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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Chronic Pain
Gosh, my Xrays did not turn out for some reason, my doc left me a message that I needed to "drop in" one day and get them re-taken. Like I have all the time in the world to do that! UGH...
I left her a message back and told her I am not going to make it till next Wed., with my pain meds, and part of that was also that I had to go back to the dentist several times after this denture thing and last time I have gum that has rubbed off and they are hitting bone. It hurts! My dentist had me in twice early in the morn to fix that and I think I need to go back again. I explained to her that I have had people here from DC for the last 2 weeks and I cannot take time off to just run in for an hour whenever. So she left me a message back that sorry, I need to stretch the meds till Wed. anyway.
Today, I have had the hardest time, several times I have had to stop and wait because it just feels like my hip is coming right out of the socket! It is horrible. I feel like a freakin idiot because we have all these people here, I'm gimping around and then that happens. I left her another message and asked if she would consider seeing me Monday (these bozo's will be gone Friday) and refill my meds and do the damn Xrays again so we can figure out what is going on. I'm sure it will be an issue tho, so I'm all stressed out about pi$$ing her off. Sometimes they just do not understand all the pain, stress, new pain, and issues people deal with everyday of their lives. It makes me mad!
Of course my husband is telling me I need to put off any type of major surgery such as a hip replacement because we cannot afford it right now - no kidding? Well, I can't keep going like this so what does he think I'm going to do. I am going to take care of me and if he doesn't approve then I guess that's just tough... I seriously doubt he would put up with any of this for any length of time without blowing a gasket. Thanks for listening - again!!!


  • Mouse take a deep breath. And another. Doctors do seem to live in some kind of rarified world where nothing exists but them. They order us around and act like money, insurance and time is unlimited.

    I'm confused about your meds. Will you be out before Wednesday? I got lost somewhere between Mon and Wed. Nothing new for me.

    And don't let the visitors stress you. If they don't know that you have issues then tell them. If they do then they should be helping you and not expecting you to be tour guide!

    I can't believe they screwed up your xrays. Around here many offices have the digital ones now so that they see how it came out right away. I guess I'm spoiled :) Waiting for answers is the worst. I'm waiting to hear from the neurosurgeon on my mris and I don't know what answer I want to hear...

    So take another deep breath and ask the visitors what they made for dinner or where they are taking you. And kick your husband and tell him it's from me :)
  • Was it just a regular xray?? Just curious as to what they think it will actually show. I guess in my experience regular xrays haven't been worth it.

    Like Kris said are you already out of meds? I went through a recent panic of running out of stuff and that is a horrible feeling almost caused a severe panic within me.

    Be sure that your "company" isn't causing you too much stress. If they aren't helping or causing more problems maybe they should go home early. I only say this because you called them bozo's maybe that is an endearing term for you. :smile:" alt=":smile:" height="20" />

    Sorry your husband is wanting to wait to do your surgery that must be tough. What kind of time frame is he wanting to wait for?? Could you come to a compromise? I understand not wanting to wait and he has to be responible at least I hope he would be you can't live in so much pain.

    I hope things work out...
  • First off...Big *HUGZ* for you! I have dealt with the DC Bozo's myself - fun *NOT*. Just before I retired we went through a DC visit. Sorry you have to put up with them, and fully understand why you are pretty locked in, and can't take sick leave even if for an hour or so.

    As Kris said, relax, breathe, breathe, relax. Ahhh much better? The good thing, is you know when they are leaving, and from all our PM's, emails etc., I know you can handle them just fine.

    As to your doctor. I am sure she will get over it, and not be mad at you or "pi$$ed" either. :) If all else fails and you run out of meds, the ER is there for a refill if even for a day or two - pain in the butt sure, but an option.

    Aaah, the hubby is back to his normal I see? As Rwill said, maybe a compromise is in there somewhere. I think you and I have similar insurance, does your hubby have insurance? Some companies will pick up what the primary doesn't? My hubbies was like that till they (the union) switched his carrier. Now it won't cover me, and mine won't cover his - grrrr... I hope you can get this all resolved so you get your life back! If your health is at risk, there is no compromise in my book, but you know me on that area - you need to look out for #1. Please keep us posted on how it goes. Good luck with the DC mutts! I feel for ya woman!!! *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I thought you meant relatives - lmao!!!
  • Sorry the stress level is up at the moment. I know it seems to be inconvenient to have to re take the x-rays, but obviously they are important or the doc wouldn't really bother to have them redone. So she is looking out for your best interests. Having worked in the medical world both human and critter, when a doc says "drop in", they actually feel (and in many regards it's true) that they are doing you a favor by not requiring a scheduled appointment. Is it possible that she was just trying to make it as easy as she could for you so that you could stop in at your own convenience?

