Hey, RealPain; I hear you. Do you have anything in your medicine toolbox for headaches? I glanced through what you had listed but didn't see anything I could identify as aiding headache.I have an interesting observation about doctors. I always try to get my appointments on a Thursday or Friday because like the rest of us, Mondays are a drag. Just something I noticed. Especially late Friday afternoon, I find them more than accomodating.
Most everyone has said things I was going to say .. so in an effort not to repeat I'll just give you a big ((supportive hug)) and let you know that I feel for you and hope you can find some releif soon.
Take care and warm hugs,
Just wanted to add, that I saw you are taking wellbutrin. That medication gave my horrific headaches the whole time I was on it. Just something to think about.
I know that I should have just told you what I felt while I was in your office, but that is not the type of person that I am. I choose not to have confrontation in my life and if I would have told you what I thought at that time there would have been confrontation. I try my best to respect authority figures because that is how I was raised. You on the other hand must not have been raised quite like me. You sat there and belittled me like I was nothing, all because I described a headache as being “horrible”. Well you know what it was “horrible” and I am NOT defending that to YOU.
Have you ever had carbon monoxide poisoning?? I have, and you know what… I dealt with THAT pain just like I am dealing with THIS pain. I only bring this up because of the fact that the headaches I get now resemble the ones I got when I had carbon monoxide poisoning. They start in my neck and wrap around to the front of my head. You may have had a valid point when you said that my headaches could be due to something more then the tension I have in my neck but you had no right to talk to me the way that you did. Just because you have a degree in medicine, does not give you the right to treat your patients as if they are nothing!!!! You made your point when you said that it could always be something more. You did not have to go to the degree that you went to. I do NOT have any underlying issues that cause me to “look for attention” nor did I write the word “horrible” as a cry for help!!!! I wrote that because THAT is how I felt at that given time!!! My brother dealt with migraines his entire life and I can tell you that he (on more then one occasion) described them as “horrible”.
I am appalled by the fact that you insinuated that what I go through was not a legitimate reason to feel the way that I do. I would like to see you deal with unexplained pain for 8 ½ years without a diagnosis. I would like you to spend thousands of dollars that you DON’T HAVE searching for answers and then just continue to get ridiculed by doctor after doctor. I only said that I trust my doctor’s diagnosis because he has earned that trust with me!!!! He is the only doctor that has ever taken the time to see that what I feel IS REAL!!!!! I didn’t want to do any unnecessary tests because I don’t have the time or money to do so. It is not like I came in there asking for pain medication, or saying that I thought I was dying. I came to your office because MY doctor wanted me to be treated for my fibromyalgia. I never wanted to see you; I only did it because my doctor felt that you could shed some light on things to HELP me… not knock me down!!!!
You sat there and told me that I needed to pay better attention to my body and my mind. Are you kidding me???? If I had not paid attention to it do you think that I would have been there in the first place??? I just try to put it in the back of my mind sometimes (atleast the best that I can) because if I sit and dwell on the fact that I am in pain day in and day out I will drive myself insane. I cannot sit here and think the worst of things all the time, if I did, I would be in the doctor’s office all the time. You told me that because I didn’t think that my headaches could be due to a tumor then I was contradicting the severity of things. You said that a person cannot use the word “horrible” to describe a headache, and then turn around and say that they don’t think it is anything to worry about. Last I checked I was not a hypochondriac and I do not think that I am dying just because I have bad headaches!!! Like I said earlier my brother has had horrible headaches all is life (yes I said horrible) and he is fine, so why would I think that it HAD to be more???? I trust my doctor’s opinion on things as I should be able to.
It is people like you that make people like me quit seeing doctors!!!! You sat there and talked down to me like I had no feelings. You said things that implied that everything was all in my head. You are a rude, arrogant individual and I hope that some day you realize that you are NOT better then everyone else just because you have that fancy medical degree!!!!
Post Edited (realpain) : 2/24/2009 8:01:29 AM (GMT-7)
I would not go back to him either! Sounds like your Dr. is great and I would stick with him!
I was diagnosed by a rheumy but was not impressed with him either. When the fibro first hit I was very sick and scared, I had questions to ask and felt very rushed and felt like "just a number." I have a wonderful Dr. and she is the one that treats me for my fibro- I would not give her up for anything!