LLPLUV Do you have copies of the the packet and of the 3 referrals? If not, why not ask for copies, and also ask for copies of the the Doctors notes for each one of your visits. You know, you are entitled to them, they are part of your records. And by law I think they have to give you copies if your request them, but they may want to charge you for making the copies! So you might want to check on that! Anyway calmly talk to your Doctor about this situation, and explain that you can not aford to keep coming back and having to pay the co-pays each time. You might want to ask who (the Pain Specialist ) she is referring you to, and ask if you can call and make the appointment and or go there with copies of your referrals. In other words do the job of that office manager in your Doctors office who isn't doing it! Well of course if that doesn't work,.... well ....you could always see an attorney for advice. These are all just suggestions I have based on my own personal opinions, I just try to think of things that I would do, but obviously you need to do something, don't your? Because, from what you say the office manager sure isn't doing the job. So be creative and think of ways that could help you fix the situation, and then present them to your Doctor. I know you shouldn't have to do that, but sometimes you just have to get involved and be proactive, I mean after all it is your health you are talking about here! I jus And in the end we are all responsible for our own health, Aren't we?
Good Luck to You LLPLUV
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
I didn't mean to come off like I thought you weren't being proactive in your care. I didn't think that at all. And it upsets me to think that you should have to do the job that you are paying someone else to do! But to a great extend that is the way it is, and that is wrong! But there is allot of truth in the saying if you want something done and want it done right, then you have to do it yourself! And from your post you kow that all to well!
I do wish you only the best LLPLUV, It looks to me like you are doing way way to much now! With your condition and the pain that goes with it, why should you be the one carrying all that load? It seems to me I have asked you a question similar in content, in another post! Are you the only one keeps things together and makes things work?
Please make sure you look out for yourself, because from the sounds of it, if you don't, Who will????
Take Care LLPLUV
Wow I didn't know so many posts occured while I was in the ER yesterday with Renal Colic.
Thank you all for giving me some good advice...
Whitebeard - It seems to me I have asked you a question similar in content, in another post! Are you the only one keeps things together and makes things work?I have always been like my mother I feel sometimes the only person that can do anything right is if you do it yourself. I know I need to learn to ask for help. Heck it was painful mentally to ask my sister for help yesterday to take me to the ER when I was on my livingroom floor screaming. I think I'm trying to hold onto some sort of independence. You didn't come off wrong in your original post. I understood everything you meant. Sometimes we all have to step up to the plate with our health.
Stillrecovering - Wow Laurie, it sounds like you are dealing with the VA. LOL my husband gave up on the VA with his Gulf Syndrome. He uses private docs now they made him so mad!!!
I have to go back to the docs office again this morning.
Chutz - And IMHO your doc is being a real pain in the caboose by only trusting you with a few pills at a time. If you have not given her a reason to doubt you then you should get enough for at least 1 month. I have never given any doc reasons to be concerned I NEVER abuse my meds. She told me they can only prescribe a certain amount of pain meds at a time. I think its crap but who knows. would also like to add that once things settle down a bit you might consider looking for a new doctor...one who practices and works with a university/teaching hospital. They don't have as many issues with pain medications and they are on top of the latest technology. Yes as soon as I get into the PM I will find a doctor I live only 20 miles from Vanderbilt University. I realize there is nothing they can do about my condition but sometime somewhere they have to find something for PKD.
Once again thank you all for your advice it has been very comforting. Now if I can get through this day with still feeling the Renal Colic (not as bad as yesterday but still bad). Going to the Urologist to get my scan and records to send to the PM doc they don't even schedule an appointment until one of the doctors looks at it and thinks I'm a canidate or not. Then go to my PCP and express my concerns about prescriptions once a week.