Sometimes it doesn't pay to try to do the right thing, does it???
I have been having really bad muscle spasms all weekend long and haven't been able to sleep for more than a few minutes at a time because every time I move the pain wakes me up. This is not an entirely unusual event, but as I have recently switched to a new PM who has been trying me with new meds, I did not have any of my old standby BTP meds to take. I very nearly went to ER on Sunday but managed to make it to this a.m. and called the doctor's office. The office is 60 miles from my home and of course, the docs are all out until Wednesday for the holiday. The nurse said "the new meds obviously aren't working, so you need to go to the ER and have them give you something for now and then we'll talk to your doc on Wednesday about
fixing the med situation" but I in all my wisdom (or foolishness?) thought I would save my insurance some $$ by going instead to an out-patient urgent care center. Bad mistake. Although I asked the rent-a-doc to call my PM's office to get the scoop, he would not. He then told me he would not consider giving me any pain meds (or even a shot!) due to an office policy to weed out drug seekers. He lectured me on how if this is a chronic issue I should be seeing a specialist (um, hello??? was he not listening to anything I said?) and asked me what I expected him to do. I said "well, I was thinking this was a better option than the ER since I don't need to be hospitalized, just helped over the hump, but are you telling me I should leave here and go to the ER instead?" Well, then he backtracked right away and "called in a muscle-relaxant and a pain-killer" for me. When I got to the pharmacy I discovered that the "pain-killer" he'd called in was actually just OTC strength Alleve (which I had told him I was already taking). I am praying that the muscle-relaxant will be enough to at least let me sleep for a few hours as I know the exhaustion can't be helping, but I am more than a little afraid this will continue to spiral out of control and ultimately force me to go to the ER anyways.
Next time the nurse says go to the ER, I won't argue!
I am new to this forum, but I thought this story might help prevent some of you from having the same problem. Have a great (and hopefully healthier) new year.
Post Edited (ryand) : 12/31/2007 5:44:22 PM (GMT-7)