    Hope your situation improves soon.

  • She says X-rays of the socket will show what is going on in there and then go from there. She said it could be severe arthritis that may or may not need a hip replacement, or that the hip is coming out of the socket which is what it sounds like and that will require one. My husband is stressed about it because for one, I cannot afford to take months off of work. His construction business is not good and we have already had to sell some toys and he is worried about money. My insurance will only pay 80 percent and I would imagine a hip replacement and all the follow-up is pretty expensive. This economy has really put us in a bind and while I understand his worry, I cannot go on like this and keep working like this. It is just too much and it hurts too bad. I am going to be out of pain meds by Monday because instead of taking 4 a day, I have taken one every 4 hours a few days cuz I couldn’t stand it between the regular nerve pain, the hip pain, and my teeth I could scream. Then I have these bozo’s here and they are pretty self-important and have a lot of expectations – like jump when they look at you. I am not intimidated by them, I do my job and I do it well, but it is still stressful to a point. No, I can’t take an hour of leave because I need to go get x-rays that’s for sure! I have used up my sick leave, and am well into my annual anyway so taking much time off is not a good idea… I can take FMLA LWOP if I want too, but again, that screws with the ole paycheck pretty seriously. LOL! It’s just a pain in the butt – literally…
  • I had called last week and left a message I was taking a few extra pain meds because I had my gum tissue rubbed off and denture was hitting bone - so had to go to the dentist on different days to have work done (You are supposed to call them if something like this happens and keep them informed) I gave her my dentist's name and number so she could verify if she wanted. I called this week and told her I wasn't gonna last on meds till next Wed., and got a message back that "I needed to make them last" blah, blah, blah, so I left another one and said, they ain't gonna last, blah, blah, blah, and I would like to come in Monday, (two lousy days early) and get them filled AND repeat the X-rays that they screwed up (although i didn't say it that way), so then I get a call at 4 last night right when I'm getting off work and have an appt with a lawyer at 4:30, that now she wants a pill check and that will determine "IF" she will see me Monday or not. JC like I have all this extra time, and feel like all this running around, so I had to go home, get my pills, go to the lawyer's, and run to the doctors for a pill check before they closed at 5! The nurse counts them, I have enough to last thru Monday, but that's it so she said she would tell the doc and didn't think she'd have a problem seeing me monday and fill and do the x-rays, and said she would call me. Of course I heard nothing from them and they are closed today. Jerks!
  • Well, Thank Goodness my doc finally called and saw me yesterday afternoon. I was just about out of pain meds and starting to stress out bigtime; wondering how I would make it to work until Wednesday morning when I was supposed to see her!
    She did the X-rays again and said she is sending them out for further review by a specialist but that she can see the hip socket/joint is encased in arthritis pretty severely. Maybe it doesn’t mean hip replacement then? Maybe it just means I’m gonna have another hurt to deal with long term.
    I am certainly not fond of the idea of a hip replacement, but was so worried because another surgeon had told me I would need one and it does feel like it is coming right out of the socket sometimes. Very weird. Of course I got a lecture about keeping on track with my meds, but I told her, ya know, I have had quite a bit of dental trauma and pain and you have his number if you want to call and verify with him. I did not apologize for it; I don’t feel I should have too. I freaking hurt and I must work everyday, it’s just that simple.
    Hope everyone else is dong o.k. I do want to thank you all for your support and for always listening to me, I do appreciate it so much. It can be tough with nobody to talk to or “complain” too in my case 
  • Howdy Marion,

    I hope you have answers soon, it sounds like they are starting to come though. The husband of the Intell Officer in my former office had double hip replacement and is doing great! Hopefully they will find a medical mix that will help you enjoy life. Since I've never had problems with my hips, not sure if I would want a hip replacement, or be told I had arthritis and would hurt for a long long time.

    Good to see you stuck to your guns about your medication and use. Speaking of which, how is your mouth doing now? I hope your feeling better daily. Take care.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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