So today I went to my Psychiatrist for a typical follow up to get refills. Figured it would be easy in and out.
He never remembers much about
me. He acted again like I never told him about
my back problems, or that the man who lives with me is not just my friend but parnter. 'You are homosexual?' he asked for the third visit in a row. It is very weird and starting to creep me out a bit, honestly.
But that isnt the biggest issue. The issue is that when I had to explain AGAIN how I have back problems from scoliosis (he said go to Korea, they will help with scoliosis there. It is your posture.) he asked if I took meds for it, and I said yes I did, but I tell them to the nurse every visit. So I listed them to him anyhow and he was like
YOU NEVER SAY YOU TAKE THE TRAMADOL!
Me: "Y-yes, I tell all my doctors everything I take...even over the counter stuff. I told you last time."
Dr: "No, you no tell me last time. This first time. First time you tell me of Tramadol. That narcotic. Addictive. No good. And with prozac, very dangerous with serotonin syndrome. Why am I just hearing this now?"
Me: "I, I don't know...I tell everyone I am on it. I even knew that it could interact with Prozac, so when I was perscribed it I asked specifically every doctor I saw if it was bad to take both. They all said the risk was minimal and I should take it."
Dr: "Well not me! Why you wait till now to tell me?"
Me: "...I didn't, I..."
Dr: "Well if you no tell pain doctor to change meds and check with me, I can no prescribe Prozac any longer. I will not give it to you.
Me: "o-ok, but what do I do? I need my prozac..."
Dr: "That is your responsibility to tell doctors of the interactions and that you take other medications."
Me: "I did...they all said it was fine. Why would I assume I should stop it if everyone said it was fine. Even your nurse should know I take it."
Dr: "No, you never said."
Me: "...ok, so what should I do if he perscribes a different med?"
Dr: "Ask him about
Me: "...I did before, and he said I would be fine. So how is me asking him about
a new drug gonna be any different?"
Dr: "well That is your job, to ask."
So Then I went to the nurse, who I see sometimes instead of the doctor due to my insurance. I told her while she took my blood pressure, (which was so high from anxiety) about
how I knew I told them about
all my meds before. I had been on Tramadol for about
a year now.
Me: "There's no way I didn't tell you guys I was taking that, is there?"
Nurse: "Oh, well there is no way for me to know unless I look at your file." (As she puts the blood pressure paper IN MY FILE.)
I am about
to flip out. My anxiety was soooo bad. I have had it with this doctor for so long and it was bearable because all I needed from him were refills. But if he is going to start stepping into the shoes of my Pain Doctor then he is out of line and I need to switch. I'm going to explain all this to the pain doctor and my PCP tomorrow. When I see my therapist I am going to ask her to help me see if I can switch Psychiatrists.
I am all for docs wanting to be safe, but this guy is NOT being safe. If he was he would have asked me every visit of any med changes. He would have remembered his notes. He wouldnt have simply jumped all over me because he THINKS I neglected to tell him something.
Post Edited (misterkatamari) : 2/27/2013 1:06:48 AM (GMT-7)