Do doc's use your depression or mental illness as a blame/excuse for your physical problem???

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   Posted 4/30/2012 7:30 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 needed 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 came 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 as 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 would 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 at Vanderbilt in Nashville, "the best shoulder doc in the country" even has said he won't do anything to help. He says, people with mental illness can use their shoulder instabilty for attention.... My dad who works in the field, stopped him from even finishing and said, I'm not letting you go there, not with this.    I just don'to get it.
I can't take ingnorant, heartlessness anymore.

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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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 4/30/2012 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry you had such a messed up day! I totally get what you're saying about blaming our pain on our mental issues. I only became deeply depressed after being disabled in a senseless work "accident" and losing my job/ career over it.

Still, I was in terrible pain and my Othopedic Surgeon ordered a Discography of my lumbar. I had to go to the hospital and was awake for the entire painful procedure with little if any kind of sedative. I layed on my stomach while my doctor stuck huge needles into my discs to 'recreate' the pain I told them I am suffering. He did five discs...the first one was normal on the MRI. The remaining four disc was like being tortured! He stuck a needle in each of the four bad discs and each time I near leapt off the table and was screaming and begging him to stop! When he had finished torturing me and I was laying there in pain and shock...he leans down and whispers in my ear, "Well, at least now we know you're not crazy".

I never thought that he or any other doctor thought the pain was all in my head. That was a cruel eye-opener for me. However, since suffering through the discogram my Orthopedic doctor showed me more empathy and was much more aggressive in his treatment options. Unfortunately nothing has worked and once I finally win my workers comp case I will have a four level lumbar fusion surgery. Unfortunately I have to wait and suffer until my appeal is won and workers comp will finally pay for my medical treatments/ surgeries!

I wanted to share this with you and let you know I'm here for you too! I hope your shoulder feels better. I used to suffer from nasty back spasms that seemed as if I was having a seizure! The pain and muscle fatigue was rediculous. I still have back spasms, especially if I try laying on my back, but they have settled down a great deal. I'm not sure what helped, but I think it may have been my drug pump implant. The pump does nothing for the pain in my upper back, neck, arms and hands/fingers and my lumbar and sciatic nerve. However, it has helped decrease the pain to my three damaged thoracic dics and my mid-back spasms.

Let me know how you're doing. I'm worried about you!

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