Hysterectomy at 25
4 laproscopic surgeries since 24
Meds - vicodin : nexium : skelaxin : klonopin
Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz
i have 2...one was a pain specialist that hit on me in his office. seriously. ick. and...i never went back to him. ;)
the other was an er doc that kept me waiting, waiting, waiting...when i exited the room to see what the hold up was for being released, he was sitting, legs propped on the desk, reading the paper and chatting w/ the nurses. needless to say, i kind of let him have it, wrote a letter to the hospital and changed all my kids' emergency information. this is very sad, not only b/c this hospital is a mile from my home, but it's also where i gave birth to my children!
Like most of us I have about 20, but the worst had to be when I was in college and I had a kidney stone, first the doc told me to stop acting like I was, that the pain couldn't be that bad. Then he had to do a pelvic to rule out female stuff(although you go in for a sprained ankle and they want to do a pelvic), but as I was in so much pain and wouldn't hold still, he grabbed my hand, pulled me up and handed me the speculum(sp?) and said here, you do it! When they figured out it was a stone, they drugged me up good, too good as they dropped me off the gurney and I had no idea at first. At one point I woke up and my shoulder was killing me and when I asked why, was told I must have slept on it funny. I was admitted and the stone turned out to be on of those that had pointy spikes on it which made it keep catching. The Uro almost lost it and tore my uritor up trying to get it out. I peed blood for 4 days and they kept me mostly sedated for the first two.
Oh, I should also mention the idiot who told me to just get comfortable shoes when I first was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and complained of joint pain, HUH?
1: First time seeing this gyno (my regular one left his practice to go into special practice when HMO's were bleedind him), well this new
gyno was mean, rude - left the clamps hanging out of me for about 7 minutes while I cried and begged him to remove them because it hurt so
bad. He yelled at me to stop crying, and stop that - and his nurse never came near me, not once, and looked very mad. Since then I had a problem
w/painful sex, but now I'm an a/sexual so it doesn't matter anymore.
2: Psychologist and his good buddy Psychiatrist misdiagnosed me as bipolar (very bad to give bipolar medication to someone with only severe depression), and
along with totally messing with my head and pretending to be my friend (I really thought he was), we had relations - I was sexually exploited in my numb and
totally overly-medicated state on a twice-weekly basis. I would never EVER do that with a married man if I weren't all messed up. First time I ever filed a lawsuit - they didn't want to go
to trial and settled big. Won't take away my never EVER wanting to be in a relationship again, though. Ever!!! (I'm happy about that, too! NEVER want to deal with ANY trust issues
with anyone ever, ever again! Ever!
These stories are really awful. These doctors should be learning how to deal with people in general, like customer service skillls, empathy, understanding, and trust. They really need to develop people skills!
I had a multitude of symptoms happen to me over years ; I thought I had a bladder infection, so went to an Urgent care walk-in center. They tested my urine and found no infection (though they gave me antibiotics anyway)....however, they did find blood and protein in my urine and gave me a referral to an internist/kidney specialist. So I went to the referred doc and started telling her my list of problems and she actually told me to stop talking! She did not want to hear anymore and said I was being ridiculous!!!! She just said she'd send me for some tests and if there was any problem, the office would call me, I was not to call them! ***??? I felt like such an idiot and felt like she thought I was psycho or something. Needless to say, they never did call me back.
In my Rheum's office, one of the receptionists is just down right rude to people. I just had a severe pain flare, where I could hardly walk and even sitting was painful. Before that happened, I had requested some paperwork be filled out several days before. They were busy so I told them I'd come back on Friday to pick it all up, they said fine. Thursday my pain started and so I had to drive there to go get my paperwork, which was tortorous. I had to park all the way in the back of the lot, with a long walk. An old man saw my struggling, and so nice of him, came running to me to help me..he held onto one arm for support! And walked me in. I got in, asked the rude receptionsit for my paperwork, and she just glanced around real quick and said she knew nothing about it. I was in tears from pain and then getting quite aggravated. I said , well, what am I supposed to do? She said, "well, you got me', "I don't know where it is'. Then she said I could wait about 40 minutes for the next employee to come in, that maybe she might know. When that person came in, she looked at me like she never saw me before. Then I heard the rude one saying things to the other throught the glass. Well, then I saw the one who came in just pick up my paperwork right off the desk, so it was laying there the whole time. And the rude one just didn't want to bother. She gave it to me and I left. Then I got about 1/2 mile down the road & decided to look at my papers......then noticed that the doc never signed it!!!! Now i had to go all the back again! I have no clue how I got back, but I did. When I walked in towards the desk, the rude one rolled her eyes at the other receptionist and said "she's baaack, AGAIN!!!!". I reallly wanted to go off, but I was in so much pain and just wanted my paperwork filled out correctly to avoid any delays. They got it signed & gave it back and I went home. And I had called a month before to make an appt. specifically to discuss the paperwork with the doctor. The doctor okay'd everything, but did not fill anything out; instead, he told me the girls can take care of it all. I've also been waiting 3 weeks for them to enroll me in a prescription assistance program for one of my meds and it's still not done. Another thing..I have a history of lumbar spine problems and also probably worsening hip problems. But the Rheum, all he seems to want to do anymore is give Lidocaine injections into my muscles. This is extremeley painful being my back is usually in severe spasms & the needle going into that is unbearable. And...the Lidocaine does not do anything. I get a little numbness in the area for a few hours, but that is it. Many times I've gotten at lesat 12 injections at once and I noticed my insurance gets billed over $300 per shot. Plus it seems like a standard procedure there, as the Lidocaine bottles are all lined up in each office. More so due to the staff, I think I'm going to find a new Rheum that knows how to treat patients.
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 10/12/2008 2:21:24 PM (GMT-6)
I'm usually in the Hepatitis forum, but I've peeped in here a few times, as I have chronic pain issues, also. I've had my share of bad doctors (and dentists!), but the worst was probably an orthopedic surgeon. She did replacements on both of my hips, then had to do a revision on the left one 3 weeks after the first surgery. A piece of the prosthetic hip had slipped out of place. When I awoke from the revision, I was in a spica (body) cast, from just under my breasts all the way down and including my left foot and to just above the knee on the right. The left leg had been "frog-legged" in the cast. I was never told that being casted was even a remote possibility. have never had so much pain and discomfort before or since. I remained that way for three very long weeks, then switched to locked steel hip and leg braces...same position...for another 4 weeks. I was in the hospital for 7 weeks. Four years later, the left hip started constantly dislocating. I finally had it revised again--this time by a Mayo ortho surgeon. What a difference! However, he said that the right artificial hip is not placed correctly and will have to be redone somewhere down the road. I still have pain with that hip.
Mayo is like a different world altogether. The doctors are not only excellent, but have respect and compassion for the patients. Everyone that works there is so pleasant and respectful. It's wonderful!
I would have liked to sue the first ortho surgeon, but at the time I was w/o insurance and getting all my care at a teaching hospital. If I had initiated a lawsuit, they would no longer treat me. In addition, they have a "cap" on the amount of payout, which isn't a lot. Yes, it's the principle and not the money, but without money (or insurance) one would not be able to get treatment elsewhere.
Post Edited (hep93) : 10/13/2008 10:59:51 PM (GMT-6)