Ok, so I'm venting and I'm sure it's not completely impossible, but many of you know that I have been struggling to find really good PM for a while. I've been working with the one I have and I am grateful for the help they give me!!
The main reason I finally started the "big search" was because I heard of the new laser RFA they are using in a larger city within driving distance for procedures. Amazingly, one of the physicians who uses the laser comes to this tiny town a day or two a month and I have been trying to find a way to get more info on the practice. It's a VERY large group of Dr's of many specialites and they have some seriously strange referral practices.
Basically what I found out today is that I have seen two of the Dr's in the group before. One gave me a "second opinion" on my back a few years back....I LOVED him, but I don't want more surgery and he is a surgeon. The other did my bi-lateral carpel tunnel surgery a little while back. The surgery was quite painful, but I honestly can say that he did a very good job and, although I do have some trigger finger issues, it was a good surgical procedure. Both were very good surgeons and I would work with either one again if ever needed.
On to the PM issue....So I have to get a REFERRAL from the Surgeon who gave the second opinion a few years ago to even get a CHANCE to see the PM in the group. I only saw him twice and it was honestly just a second opinion. Then I have to have all of my records sent from my current PM directly to the Dr and have him review all of the records before they will set an appointment for me to meet with him and discuss whether or not he would be a positive change. For real???? HELLO???? Does this sound a little crazy to you guys?
So I asked if I could just get a copy of my records myself and bring them to a consult and they told me no. They said they have to give my records to the Dr for him to review to decide if he would even accept a referral on me and allow me to change to his practice for care.
This is the ONLY other group of PM physicians that comes within 70 miles of my home at all. I don't mind having someone drive me to the procedures...even that far, but I can't expect my husband to take off of work constantly to go in for med checks and standard things.
I guess I'm stuck where I am and will have to basically take what I can get since there is no way I'm throwing away a Dr for the "possibility" of getting another. What if he were to say no? There are only three PM dr's in the whole group and I have found out for sure that one does not prescribe meds. That leaves two that do, but I don't know anything about them and I can't see either one without all of this hooplaaa.
Frustration, vent, complain, whine, vent, vent, vent, vent!!!! I guess that makes me feel some better. I just wanted a more up to date treatment option for the RFA. UGH!!!
Failed TLIF L5-S1, Miltiple Bulges/Herniations, Scoliosis, Pituatary Disorder, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery, Failed Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (now trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendonitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, & Vision Issues
Post Edited (RetiredMom) : 2/9/2012 2:53:50 PM (GMT-7)