumatologists. They then check each joint. I presumed it was normal.

  25. It depends on the clothing I wore to the appointment. If it was too tight/thick and interfering with the exam then the doc had me put on a gown to cover up while examing those areas. Always very respectful of my privacy though.

  26. I’ve never had to undress. Occasionally he has asked if I felt comfortable enough to raise my shirt so he can see my trunk, but always with respect. I always wear loose clothing to ensure it’s easier on both of us. You have the option of filing a complaint with your insurance provider. I’ve done this once I fired a doctor. They investigate and everything is private. You may never know the outcome, but this makes everyone aware. If nothing else the doctor may be more sensitive with how they handle their practice.

  27. Regardless if the practice is common or not you should always feel safe and listened to by your doctor. If they aren’t providing that for you (on top of you feeling violated in this way), you definitely should find someone else. I know that’s easier said than done (trust me I live in a smaller town), but you deserve the best care. Hope your situation improves 💜

  28. I have had Lupus since I was 16. I saw pediatric rheumatologists at a university hospital and was always asked to change into a gown (in privacy). As an adult, I have seen 3 different adult rheumatologists, and one so far has had me change into a gown (in privacy).

  29. I’ve only had to put a gown on if i wear something like jeans that are hard to roll up but i got to keep under garments on, some doctors prefer gowns when that’s the case. But every time the gown was lifted to do things like check my stomach i was covered with a towel so i was comfortable, i also got to be alone while changing for privacy.

  30. Rheumatologist just applied light pressure to my joints to determine pain/swelling when I was fully clothed. I think she took my shoes off to check my feet but that's all.

  31. I have never ever been made to take off my clothes in a rheum appointment. I am so sorry that happened to you. I hope you can get into a female rheum soon. ❤️

  32. I’ve had both experiences - undressing and not undressing. but I also have a lot of skin issues that they want to document.

  33. I pretty much live in sports bras, tshirts and yoga pants. My doctor will pull up my pant legs to check my knees on occasion but that’s it. The original assessment and the arthritis in my hips was all diagnosed clothed but she asked me to stretch in pretty intense ways to assess it. There’s always a gown in the office but I’ve never been asked to disrobe. Maybe it depends on what you’re wearing to some degree. Like I could see how tight jeans would get in the way.

  34. Nurse here—I’m just curious, was there a chaperone in the room— or were you offered one? A doctor should always offer a chaperone if you are being asked to undress.

  35. Had lupus for 15 years and I’ve had to wear a gown a few times over the years. But never had to take off my underwear or bra. I’m sorry that happened to you I don’t think that’s standard at all especially if they didn’t check your joints...

  36. I was asked to put on a gown at my first appointment with my rheumatologist. She had never seen me before and needed to assess my joints and my skin. I felt totally comfortable the whole time.

  37. I’m sorry you had to experience being so uncomfortable in an already vulnerable situation. Obviously go with your gut feeling about those doctors. I’ve personally only had one rheumatologist and at every appointment I’m asked to remove my bottoms unless I’m wearing shorts or I’m able to roll them past my knees. She then checks the strength and mobility of my joints. My rheumatologist is an older tradition woman so I’m thinking this might be an older Method.

  38. Like others have said, You were the only one in the room and various things could lead to discomfort, so nothing I say is meant to discredit any feelings you may have. However, my first rheumatologist appointment I did have to get into a gown, they were very thorough in checking me for rashes, skin issues, swelling etc. I personally felt it was necessary to get the whole picture of what I was experiencing. Having said that, you can always advocate for yourself avd let them know you will not be undressing. I’ve done this at regular primary visits

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