I wanted to let everyone know that my neurologist appointment went quite well. He is a very caring and perceptive person from what I can tell, and we got along really well. I had scheduled my appointment myself, without a referral, which is somewhat risky if one doesn't have medical experience themselves, but my Doctor said I had made a good choice in seeking out a neurologist given my specific symptoms.
He did a long series of tests, which I had never done before - Things like touching me certain places, pricking me with short needles on my foot, asking for my perceived temperature of certain objects. Although I made a fool of myself when he asked me to stretch my leg forward as hard as possible in an odd way and actually teared up as the pain was so bad at that point. He also had me walk down the hall for him. He immediately said he noticed a stiffness not normal to a 22 year old.
I have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow, though, and am quite excited to finally get a good imaging procedure done that will be able to detect any soft tissue damage. The most likely thing causing my pain, that my Neurologist mentioned, was the possibility of a bulging disc. This slight bulge or degeneration will only be visible in the magnetic resonance detected from the molecules that make up the soft tissue.
However, I forgot to mention that I am slightly claustraphobic. I've never had an MRI done before, and don't really know what it's like, but know that you are inserted into a small tube and machines buzz around you for a long period of time. Has anyone else here had to take an MRI while being somewhat claustraphobic? Is it scary or am I just making it look worse in my mind?
I also need to sign up for another appointment with my PCP. I am just a little apprehensive -- The reason I hadn't gone to him after the last visit with him was because he never got back to me about a medication he prescribed me. I had some detrimental side effects from it (which were labelled as "Call Your Physician Immediately if you Have any of these Side Effects"), so I called his office. No answer. I called again a couple hours later, no answer. I called again the next day and got a nurse, who "wrote down" my request for information. I told her I just wanted to stop taking the medication and wondered if that was OK, as it didn't really help with my pain at all. She said she didn't know. It was a week since that phone call and still I hadn't received a call back, so I call again. Same situation, no doctor. So I call another doctor entirely and ask for advice. This doctor was very kind but immediately told me that, because he wasn't my PCP, he couldn't know what was best for me. I explained the situation though, and he said I could definitely stop taking the medication, as it was a class of drug with very little withdrawal effects.
So, I guess my question is this: Should I go back and see my PCP that I dislike and view as incompetent/uncaring? Or should I seek out another PCP? I have been with this one ever since I became an adult patient, so I would feel bad, but I don't want to be treated like that.
Well, sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for all of your consideration. I'm feeling better mentally at this point, but the pain persists strong as ever. Sigh, let's just hope I'll know what's wrong with me within a week or two.
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