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A 100-year-old female asked:

if you go to see a physician because your blood pressure medication isn't keep your bp low anymore and all you get is repeatedly asked is if you do cocaine, how should you handle that? a volunteer for blood work was offered but doc ignored request.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Answer nicely: Doctors are humans, and all humans have their own way of conversing and interacting with people. That is why doctors and patients are free to choose one another and free to UNchoose one another. We live in a free society. If this particular doctor-patient pair is a good match, then just answer nicely the repeated questions. No worries, but do get to the bottom of the BP issue.
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ask “why do you ask?: Maybe this Dr has seen a surge in cocaine use among his patients? Some Drs may be more sensitive to drug use based on their training or perhaps Dr sees something on exam that’s suspicious - repeated sniffling, a hole in the nasal septum, dilated pupils, hyperactivity, a white powder in the nose (just kidding about the last one). Sometimes using a nasal spray can change our nasal mucosa too.

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