Thanks for those tips. It would be nice if they told newbies things like that! Also, I never expected total pain relief. I haven't gotten 50% yet. Unfortunately I had a PCP that believed that she knew more about
my habits, pain and lifestyle than I did. She was downright nasty to me. (I only saw her twice, she will not be long term on my team). Total lack of respect for anything I had to say, any knowledge I had, things I had tried, research I had done. She was younger than me and clearly offended that I take control of my own health care. She even said "Well, I AM a Doctor you know." Excuse me? What am I supposed to say to that? I wasn't going to stoop to her level, but I have 22 years experience in the medical field, 5 as a military corpsman, 13 as a licensed massage therapist and a recent pre-med degree. She may have a "DO", but she's been out of school and residency 2 years, I far outweigh her on independent clinical experience and treatment planning. However, I didn't throw that around, but believe me, I wanted to. She clearly held the belief that all patients in need of pain medication are future addicts and death statistics, and said as much.
She would cut me off in descript
ion of my problem and just lecture me on how ibuprofen, PT and lifestyle were the answer to everything. She grudgingly ordered an MRI and even "predicted" that the results would be normal and everything would come back to PT referral. (Been there, done that, along with a bunch of other modalities). So, when my MRI didn't come back "normal" she hid the results from me, refused to discuss them with me, and kept making phone calls to radiology trying to get someone to change the results to suit her predetermined outcomes. I wish I was making this up, but I'm not. I had to get a copy of the disc, download a reader and look at the films myself to find the report and get my chiropractor to go over them with me. The PM doc was the first to actually discuss my MRI with me and give me a diagnosis. Even after that, this PCP is still sending me messages that she is in the process of getting my report changed....can she do that legally? What the What the?
I see the back and spine program in our nearby major city today. It will be an NP who does only back and spine, they are staffed by a physical medicine doc, a PA and an NP and this is all they do. Their goal is to get multiple aspects of treatment going at once and coordinate all appts and referrals through their office. So, they will go over MRI, discuss if therapy is an option, and make referral to Neurosurgeon if needed. I sure as heck hope this gets me in the right direction. I've had to do all this as self referrals since my Doctor wouldn't do squat for me. She even downplayed my MRI results telling me I had "mild arthritis" in my neck and "a possibly a mildly pinched nerve from C5 to C7". That isn't what the report says at all. It's one thing to put it in laymans terms, it's another to change the meaning entirely to suit your own biases! UGH! Thanks, needed to vent!
Post Edited (JustanotherMom) : 12/30/2015 8:07:57 AM (GMT-7)