Good day all. I need some help with this as I have never, ever done it before, but I am firing my current Primary care doctor. He has been taking care of all of my medication needs, but his attitude towards needing constant, therapeudic levels of pain meds is appauling. I have been treated dispicably by him and his incompetent office staff. I have been confused with other patients, accused of things someone else did (and later was apologized to by his office, but it has been multiple times), and accused of being a PCP fiend! (Did a urine test for him a few months back and it came back positive for PCP. I begged him to let me pee again.... so I did.... and it came back with even higher levels of "PCP"... after all of my crying and his coming in and out of the exam room, it turns out that the high dose of Effexor I am on was making the test come back positive for PCP.... something I wouldn't recognize even if I was sitting in a pile of it!!) He has been the root of the reason why I am seeing my Therapist now 4 times per month instead of every other week. I felt lower than the underside of pond scum and it was because of how he and his office have made me feel. He and his staff has an attitude of "guilty until proven innocent" and I simply cannot handle it anymore. At some point I expected that a level of trust would be established and a level of mutual respect and rapport would be established as well. He treats me like a stranger each and every time I see him.
This is coming on the heels of another positive PCP test I took right before New Year's. He had forgotten ALL about the last time and I had to jump thru all of those hoops again. Feeling like a dirt bag drug addict for something I wasn't even taking. I really don't think I am out of line here wanting to be treated with even alittle bit of respect and understanding. I follow the rules but that isn't good enough..... each and every time there is a mistake it effects me MUCH more than it effects them. Their apologizing now falls on my deaf ears.
I need to go in and see him and tell him that I no longer want him to be my treating Physician. I want it documented in my chart why I am leaving his practice.... not for him so much, but for me. I have an appointment with a new doctor on January 21st and he comes HIGHLY recommended from a couple of people. Both of which have had multiple back surgeries. He is in a small town outside of Wichita, but they both said he is worth the drive. I am hoping so. So far so good there.
What are my rights as a patient here? I don't know? Can I ask him to fill my meds until I am officially not his patient anymore? Should I tell him that I already have an appointment with another doctor at another practice? I don't want to bite my nose of to spite my face and say/do the wrong thing. I am NOT going in there (to my current doc's office) with an attitude or anything like that. I have written a letter to him outlining the what's, why's and where's of it all and I simply want to read it to him. I have a terrible ear ache and I need him to look at that, too.
Alittle help here would be SO great. This is new territory for me and I just need alittle advice..... and some courage too I guess. I need to stand up for myself and I guess I am feeling alittle beaten down by him, and am affraid.