I am a new member to this website and so far have found it to be a wonderful place to see that I am not the only one having the problems with doctors like I have. I just set up an appointment to see a new Rheumatologist for the fourth time. The first one I ever saw was just crazy. The second one was from a highly regarded teaching hospital here in North Carolina. He is supposedly the best one they have for lupus at this hospital. After going to him for over four years, the straw that broke the camels back was about
the fourth time that he told me my pain in my knees and hands was because I was getting older (I was 44 at the time). My mother in her mid-70's gets around better than I do at times. After contacting the head of Rheumatology at the hospital and complaining about
that I started to see another one at the same hospital, who by the way works in the Pain Clinic, only to find out that he is just as bad if not worse than the other doctor. He seems to think all of the pain that I am having in my wrists, hands, knees and feet all come from stress. He says I need to do water aerobics which make my hands and wrists hurt for days afterwards and that I need to speak with a phsyciatrist which I cannot afford. Everything my family practice doctor says or prescribes for me is wrong. She put me on antidepressants and you would have thought that she was trying to kill me. My thyroid levels are a little low so she put me on a low dose of thyroid meds and he said that was just miniscule and then the last visit he told me to stop taking, now you really have to listen to this, my ibuprofen and take tylenol instead because my prednisone would help any of the pain, which it doesn't take care of all of it and then told me to decrease my prednisone! He refuses to prescribe any pain meds like I'm there just for that like some druggy or something. Anytime I get any pain meds for any other problems like when I sprained my ankle, i hoard them like they are gold and only take them when I cannot stand it anymore. Both he and the last Dr. don't seem to think that the pain that I am having is Lupus related because I don't have any swelling of the joints. Well, if it is not that, then they need to find out where it is coming from! I am seriously thinking of going to a lawyer to see if non-treatment is the same as malpractice. If so, I am thinking seriously of sueing.
I am just so glad to have found a place like this so that I can vent and see that I am not the only one in this boat of Doctor Indifference.