I really am starting to hate doctors. A couple months ago, my PCP referred me to a Neurosurgeon. Great I thought! Now something will get done. Well, the neurosurgeon didn't want to see me and referred me to a Physiatrist in his practice. Ok, I was still good with that.
The physiatrist found that I have chronic inactive spondylolysis with NO instability. He told me that it would be a long step by step process to get rid of the constant pain. He sent me to PT (which I like and fully support) and put me on a prescription NSAID and Tramadol. This was progress! He said he would work with me and the next step would be injections. Fine. Anything to avoid surgery!
In the meantime, I am still having problems. If I take the tramadol after 3:00PM, I can't sleep that night. So basically, I have no pain control at night. I asked him about it on my 2nd (and apparently last) appointment and he told me to take Benadryl to make myself sleepy. I was skeptical, but it was worth a try. It didn't work. I am also missing hours at work pretty often, either for pain or appointments (Drs and PT). Normally I miss from 0-12 hours a week. My boss is fine with this, but even so, in a large corporate environment, missing this time still puts my job at risk. Corporate HR really doesn't care if my immediate boss is understanding.
Ok, back to the doc. After my 2nd meeting, he tells me to call him in 2 weeks with an update. I do and bring up my concerns about having no pain relief at night and also ask him to sign a form for intermittant UNPAID FMLA, just to get me job protection for the hours I miss. His response (cowardly delivered though a nurse, of course) was that he can't help me anymore and is referring me back to the surgeon! WTF??? What about those injections? What about working with me step by step like he said?
Is it just me, or is this just shameful behavior on his part?