Hi, Fishergirl, and welcome! Somehow I missed your post! I'm so sorry.
I'm sorry you have had this experience but the good news is that hopefully you will never darken this doctor's doorstep again. He just guessed what he thought was wrong...without any testing...and charged you! So we now know why he became a doctor!
Please find a good doctor. I would suggest you start out with a rheumatologist. They deal with muscle and joint pain. I have some numbness in my fingertips and it's caused by my back issues. I had tremendous pain that ran down my legs into my calves also. I had to use two canes to walk. But once I saw the rheumatologist, and he ran a myriad of tests, I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and sacroiliitis along with fibro. He gave me a muscle relaxer called Robaxin that made a significant difference in my pain and now I can walk normally without pain.
If you do decide to see a rheumatologist, do your homework first. Make sure they are board certified and, if possible, they are also diplomates. According to one of my doctors, they have to take tests on the newest things in medicine to keep the title of diplomate. All of my doctors are board certified and also diplomates and I've never had better care! You also can check them out at healthgrades.com and vitals.com. These sites tell where they were educated, if they have any claims against them, and there are patient reviews too.
Good luck on finding a good, caring doctor. Do let us know what happens because we do care about you.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7