Even if done by a female doctor to a male patient, it still feels like mansplaining.
See this tumblr (Mansplained) for examples of mansplaining.
Issues it happens over in chronic Lyme and ME/CFS:
- What people should be doing for treatment (or the lack thereof) - e.g., you should just work on your outlook and not take supplements (thanks, person without the disease for knowing better what to do than someone who researches and compares treatment approaches!)
- What causes symptoms - e.g., you don't realize it, but your symptoms are caused purely by anxiety (thanks for presuming knowledge of both how I experience anxiety and how I experience these symptoms, and thanks for forgetting that thousands of other people have these same symptoms!)
- What chronic Lyme disease or ME or CFS are - e.g., even if the person does not have the disease or specialize in treating it, they assume they know more than the person who has it (thanks for knowing more than I do, from a newspaper article or two, about the disease I have and you don't!)
- Differentiating between physical and emotional symptoms - e.g., telling a patient that while certain symptoms are physical, others are emotional, without getting the patient's opinion