Really bad appointment with doctor.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been seeing a great D.O who performs limited manipulations on my lower back, etc. It has worked to some extent but hasn't stopped all my pain issues. Anyways, he has another practice that has become so busy he can no longer keep up. So, I was told he was leaving and he asked me if I wanted him to make an appointment with another D.O in the area.

I agreed and now I wish I had said no.

I had my first visit with this new D.O. today and I am very upset with how the appointment went. I'm told that my pain issues are due to me being a malingerer and reluctant to get better mad

That because I can walk and get up out of a chair that I do not need to use a cane. I was also informed when the Doctor tested the strength in my right leg that I wasn't trying hard enough devil mad and again because I can walk and get up out of a chair.

I told him that I have neuropathy and he said I doubt you have it because I am able to touch your feet and you wouldn't be able to wear shoes socks. UNBELIEVABLE!

One thing that helps with the PN is Oxycontin and because of that I am able to wear shoes socks but this doctor didn't want to hear it. He also didn't want to hear that I had a few EMG/NCV tests that showed a neuropathy, or that I have disc issues, and had a positive test for Lyme which I'm undergoing treatment for.

He then had me lay down and immediately began to pull on my legs, feet, ribs, neck and despite my attempts to get him to stop he continued. I told him that I have herniated discs at C3-C4 and at T9-T10 but he ignored me. He ran his hand down my spine and said, "Well everything seems normal to me." Checks my reflexes which I was told quite recently were hyper. This guy tells me that they're normal.

Then if that wasn't bad enough he dictates his notes while I am there saying the most condescending and belittling things I've heard in quite sometime.

Needless to say I am upset and beside myself over this **** I don't need or deserve to be treated in this manner.
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I am also in severe pain in my right hip that he just about ripped out. then there's the pain in my neck, legs and feet. sad sad sad

When I got home I decided to run his name and low and behold a complaint that was issued by the state medical boards shows up. Why didn't I bother to check this guy out before I agreed to see him.

At this point I don't know if I want to file a complaint against him or just let it drop and never see him again. Which by the way I'm scheduled for on July 31st.

Post Edited (quahog) : 7/16/2008 9:36:52 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/17/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Glen,

I'd write this up and not only report him to the AMA and the hospital where he works, but send a copy to the guy who made the referral. Probably a friend of his who knew is was hurting for patients and now we can all see why. Good Lord Glen...that is just awful and I'd be fighting on this one. Just do it with a very cool and calm head. He could possibly have caused injury to your back pulling on your legs like that. Don't waste any time getting this written and reported. Oh, also send it to the state department who licenses doctors.

Good luck,
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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
For that Dr.not to stop when you told him to is inexcusable behavior.Obviously you would be able to function better on your pain meds than without so what is his point?It's almost like he's blaming you for having a small amount of quality of life.I think you should get as far away from that guy as possible before he hurts you even more....quahog,take care and may God bless you..........Rod

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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry you had to put up with a jerk. Do as Chutz said and report him and file a suit against him for pulling on you to the point it injured you. Go get him, so no one else has to put up with him.
I sure hope you get a pain free day soon.
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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I say report him. Doctors like him need to be reported before he really hurts someone. If he convinces himself out of arogance that nothing is wrong with someone and doesnt take care to be gental because of it then it's only a matter of time until he's going to wish it was only a report he was getting.
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   Posted 7/17/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought yesterday was bad but I was wrong. Today has been the worst I've felt in a long time. The pain in my right hip is SO BAD. Everytime I put weight on it my leg feels like it is going to buckle. If I didn't have a cane I would have been on the ground numerous times.

As for filing a complaint I have started writing a first draft but to be honest I would just rather let this blow over.

However, the thought of others getting hurt weighs heavily on my mind.

On another note I want to thank you all for your kind words and support.

It means a lot!

Take care

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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Quahog, I'd definitely report him and file a complaint. I'd go all the way to make sure you and no one else can get hurt by this guy. You informed him ahead of time about your conditions so he had no reason to continue as he did especially after you told him to stop. No excuse and keep writing that letter. We are behind you 100%!

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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Glenn: Please file every complaint You can plus I agree to notify the Doc who referred You to this nut and ask if You can go back to his care again.
You are not alone with being treated like this I believe a whole lot of us have had a similiar experience. I am not shy when I come across a so called Doctor like this and tell them right up front what I think of their suggestions and where they can put them. Hopefully everything works out for You.
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   Posted 7/18/2008 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
It's a shame there are doctors out there such as this one. Please, do, report him as soon as you can. And find a doctor that has compassion as well as skill. I am so sorry for the way you were treated. Shame on him!

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   Posted 7/18/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Just keep checking out the DO's . Try them all , there will be one for you. It may take time.
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   Posted 7/18/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Glen, I do hope you will reconsider and file a complaint with AMA on this nut. If he has done it to you, he has done it to others and will continue to do so until he is stopped. Just think what would happen to an injured person hurt at work and on comp and not able to work. He would write a letter to the insurance company that the person was malingering and there was nothing wrong with them and that would kill the persons' claim. Or it could be someone injured in an MVA. Please, please reconsider. The only way to weed out this kind of a dr is to bring attention to them. Susie

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   Posted 7/19/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Please find a new doctor. It's disgusting that anybody should be treated like that. I'm in the United Kingdom, so I'm not entirely sure who the appropriate people to report him to are, but my guess would be the AMA.
You deserve better. Everybody in chronic pain wants to get better - it's just natural! The fact that he thinks you DON'T want to get better is against the principle of being in pain. Who WANTS to be in pain!?
So like I say, find a new doctor, you deserve better.
Wishing you all a pain free day
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   Posted 7/20/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you never go back to him again. I also think you shouldn't pay him for that appt. I hate cruel people in power!
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   Posted 7/20/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG! Nobody should ever be treated like that! I would report him and I pray that he looses his license for that. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. My prayers are with you.
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   Posted 7/21/2008 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
That doctor, nothing but a dirtbag. I've had some very unpleasant experiences in doctor's offices, but nothing as bad as what happened to you. I think sometimes, with chronic pain patients, we're too sick to take action against the real bad doctors. That's been the case with me a few times. I WANT to write to politicians, the AMA, etc. I was always a fighter, resourceful, tough as nails. Now, I'm in so much pain, that just getting through the day is a chore. I swear the bum doctors know this too. They kick us when we're down, because they know we're hurting so bad. I'm sorry this happened to you. What a dreadful and humiliating experience.
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