Nizz, I get so angry hearing things likw this! How dare that doc to something that could possibly follow you around for the rest of your life. Is it possible for your pain doc to get involved? Are you in a position to hire an attorney? Also I know when I have been in the ER I've seen numbers for patient advocates posted, could you find one of those to see what your options are. This is the kind of stuff we as CPer's shouldn't have to deal with, we have enough to deal with our CP. I am so sorry this happened to you. Hopefully there will be some more suggestions for you and some you'll be able to follow up on. We are hearing so many similiar stories lately we have to do something about how CPer's in this country are treated.
Edited to add: Shelter' and I were posting at the same time...that's a good idea too, contacting whoever is over your medical department.
Post Edited (Mochiah) : 5/15/2008 8:37:14 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (A. Nonymous) : 5/15/2008 11:48:57 PM (GMT-6)
Bless your heart, this story just keeps getting worse! After this explanation of the depth of problems this b!+ch caused you, I DEFINITELY would sue both the doctor and hospital. Find the most respectable "ambulance chaser" you can find. They most likely will have free consultation and will take your case on contingent rather than fee basis. Since this Doc is so fond of citing her "expert opinion", let's see how much she enjoys reciting it before a judge and jury.
And although he was wrong not to hear you out initially, kudos to your PM doc for taking a stand with you. There are very few doctors that will be an advocate for their patient when it means lining up against other doctors or a hospital. This guy deserves a medal.
I've never personally sued anyone in my life, though I have been party to numerous suits (both as plaintiff and defendant) as part of my occupation. I don't suggest taking someone to court lightly. But this lady almost caused you to lose your access to pain management, and if you're like me, that's not the death penalty, but it would mean the end of a functional, desirable existence. And now because of her total lack of concern for a patient and her gross arrogance, she continues to injure you by preventing reasonable care at an ER facility. She sure sounds like she thinks that new "Dr." title on her business card is spelled "GOD". Sue her and the hospital. They've already given you an admission of guilt in writing. Good luck and God Bless.
Nizzan, if you are truly interested in getting some attention to the situation, then you need to contact JCAHO (the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations). To recieve accreditation from this organization, a hospital MUST adequately treat pain until it is under control, per the patient bill of rights. I am not a lawyer, but I do know that hospitals take a complaint to JCAHO very, very seriously. If enough complaints are filed, a hospital will lose its accreditation. I am willing to bet that this hospital will not take a chance of losing its accreditation over this hyper sensitive hospitalist. Believe me, where there is smoke, there is fire; if you have had a bad experience with this doctor, then more than likely other people have, too.
Also, I would say this. As long as your pain management physician stands behind you, and trusts you, then you have no reason to fear going back to that hospital. Despite the label in the records, physicians are required to adequately treat your pain. In addition, if your pain management doctor is made aware before hand that you are going to the Emergency Room, then he or she can phone ahead and prepare the staff. You should never have to go to a completely different hospital system because of a paranoid physician. You know, I understand that you can't afford an attorney. But if it was me, I would be so, so angry at the violation of my privacy and trust that I would find an attorney somewhere that would not only remove that label from my records, but also file a suit against the hospital and physician for behavior that may have aggravated your condition.
Good Luck, ~PainKILLER
Nizz, have you thought about going to the press with this? This might put pressure on the hospital plus you might be able to find a lawyer who is willing to help pro bono? Normally I wouldn't suggest this, but something needs to change here. It is not acceptable for you to be treated that way. Just a thought. The press might not want to do a story about it, but you have nothing to lose just incase they might. J.ust a thought. Oh and I would definately contact JCAHO
On a lighter note: anybody else here remember the "Seinfeld" episode where Elaine's doctor labeled her a problem patient and it followed her to every doctor in town?