Just wondering --
Has anyone here been in too much pain to see a doctor for pain? It may sound a little ironic or even crazy, but there have been quite a few times that I've had to call my surgeon's office or pain management doctor at short notice saying I'm just in too much pain to sit in an hour or more of traffic to get to an appointment.
Of course the whole point of having the appointment is to address the pain that's now stopped me from seeing the doctor.
Last year I even got a warning letter from my surgeon's office saying I had cancelled too often at short notice. Most practices have a late cancellation or no-show fee, but my surgeon's office has no such policy. They just waited until they felt I had cancelled too often (three times in one year) and then sent me a letter threatening to discharge me. Never mind that I had had no fewer than four major spine surgeries there in the past five years. Never mind that I wouldn't be in so much pain had I never had surgery (at least that's my opinion).
Do you feel that your doctors or their staff are empathetic when you have to cancel due to pain? Or are they bureaucratic and unbending, unsympathetic and uncaring?
I understand fully that doctors can't run practices with patients cancelling at the last minute. And it's unfair to other patients who have been waiting for appointments. But sometimes those of us in unrelenting, chronic pain just can't get to our appointments because the pain is so overwhelming.
Have others been through this? Am I selfish to have to cancel on occasion when I can barely get off the couch due to pain? What advice do you have? I would like to think that doctors who deal with a patient population that is by definition in pain might show some sympathy. I don't expect my doctors to like it or tolerate it unconditionally, but after all pain is their business.