WHY DO REFERRALS TAKE FOREVER???

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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 11/28/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,
 
I've been waiting for about a month to get a referral to see a new neurologist that specializes in Migraines at the University of VA Medical Center.  Well, I just got the call with my appointment date.  The first available appointment is MARCH 7,2007!!!  Can you believe that crap?  Since my old health clinic cut off my abortive and my emergency breakthrough medication, I'm screwed.  I can't even get a shot of Nubain there, because TPTB thought I was taking too many narcotics.  What they fail to realize is that I've tried or been on every other migraine medication, and only the narcotics do any good.  I can't even guarantee that I'll get treated at the ER, since a lot of doctors don't believe that narcotics should be used for Migraines.  When I explain my situation to them, they just interpret it as me being a "drug seeker." 
 
I am so depressed over this situation, I can hardly stand it anymore.  Then to get hope again about seeing a new specialist, it is especially depressing to find out you have to wait over FOUR MONTHS!!  I would just cry if I didn't know that it would just make my head worse.  Geez, maybe I'll see if I can go see a chiropractor.  It's about the only thing I haven't done. 
 
And I thought it was bad to wait three weeks to get all my teeth fixed, thanks to months on Depakote, and a year's worth of lousy dentistry.  I started out with 13 cavities a year ago, kept going to the dentist, and $4000 later, now all my teeth have problems.  My fillings are just crumbling, so now my gums are infected again, and the pain is horrible.  Luckily, I got a referral from an old friend to a really good dentist, who is going to start on me first thing in the morning, numb my entire mouth, and work on my teeth until he has them all fixed.  The bill will only be about half of what my previous dentist charged for the lousy work he did.
 
I am so miserable I wish I'd just die in my sleep.  Not that I'm suicidal or anything, I just want the pain to stop, and to actually get some sleep.  I may be getting about three hours a day.
 
Could my life suck more...it does, but I'm not even going to go there.
 
Wish me a miracle...but I'll take a nice thought.
 
Leigh Ann cool

"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett


Annuk
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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leigh Ann,

I am sorry you are having such a hard time painful teeth and migraine just wears you out I totally sympathise!! I don't think this will make you feel any better but here goes, I had to wait from October 2004 until July 2006 to see my Headache Specialist!!!! I have got to say well worth the wait though.

I can also sympathise over abortives as nothing much works for me except O2 and Imitrex. I had a bad attack yesterday and the O2 didn't work and I cannot have the Imitrex at the moment because of a possible heart problem, so yesterday I was left with nothing!!! - and, I was in hospital at the time!! I have got to wait until February to get the all clear for the Imitrex!

Hang in there girl, we will get through it together!!!

take care

Ann
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