I'm tired of being he blame for doctors ignorance and stupidity

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   Posted 4/30/2012 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a bad day....
starting with PT for my shoulder. I was good going in, but after a few exercises I went into extreme, violent spasm's. I had two PT's litterally holding my shoulder in place for 45 minutes. They eventually called the abulance b/c they wouldn't let me drive home. I wanted to go to the bigger hospital in my area, but because they couldn't get an IV started, the EMT's wanted me to go to the closer, smaller one first. They knew I need IV meds, and fast. That back fired BIG TIME. I ended being placed in a room forever before I was even triaged. After hours the doctor come in finally. She litterallly says, "i'm not going to stop the spasm's but I'll give you some toradol and norflex". I take the injections and wait, and wait, and wait. finally I ask to see the doc again and she comes in with discharge papers and says "there is nothing else I am going to do. My job is to make sure nothing life threatning is going on, and its not." I ask her what am I suppose to do as this has been going on for over 5 hours now and my chance of dislocation is like 20x more likely now. She says "stop shaking your arm". So i guess she thinks I'm violently shaking my damaged, torn, messed up shoulder for over 5 hours on purpose..... I get really mad and tell her, Just admitt you don't Know what to do, and that your too busy to take the time to figure out how to help me. I tell her my specialist told me to go to ER and get something IV for spasm, and all she says is "of course thats all they can tell you. I've done all i am giong to do."
Its seems like if doctors don't know what it is, they just blame the patient. Because I do have depression and Non-Epileptic seizures, SO many doctors have just told me either I'm faking this or its a form of my mental illness.(I'd love to know how mental illness shows anatomical damage on an MRI)
 Going through this all the time really makes me what to start showing them what being crazy really looks like....
I also say they are color blind. They only thing they see is black and white. If there is any grey area, they run from it, passing you on or blaming it all on you.
One day I am going to come in with my arm in a cooler and then see what they do. I really think I may get better care that way. Then they would at least be interested or something.
I wish they could just feel the pain at least once, and feel the emotions that go with hours, days, even years of pain. I can't take being told there is nothing they are going to do( IF they said, I don't know what to do, and tried to help me find something else to try or do I wouldn't willing take that, appreciating their honesty). Instead, they loose all humanity and since of empathy, and are just cruel.
I really hate the 'godlike' mindset so many doctor's have. I really don't get it. At all.....
I'm am totally frustrated and don't know what else to do.
The cheif of shoulder surgery and Vanderbilt in Nashville, "the best shoulder doc in the country" even has said he won't do anything to help. I just don'to get it.
I can't take ingnorant, heartlessness anymore.
thanks for letting me vent.
27 years old
Dx's: Depression/anxiety, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Migraines, repeat joint dislocations, suppressed immune system
14 Major surgeries since 2003
Meds: Cymbalta-Depression/nerve pain, Valium-PRN anxiety/sleep, Trazadone-sleep, Ambien/sonta(take one everyother day to resist tolerance;not working), Lortab PRN-shoulder pain

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   Posted 5/1/2012 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Ang, sorry you were treated badly. Do you think the doc thought you were a drug seeker? That would explain an NSAID and a muscle relaxant, and the attitude. Did either of the drugs help at all?

I hope your specialist can find a way to help yoou.

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   Posted 5/1/2012 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
If I may offer a suggestion.

1. Have all your doctor's names and phone numbers with you at all times. Include in that information what you see them for.
2. When you go to the ER and talk to the ER doctor and tell them the treatment you need per your doctor's instructions insist that they call that doctor to verify it. If they refuse tell them you want to speak to their supervisor or someone in the hospital administration.
3. Ask your doctor to place a note in your medical chart specifying the treatment needed for issues that you often end up in the ER for. That way if the doctor is unavailable his/her nurse can look in your chart and relay that information. Once you know the note(s) have been put in your medical record be sure to tell the ER doctor that so that when the call is made the office staff can be told it is there and can look for it.
4. If your needs are not being taken care of at the ER you are at and you feel or know they will be at another area hospital ask to be transferred.
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   Posted 5/1/2012 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a time you could go to an ER and the doctors weren't afraid to give you pain medications if they had a good reason to believe you needed them. Nowadays, unless you've got a compound fracture, third degree burn, or something along those lines, forget about it. The most they'll likely give you is tramadol, which can be helpful if your pain is only moderate, but not if it's severe. True, drug seekers are a problem, but this whole hysteria over painkiller abuse is getting ridiculous. Painkiller abuse is a problem, but it shouldn't become one for those of us who are in legitimate need of relief.

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   Posted 5/1/2012 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, good suggestions if all the hospitals in the patient's area share information. There are more than 4 different systems of several hospitals each where I live, and they do not get along at all. Should we ask our doc for a note or letter?

Not to criticize, but only to add information Re transferring by ambulance: I went to local ER for an acute abdomen and was told the surgeon on call would refuse to see me because I had transferred for a related problem after he insisted treatment would be gutting me like a fish. The ambulance, required for transport since I had an IV, tried to bill me in full without going through my insurance, which isn't allowed. The hospital had told them I wasn't an emergency. I got laproscopic surgery at the second hospital for ruptured colon.
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