I had the WORST experience with a doctor today that I have EVER had. I'm so upset, every time I think of it, I want to cry. Let me start from the beginning and I'll be brief as possible. Just need to vent....
I went and met my new ortho surgeon who was recommended by a distant family member about two weeks ago. I thought he was ok, but a bit short and cocky. I was sent for my MRI and returned to get my results. I asked him at the end of the appointment if I would be able to get anything for the pain and he got really weird with me and said it wasn't his thing and that I would need to see a pain specialist. Ok, so I went up to the desk to check out and I asked there about making an appointment with their in office pain specialist (since their is NO surgery option for me, I was told by the surgeon that pain management was my only real option). She told me that they didn't have anything available for two weeks! So I asked her to go ask the doctor if he could give me something for the pain in the meantime, as I have two young children at home that I need to be able to take care of. It was at this point that I really started to feel like I was being treated as JUNKIE! They gave me a horrible fight about it, I left after a lecture and crying.
I decided to make an appointment with a pain management specialist that was closer to my home (I was traveling 35 mins. to see this guy) and he is my husband's grandmother's doc, so I trust him. Had a WONDERFUL appointment with him. Felt like someone really understood my situation for once and he also told me that I did have pressure on nerves, which the ortho did not. Not sure if he read the report ,but when he came in the room with me, he just looked at the MRI on the screen. Anywho, he has me on Norco and Robaxin and I am getting some relief of pain that brings me to tears (natural child birthed, so I"m no wimp).
I developed a new symptom today and after dealing with this for 7 years, i thought I should call my ortho surgeon. I was experiencing a lot of pain in my right hip, numbness in the back of my calf, terrible pain in my foot and numbness in the arch of my foot. So I called in to his after hour line. In hind sight, probably NOT necessary, but I was a little worried, as I have not felt this before in the whole 7 years. I waited an hour, no call. I call back, they page again. Another hour, no call. I call back again and tell them that I no longer need a call, but I just want to tell them how unimpressed I am with how he treats his patience, if he doesn't think it's serious, have the answering service call me back, right? I told the girl that I was now completely unimpressed and I would not be coming back.
A few minutes later, my phone rings. It's the Dr. He literally ATTACKED me! He says "what exactly is it that you feel you need to call me for on a Saturday?! Are you aware that this is an EMERGENCY line?". I explained to him that I was concerned with this new symptom and thought I should call....he interrupts, "yeah, right! You've been dealing with this for 7 years. A little numbness in your leg?!? I've only known you for a week, you beg me for vicodin.." I started to tell him that that was in no way the reason for my call (I have pain meds) and he interrupts me again to tell me that he will be discharging my file, that they are not the kind of practice I am looking for. WHAT!?!?! I was CRUSHED. I think I shook with anger for a good 45 mins. How dare he!!
Has anyone experienced this kind of "profiling" with a doctor? I just can't believe the way he treated me, like I was some kind of junkie, looking for him to call me in a script. The whole thing has me so upset. I feel like since I"m not a candidate for surgery, he just wrote me off. I don't even know where to look next for a good doctor. Unbelievable!!!