Hello everyone. I'm sorry that I don't get a chance to post often. I am working many hours, and I've had a lot of extreme stress in my life.
I am now crying as a result of a visit with a very callous and rude family doctor. I have stage IV endometriosios, and I've had eight surgeries so far. I'm getting a hysterectomy in the fall because the pain is too severe. My period (sorry guys if this grosses you out1) is now 7 days late, making the pain even worse. I have a script for Lortab, but it doesn't work at all. I saw a pain specialist a couple times, and both places recommended I switch to Percocet when my pain is at its worst - during my periods. I also deal with bad GI problems from the endometriosis, and in the surgery that's in the fall, they're going to do several bowel resections. As a result of the bowel endometriosis, I have chronic and severe diarrhea that is only controlled by Lomotil.
My GYN was prescribing my meds, but she went out on maternity leave and her associates won't help me out. So, I had to go see this older family doctor (he's in his late 70s.) Before, he has always talked down to me, and today was no exception. He told me that I was a "Drug Addict" and that women with endometriosis don't have pain. He also told me that GI problems are never due to endometriosis, and instead, I'm addicted to the med I take for that. He acted like a mean and big bully. And it really hurt that he called me an addict because I've been battling this severe condition for a long time. He rushed to judgment too fast.
I don't know what to do. The ER is not an option. I went there this past February because I was out of all of my meds after my previous family doctor abandoned me after I couldn't pay off his huge bill. (I make min. wage, and we're struggling financially.) This left me without my meds, and I got sick fast. I got rapidly dehydrated, and I then had a seizure in the ER. The doctor said it was probably due to the electrolytes being out of balance. Also, I take Valium and had come off it too fast. (Even today, I had to ask the famly doctor to give me another script for Valium, and he refused saying I was a drug addict.) I'm just so, so, so hurt and in a ton of pain.
I go to a pain clinic in mid-September, and I see a GYN at the same facility the same month. So I just need to make it until then.
Anybody have any feedback on how I can get it through this doctor's thick skull why I need the meds? I'd love to go elsewhere but they require me to pay their old outstanding balances before they'll see me. It's a mess. By the way, I remember seeing a letter once on the internet that addressed people and their family and doctors about with invisible illnesses. Does anyone remember it or know where I can find it?
Thanks for letting me vent. Time to curl up in my ball on the sofa with my dog.
I appreciate it, everyone.