Endoscopy from hell

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Joan M
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   Posted 3/28/2014 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Here in the Albany region (named the 13th rudest area in the country) I went for a scope because I showed a slight amount of Barrett's esphagus.

The first thing was the clerk had the wrong procedure. Luckily I brought a print out. She said she could only do what was printed but did change her mind (do people like that have minds???).

Okay the next was being let in for my scope and got any army nurse who was UNREAL. She said it was wrong that the company was to take me downstairs.

Super hassle...I wanted to go home. Finally that was settled and went for the scope.

Am so upset that after the scope I wanted to go home and fell and hurt my side. I HATE THE ENTIRE MEDICAL PROFESSION.

Alcie
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   Posted 3/28/2014 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, poor Joan.

I hope you didn't break anything. They shouldn't have let you walk if you were unable to. It doesn't sound very professional to chew out the patient who didn't even make the mistakes.

Joan M
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   Posted 3/31/2014 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Alcie. It has been painful but is getting better. Nothing was broken.

Will be "talking with someone" tomorrow hopefully to cope with all this stuff. Sometimes I feel like I have an bad mark on me. I get along with a lot of other groups, including auto repairmen but seem to have very bad luck with the medical people.

I guess the fact that I am alone does not do well in my favor. But I am older and hate to bother my friends to try to grub rides. A lot of them do not drive anyway.

It should not be necessary because I did have a ride from senior services and they are pretty nice about it. I just get a bad taste in my mouth from the medical people who just don't seem to care too much about me. Feel like a reject.

Thanks again for responding to my post.

Joan M
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   Posted 4/17/2014 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, on the Tuesday before last I was pulling out some spring clothes. They were in a carry-on suitcase type deal which you can bring on the airplane. My back strain was worsened by this but I did not know it was that exactly then. I called the scope place and the vp said he would pay for the expenses (my co-pay, etc.). They have admitted they had a very bad attitude toward me.

I made an appointment to see a PA because my doc was not available. That morning I worked some more on the carry on suitcase (I have two) and realized that was what was making my pain so bad. She (the PA) was VERY NICE.

So I skipped a lecture I wanted to attend and hurried home to get a muscle relaxant. Since then I missed a poetry reading, a local history meeting and a play. I have been sleeping a lot because I am super sensitive and allergic to medicines. Also missed out on visiting my friend in Massachusetts.

It makes me sleepy. I should not drive when I am that sleepy. They gave me the lowest available dosage and I called my pharmacist and she said I could cut it in half.

Yesterday I tried to finish some work and had to take a half of one and ended up sleeping for hours.

Thank goodness I have no fracture but these muscle spasms are dreadfully painful.

It is so good we have this site, so we can talk about our troubles. Thank you all.

Post Edited (Joan M) : 4/17/2014 9:40:45 AM (GMT-6)


1039smooth
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   Posted 4/17/2014 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
We have to have a driver at the medical facility at all times when getting an endoscopy. There is no driving home.

Rude people suck. After I wasn't feeling better post-Nissen, I got another opinion from another GI doctor. I informed the first doctor's office of this, and the nurse there made me feel bad for getting a second opinion. Unprofessional for sure.

Joan M
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   Posted 4/19/2014 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I did have a ride but the guy could not come upstairs. So I said well please get a tech or a nurse or somebody with a few minutes to take me down. They were all so hostile. For sure they would not last in any other business. Don't they realize that we are supporting them, paying their salaries?

Well I don't give a flying flip about Barrett's or anything else. I'm going to die anyway. Don't want to see any of them but you know if you have a health problem and certainly if you are older, you have to visit with them. Bunch of creeps...they are lucky to have a job but sure don't act that way.

1039smooth
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   Posted 4/19/2014 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
No, they tend to forget. I got a little upset yesterday when a script was supposed to have been called in. I left the office, went downstairs on the elevator, and then went back up. They told me it was entered electronically. I get to the pharmacy, and it wasn't even called in. I call back and they get a little attitude with me because of their mistake. They kept trying to put me through to the nurse's voicemail. Yeah, don't need to talk to the nurse. They don't listen and don't get it. I had just gotten off the phone with Verizon Wirless, and that often times makes me moody.

I'm 33, but I don't feel I have a lot of time myself. I'm just another face to them. You're just another face. Sometimes I like to think they care, but they really don't. They're knowledgeable (I use that term loosely), but probably haven't gone through any of this themselves. You can't truly sympathize or understand until you go through it.

Joan M
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   Posted 4/24/2014 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
yes they don't care and think because of the baby boomers they are set for life. now I guess it will get worse as more people enter the medical field on the "receiving end".

called my general pract doc to find another gastro person. Just can't take that place any more.

When the surgeon who did my replacement was such a jerk...I decided not to see anybody. Think I was on the right track then. if you try to be a "good patient" you are screwed.

Blame all on the patient but make sure the check is good.

Post Edited (Joan M) : 4/24/2014 1:38:07 PM (GMT-6)


1039smooth
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   Posted 4/24/2014 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Getting another opinion isn't a bad idea. Make sure to get your records to the new doc and that he/she reviews them.

Oh yeah, make that check good.

Joan M
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   Posted 4/24/2014 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
yes well I called my doc and the gastro place called me back. they said i did not have to go to the doctor and all this gobblegook mumbo jumbo. will see the doc on may 19th. i am so disgusted with the entire gastro madhouse. am taking a lot of gastro drugs and wanted to talk to the doc about cutting them down as i tried to explain to the gobblegook mumbo jumbo person who works there.

what happened is after a virus, I could not stop belching and then a scope showed very mild barrett's. the second scope showed no further barrett's problem. well, now i am also trying to lower my pain medication which is very irritating to my stomach.

am taking 80 mils of omeprazole and 300 of dimatine at night...so that's a lot.

So long for now...all this stress with the docs makes me tired.

Joan M
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   Posted 4/28/2014 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
went with the lower pain med for two days and my knee hurt so much I could hardly walk...called to get a gel shot, got voice mail, they have to order the gel stuff for the shot in my knee.

am very disgusted, felt like screaming today, my internet was turned off for no reason and nobody bothered to tell me why. waited for about two hours before the internet guy called me. the whole country is screwed up or I am too old to deal with stuff...pain, nasty manner, dumbness, etc.

Andy1986
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   Posted 4/29/2014 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I presume you're on NSAIDS? If you want to cut down have you tried natural anti inflammatories like ginger and aloe vera supplements?

Ive also heard relaxation exercises help with inflammatory diseases like fibromyalgia so its worth giving that a go too. I use autogenics and love it.
GERD, Anxiety, Depression, Rolling Hiatus Hernia, Esophageal Hypersensitivity

Brianala
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   Posted 4/29/2014 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's awful! My husband took me in for both of my endoscopies, and they encouraged him to come into the prep area with me while I got my IV set up, and they asked him to pull the car up to the curb and insisted on taking me out in a wheelchair straight to the car. I'm sure it's mainly for liability, but it's nice to feel like they are taking care of you.

I've had bad experiences with Army hospitals in the past. When I was a teenager I broke my collarbone, and the bones weren't set (the broken/exposed ends were overlapping and not connected) and I was only given a sling. It never healed correctly because the ends of the bone couldn't knit back together. I had to have it reset and get a proper figure-8 brace. Nowadays for the kind of break I had they would have done surgery to put a pin in it, but the Army hospital I went to just gave me a sling and sent me back out the door. I still have problems from that.
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