Dont feel bad for ranting, we all do it at some point or another. I do it every few months or so, when I'm just fed up. :)
The first thing I would do is call your current pain doctors office and request a copy of your records. I have never had this problem, BUT, I've heard from a few that if you go in and rant at the doctor or say you are switching that they some might "edit" your records. If anything just let them know you would like a copy to have due to your ER visit. So you can take it with you.
If your pain doctor is not treating your pain, and you are NOT on an unhealthy dosage of medications already, I highly suggest finding a new doctor. Stick to that. It's just like everything else, sometimes you have to go through alot of frogs before you find a prince. It applies to doctors too. If you decide to go in and confront him be warned that he may upset you more. It might be easier to just switch doctors. Rather than have this doctor tell you what he feels your pain is at, and what he feels your problems are.
As far as the whole weight merry-go-round, I've been there too. I've gained a great deal of weight IMO since I hurt my back in 2000. What sucks is that 1)I can't do anything that creates impact due to my back problems which rules out walking, jogging, etc. 2)I can't bend that too causes pain 3)If I do manage to go for a 15-20 minute walk I'm in pain for a week because of it 4)pain medications screw up your ability to lose weight. 5)I agree you can't cook a healthy meal because of being unable to stand that long 6)My colitis makes eating veggies (such as a salad thats quick) HORRIBLE
I've actually seen a dietician who told me that due to my colitis and reactions to any green veggies, that salad just isn't an option for me unless I want to end up in the hospital. I've also been told after keeping a record of everything I ate (using a measuring cup) for a month, that I should weigh about
1/2 of what I do. She said the only fix is to go off the pain medication, but my other hormone problems still interfere, and hope that it works. When I have a bit of pain free time, I do lose weight. I was given steroid shots July 06 that I was told would force me to gain weight, I lost 20lbs because over 2 weeks I felt good. But was told the steroid shots were not something that could be done again.
Anyways, take care, and I would really debate on confronting this doctor. Personally I would go see the other pain doctor to interview him, and ask about
what he plans to do as a treatment plan, and then write a letter to your previous doctor if you like the new one explaining why you are leaving his practice.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)