His bedside manner did stink. He is a pain management specialist and neurologist. I asked the office when I called for the appointment, and he prescribes. My husband is coming with me next time, like it or not!
I just made the appointment for the MRI, which states the dx is cervical radiculopathy, rule out HNP (Herniated Nucleus Pulposus). I'm hoping this shows the problem!!!
You are so lucky that you found someone in the pain management & neurology biz. I've gone to several PM specialist that flatly refuse to even discuss my migraines. In these parts, PM docs only want to treat parts, and the head isn't one of them. I finally found a PM doctor that is a neurologist at Duke University, only a state away. Pretty ridiculous that I can't find a single person in my state that will treat me as a whole person.
It REALLY bugs me that DRs won't prescribe pain meds while in the process of diagnosing a problem. Getting appointments made, test scheduled, taken, and diagnosed usually takes several weeks, if not months, and chances are, you are expected just to deal with the pain with no help until the process is finished. If a patient is in pain to begin with, it seems totally inhumane to make that person suffer during the whole process. What is so wrong about trying to keep someone comfortable while searching for a diagnosis. There is something seriously flawed by this system.
PS - I always take my father to doctor's appointments, since the pain usually makes it hard for me to think straight and properly represent my problems. Not to mention, I have permanent memory problems due to taking the dastardly Topamax too much for too long(without any relief of my migraines to add insult to injury). Bringing someone with you is highly recommended.