I've been reading other people's medical blogs for a while now, and have seen a trend that REALLY irritates me. Not with the bloggers themselves, but with their commenters. In a typical scenario, a poor overworked blogger will use his/her OWN BLOG to vent about a problem at work that has irritated them past all patience, related to people faking symptoms, people who are VERY difficult to treat due to psychosocial reasons, and drug seekers. Then, like lightning, a bunch of people with chronic pain, with those same psychosocial concerns, or who take narcotics will descend on this blogger, taking PERSONAL OFFENSE at the blogger, and, on at least one occasion telling them that they should KILL THEMSELVES because they are a bad person.
Just how self-absorbed do you have to BE to see YOUR situation in ALL blogs about drug seeking behavior? These medical people KNOW that there are good reasons to take narcotics! They KNOW that migranes are an actual phenomenon! And yet these rabid commenters treat medical bloggers as if they are saints! To be a "good doctor" or "good nurse" according to these people means having no actual clinical judgment.
If this means I am going to get flamed next month when I start getting my own patients, so be it, but honestly, some people need to take their heads out of their navels, and stop seeing their own pain in EVERY blog.