Hello Fellow Spineys...
I am so angry right now I need to vent a little bit so I came here, I hope you all don't mind. I am pretty sure what I am going to do but I want to run this by people who could be in my shoes.
Three weeks ago I had the flu, I was so sick I missed my PM appt, and forgot to call them to cancel it. I was ~very~ sick, in 2.5yrs I have ~never~ missed or broken or rescheduled an appointment, or even been late. But when I say I was sick, I mean I had a 102 fever for 7 days straight. I did not move from my bed except to go to the bathroom and I simply forgot the appointment existed.
When they called me the following week I explained to the girl how sick I was, I still was sick, I told her I needed to make it for a week later because I didnt want to make anyone sick.
This Tuesday I go to my appointment and my doctor is wicked nasty that I did not call to cancel. I told him I was sick, he just ignored me and went on to say it was time to cut back on all of my meds. When I asked him why he said he did not have an update from my surgeon. I said I would have one sent to him. Then he said well, your surgeon would not want you on this level of medicine for this long anyway. I just didn't say anything, I know it has nothing to do with my surgeon, he did not refer me to this PM. I have been in PM for 8yrs, I have been on the same dose of meds for probably 5yrs.
My husband went to pick up my Lyrica yesterday, other things should have been there but they did not give them to him. I called the office and the nurse said to me he ordered Voltaren and Protonix also. He never discussed those meds with me, at all. I am on Coumadin, I can not take Voltarin, and I told him that months ago. The nurse said it was not in my file so apparently he did not write it down. Fortunately I know enough to not take Voltaren. What if I didn't?? Hopefully the pharmacy would say something!! The nurse asked me if he discussed it with me, I told her he did not mention it, not a word. She sounded shocked, said he should have. Well, he didn't. And Protonix, I already take that. I was so angry when I hung up. I am so upset that this man, this 'doctor' behaved this way, I do not understand it. I want to find another PM doctor asap. When I left he told me to make an appointment for 8 weeks but he was putting me on the "on call list" so we can start decreasing the Fentanyl patch and MSIR. I find it odd to decrease the baseline ~and~ the breakthru med all at once? I think he is behaving very badly, and I want a new doctor.
Anyone have any advice how to handle this situation before this doctor does anything else? Is a broken appointment cause for all of this??
Sorry for the novella, I am just at a loss....
Fused L2-3 to S1 and at C5-6. I have a central herniation @ T11-12 and multiple bulging discs in my thoracic. I also have fibromyalgia and suspected arachnoiditis, awaiting my results of a recent MRI.