I got a letter in the mail saying that the office I go to is closing as of July 1st. We were given about 3 1/2 weeks notice . Of course, we were given the option of traveling to the city to the other office, but that trip each month is just too much at this point for me.
I saw my PM the day after I got the letter (adore my PM doctor), she just joined the practice about a year ago, but she's a sweetheart. She only found out a few days before the letters were sent by the doctors who own the practice. I was hoping she would be opening her own office but she is now having to take a new position in one of the hospitals around here.
Anyway, the search for a new PM started. I scheduled consults/interviews with the first two....first one was very nice, went over everything with me, including my current surgical consult and recommendations, current meds etc., examined me and spent well over an hour and a half during my visit. He however does no medical management, but still spent a lot of time going over everything and examine imaging, records etc to make sure that I understood the seriousness of my current spine condition and to advise me not to let any pm perform procedures to the very significant risk if paralysis at this point.
The second one is a more conventional pm, procedures, therapies and medical management as well. Would /should have been good since I am well aware of how serious the conditions in my spine are and the risks due to the serious instability and canal stenosis- however, she repeatedly interrupted me, didn't bother to read the reports from the surgeon or worse yet the MRI or CT scan , wanted to immediately schedule injections, physical therapy , trigger point injections and raise my medication dosages and change some others. In most situations her recommendations would be okay, but they are not okay when the surgical consult clearly says that the canal diameter is the size of a sharpened pencil lead, and that no room exists for any interventional treatments such as injections or physical therapy due to the significant risk of paralysis. When I tried to clarify her recommendations or get her to look at the images or better yet contact the surgeon to discuss her recommendations with him, she just proceeded to ignore that. Obviously, not a good fit...I might be willing to risk injections and obviously physical therapy but not when the doctor is showing me right from the outset she is not even willing to listen at the very first appointment, what's going to occur later??
Anyway, I returned to another pm I consulted with several years ago....He was much like the first consult, listened, went over everything, reviewed all the images, reports etc and will be going to him from now on.