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Monday Mutterings

Posted by Sue on December 10, 2007 in Life, Rants |

Friday the official snow total was 4". Not enough to strand me, but enough to whine and snivel so Hubs would drive me to the doctor.

I haven't figured out my doctor. I seriously think he has PMS. Otherwise, I think he has a man-crush on my husband. When we first started going to him (he's a G.P.) I think he was just starting out. Young and eager, he really listened to you and tried to figure out what was going on. As he aged, I think he began burning out.

I switched to a woman in the same clinic for a time and she was horrid. Not only did she not listen, but I could do nothing right – including being a carnivore! *gasp* Now I know some of you are vegetarians and I applaud you, but I don't cram meat down your throat – please don't be trying to cram anything down my… well, you get the idea. Mutual respect, 'kay?

After Hubs went back to Doc 1 and I went with and saw how attentive he was with Hubs, I decided perhaps I'd mis-judged him and he was only having a bad spell. You know, maybe someone kicked his cat or peed in his Cheerios. I started back with Doc 1 as well, but once again he was a bit aloof when we discussed my shoulder pain (several months ago). He sent me for physical therapy and threw out the word "tendinitis" and rescheduled me for my next 3-month diabetes checkup.

Fast forward. Physical therapy did nothing but suck money out of my bank account and teach me how to a.) sleep without moving b.) sleep with a sling on my arm and c.) play with various stretching exercises that make me hurt worse than I did when I began!

Then came the busy season at work and simultaneously physical therapy came to a screeching halt and everything else got worse.

Now not only do I have shoulder pain in one arm when I move a certain way, but I have constant pain in my neck, shoulders, and down both arms and sharp pains whe I move either arm in specific ways.

Because of my work schedule, I regrettably had to miss my three-month appointment in November. Friday was the re-scheduled appointment. I asked Hubs to take me, not only because of the weather, but because I needed moral support. I wanted to stand up and get the doctors' attention and try to get him to not only listen to me, but at least make an attempt to fix me!

I think my plan worked. Not only did he hear me out, but he actually paid attention and when Hubs reminded him I'd had back surgery he looked at his records and saw that an MRI I'd had in 2001 showed some "irregularities". Huh. Nobody said that at the time! As a matter of fact, I distinctly remember them saying "nothing was wrong" then and I felt like it was "all in my head". *sigh*  At least at that time the guy from the pain clinic gave me a steroid shot that kept me going for a few years!

So, long story short (yeah, I know this has dragged – sorry) he sent me for an x-ray then will see if that indicates an orthopedic referral and/or MRI and we can figure out what's going on. Oh, and he gave me vicodin to help with the pain at night so I can sleep! I was thrilled about that until I tried it … and even at the maximum dose it does nothing. Seriously. It doesn't reduce the pain, it doesn't make me drowsy… all it is doing is making me sick to my stomach. Geez… can't I do anything right??

So. Tomorrow Hubs goes for his regular checkup and I'll be tagging along to see if Doc has any other suggestions or if he figured out what the next step should be. Keep your fingers crossed!

(I changed the template so we could all read it better. I know the print is still small, but it is better spaced and I think a bit easier to read…right?)

15 Comments

  • sizzle says:

    that’s awful! maybe that guy is just a misogynist? if he only listens when a guy is telling him something… hmmm.

    i hope they figure out how to fix you up. sounds like you need a different pain killer for starters.

  • Rick says:

    The Spousal Unit has the same experience with Vicodin. Only thing it’s good for is convincing her boss she’s sick. Love the template change!

  • Becky says:

    Are you on an HMO so that you have to get a referral? I always go straight to the specialist b/c in my experience, the GPs don’t know crap (even though my grandpa was one). My step-dad went to a regular doctor in the Army for years, and not a single one noticed the very large brown spot on his face that was growing each year that turned out to be cancer. Ugh!

    Anyway, I hope you can at least get whatever you need to go see an ortho specialist.

  • Briony says:

    Bloody doctors, I hope he can find out what’s going on now that you’ve given him the wake up call.

  • Teresa says:

    *sigh*

    Hope they can fix you up. Man it sounds like a disc and no Vicodin won’t help that.

    Hang in there and quite honestly, I’d insist on the referral even if the x-ray doesn’t show something. X-rays miss lots of things.

  • pat says:

    geez…vicodin knocked me into next week…..

  • cmk says:

    Never have had vicodin–now demerol, that’s some gooooood stuff! I always ask for a doggy bag and they always refuse. Oh, well. Hope you can get answers to what is going on!

  • Lisa says:

    Being in constant pain totally sucks. Sure hope they’re able to figure out the cause and give you some relief soon.

  • Al says:

    After waking up with very little feeling in my right thumb and forefinger, and shooting pains down my right arm, They told me I had arthritis in my neck. Hell, I knew that before I went in. At least they gave me Percocet and an anti-spasmodic. But it’s still a big pain in the neck

  • Carrie says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been suffering with this.

    My doctor had a few years there where he was burning out. Then he cut back on doubling up appointments and cut Fridays out entirely. In the last 2 years he’s been phenomenal again.

    I don’t know if this will help but in my experience, pain meds are tricky. What works for some people doesn’t work for everyone. Maybe you need Dilaudid or something like that, instead of the standard.

    I hope they get this sorted so you’re not suffering on and on again.

  • Andie says:

    I’m with Sizzle, it sounds like the guy is just an ass to women. When I busted up my knee, the first doc I saw was the same way. Only wanted to talk to Mr. AP, not me and it’s my knee! Grrr! I switched doctors and it was all good.

    I would find a new doc and I would demand a referral despite what the X-ray says.

  • katie says:

    Like the new template! 4 inches of snow? it’s 80 degrees today down in Hotlanta. The weather is crazy down here! I may never see snow again. Enjoy that vicodin, Sue. 🙂

  • Michael says:

    I can see again!!! Thank you Sue for the magnifying glass.

    I think my doctor is a clone of yours or vice versa.

    I get the same reaction you get from vicodin from celibrex.

    And the old thing? I’ll share an opinion a social worker gave me when dealing with my Mother. She said that she believed that doctors are so accustomed to old age being the predetermining factor in so many senior diagnosis, that they tend to automatically assume age to be the contributing factor in the case of most elderly patients.

    I say check the news, doc! If you do your job right then we are barely middle aged!

  • Lisa says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Got sent to PT for a back injury when pregnant… felt the same as you, that all it did is deplete my bank account. And only taken narcotics a couple of times, but same problem… didn’t touch the pain unless at a high enough dose that the side effects (nausea, dizziness) were worse than the pain. Blech.

  • gorillabuns says:

    after dealing with an orthopedic surgeon on my knee last month, i can TOTALLY understand you pain and frustration.

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