I have been dealing with chronic health problems for 13 years now. Through it all I have seen so many different doctors I couldn’t even tell you all the names. I have seen Endocrinologists, Neurologists, Cardiologists, Psychologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, and Acupuncturists…just to name a few. Over the years, I have learned a lot about what treatments do or do not work for me, and which doctors are there for me. When a doctor and I aren’t clicking, I know it’s time to move on.
About 5 years ago I found the perfect doctor. I went in with everything typed out; medications, diagnoses, history, etc. I explained to her all that I had been through including being over-medicated for a time, that I had felt like a zombie and didn’t want to do that again. The only medications I wanted to take were “as needed” or absolutely necessary. We clicked right away. She was a wonderful doctor and until recently, I was very pleased with my care. It was probably the longest I had been with the same doctor, for whatever reason. Boy, was that nice!
Last year sometime, my doctor apparently was given more administrative duties, so she cut down on the patients she saw herself and passed most of them to her nurse practitioner. Unfortunately, this person handled herself differently…almost the opposite of my doctor. She was condescending, rude, and rushed me through my appointments. She looked at her computer more than she looked at me. She didn’t listen. I was frustrated, but finding a new doctor is a stressful experience I wasn’t ready to take on.
Flash forward to my most recent visit about three weeks ago. I made the appointment because I was having some terrible pelvic pain that I hadn’t experienced before, and it had lasted at that point a couple of weeks. I was extremely rushed through that appointment, and she said we couldn’t do anything until we know what’s going on (that’s true) and she ordered and ultrasound and sonogram. She said someone from radiology would call me to make an appointment. I won’t go into how many phone calls it took to get that appointment scheduled, but I went for the tests almost two weeks later. The pain had at this point been going on for well over a month. Thankfully, the woman who performed the tests was wonderful, and she told me they would call me with the results and also put them on their patient website.
I heard nothing all week, but on Friday, they did post the results. Apparently, everything was normal. That’s great! Now what? The doctor’s office had still not called, so I called them myself. The receptionist told me someone would call me back. Hadn’t heard back by Monday afternoon so I called again. Once again, I was told someone would call me back. I also sent request for a referral over their patient website. Today is Wednesday, and guess what? NO CALL and NO EMAIL RESPONSE. The pain is still there and is pretty bad today, and now it has been exactly 3 weeks and one day since I first went to my doctor with the pain, and about 6 weeks since the pain began. Does that seem wrong to anyone else?
I know that the tests are normal so that is a good thing, but does that fix the problem? No it does not. New pain shouldn’t be ignored like that, right? I have been dealing with pain for a long time, so they probably figure I can just take more of my pain medication and be done with it. I actually think I know exactly what it is and what needs to happen (more on that later), but I need my doctor’s referral for insurance purposes. All I’m asking is for a simple reply to that request. It’s so frustrating, but I know now for sure that I probably need to start looking for a new PCP (Primary Care Physician). Again.
I wish you all good health and thanks for reading.