Hi again everybody.
If you don't know my story you might want to read my other posts before this one. But in short, I'm 19 and have severe lower back pain and sciatica down my legs and into my toes. I've been to the emergency room twice and seen numerous doctors and have had tons of tests done but still have no answers. I've also had a hard time getting any doctors to listen to me because I'm so young...
Anyway, as you might know I had trouble getting into see the neurologist but my pain was so severe that my mom threatened to call the patient liaison if they didn't get me an appointment sooner. Well that appointment was today and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.
The first thing the doctor did was yell at me and told me I was taking too much pain medication and that they were causing most of my problems. He told me all about how pain killers were habit forming and all that stuff as if I were an idiot. Both my mom and I tried to tell him that I HAVE to take the pain killers or there's no way I can go to class but he wouldn't let us get a word in. Also I am not on that much medicine AND all the medicine I take was prescribed at that same hospital.
He looked at my MRI and didn't see anything and implied that I was faking it! I was in tears...literally I was bawling.
He checked my reflexes and told me I was "faking" my reflexes too.
He had me walk on my toes and it hurt the back of my knee. Then I walked on my toes again and it didn't hurt. He yelled at me because it hurt one time and not the other. My pain is really hard to explain and he wouldn't even let me try to tell him what I was feeling. All he did was talk down to my mom and I. The whole time he implied that I was faking the whole thing.
He told me that I need to buy soft shoes not "fancy" shoes like the ones I had on. I had on brand new Nike's that I bought because they actually made my back feel better.
He kept yelling at me saying that there had to be one traumatic incident that is causing my back pain and he didn't believe my mom when she said that there wasn't! I couldn't even talk because I was crying so hard.
Then he said I should stop taking all my pain killers and only take Neurontin. Well the Neurontin has given me awful side effects. Again he didn't listen to me and yelled about how I shouldn't take painkillers.
He said I should go to physical therapy and I tried to say that I already went and all it did was hurt me...but he yelled again! I couldn't believe it. He insisted that I go.
And the thing that made my mom and me the most mad was that he ASKED us if I wanted and EMG. Of course we said yes but he acted as if I didn't need one.
It was an awful experience. I have never been to a doctor who didn't believe me or who treated me with such little respect. When I went to the doctor today I was actually excited because I thought this would be the first step towards diagnosis and recovery. Instead I ended up in tears. I feel hopeless now. I'm worried I will spend the rest of my life in pain and I will continue to miss out on my college experience. I'm lost. I really don't know what to do next. If a doctor can't help me, what else is there I can do?