I would like to say up front that I think my team of doctors is a pretty good team overall. They take good care of me each, in their own way or specialty. I am thankful to have them. However, I do believe that there are times I would like to fire the lot of them and start all over again. Why you ask? Let me explain…
I have been experiencing some of the most horrible pain of neuropathy I have ever had lately. Crying, throbbing, nasty mean pain. Ok, so I decided to do what I am supposed to do, I called my neurologist. I called his office where, I find, the earliest they can get me in is July 24th. Seriously! Despite me telling them the pain I am in and all. So, I take it. I asked them if they could give me something for the pain until the appointment. They suggested I call my family doc and see them to get something in the interim.
So, I call my family doctor. I ask to have an appointment and explain why I need to see her. They tell me they will call me back after talking to the doctor. I get a phone call back a while later and I am told that since I have a neurologist who treats my neuropathy, I should see him for the pain. Seriously? I just explained that he could not see me for almost a month!
I did ask at both practices what I should do about the pain. Both suggested I go to the ER and I could get some temporary relief there. Boggles my mind!
I am trying to go about this the right way and I basically got the run around. In the meantime, the pain is still there, making me hurt more each day. Let me tell you why I do not go to the ER though. You see, if I go, it always goes like this… I am seen, given a shot or something then sent home. I am treated like a whiner, a silly woman who is drug seeking for pain killers. I just wish once, these same people had drop of the pain I live in daily and could see just how painful it is. A little empathy would go a long way.
I guess what makes me really boiling mad is that when someone in TRUE pain presents to the medical establishment, they get no relief for fear of being accused of supplying medications to drug addicts. However, the true drug addicts can get whatever their heart desires at any time, legally or not legally. It is the honest folks who are paying the price.
Makes me think that I should find my neighborhood drug dealer for relief. Oh wait! If I do that, then I am a criminal and can go to jail. On the other hand, in jail I get free medical care and drugs. Wow! I understand why people with chronic and incurable pain get so angry! Is this wrong? Yes, because the really sick people are the ones who suffer because of the drug seekers who abuse the medications that we, the truly ill need.
Ok, getting off my soapbox now. Just had to vent. Thanks for bearing with me!