I’m trying to accomplish things on my list. Number one on my list was to find a doctor. I wanted someone that could start me on some sort of pain management and help me live my life at least a little normally.
Well, the doctor that I had found is probably going to be a no go. I called his office on Friday to see if he treated RSD patients. I wanted to be sure because I really wasn’t sure how old the video I seen was or if he specialized with my condition. I really had my hopes up.
Well, when I called I asked if the doctor treated RSD patients. The receptionist fired back with “We don’t just prescribe pain pills“….
Um…I didn’t ask about pain pills, so I rephrased and told her that I had seen a video of the doctor talking about RSD and was interested in making an appointment with him. She replied “If you want pain pills you have to take physical therapy with us, we don’t just prescribe pain pills.”
Again I was screaming WHAT?? in my head. Did I mention pain pills? Nope, sure didn’t. So I tell her I am not calling about pain pills…I am calling about being treated! I informed little miss rudeness that I am not currently on pain medication and that I am just looking to be treated by a doctor that knows about my condition!
I was so upset after the phone call. She treated me like I was a pill seeking junkie. If that is how that office is run, then I don’t think that is the place for someone with a chronic pain condition to go. Either that, or his staff needs some training on how to talk to people. I can only imagine how I would be treated if I was to roll up in there with all my tattoos.
Grrrrr…..so now what? Well, in September I have an appointment with the doctor that took over the Rheumatologists office. I am going to go see her and see if we can set up some sort of plan of action. Atleast there the staff already knows me and they know how long I have been dealing with the pain without taking pain meds. I do need pain meds though. Just to help me through those especially rough days.
They are trying to work me in, but so far no luck on getting in sooner. It’s been pretty bad. I do believe that the RSD has spread to my back. Walking has been very difficult and it is totally painful and on fire. My arms are starting to have a mottled look to the skin. If you feel so inclined I would appreciate your prayers.
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Dr. Wolski is allll about pushing PT. Sei would still be in PT if it was up to them. The reason Sei went there is bc he was on workers comp and we knew every little thing would be checked out bc that’s how that office rolls. It’s about $$ for them so if workers comp is involved they are allll over it. In Sei’s situation it was great bc they checked for a torn aorta, full body scans, and got him into PT for his arm right away. Workers comp hates Dr. W. But if you’re paying for it out of pocket I am not sure you will get the same treatment. I really hope you are able to find someone to help you manage your pain. Maybe PT would help, but a lot of it you can do at home and they won’t be down with that.
If you saw a video about the first DR, and you feel he would be a good choice, I would really call back- see if you get the same nitwiit that acted like yu just wanted pain meds- if you do, ask to speak to her supervisor or the DR and inform them how the receptionist was acting. Some people do NOT belong in any kind of position that they deal with the public and she may have been one of them. It might not be the DR’s office isn’t aware of the attitude.
I was misdiagnosed for alot of years and finally got a good DR (I dont have RSD but something else) it’s important you find someone you trust and feel good about. I wish you all the luck, and do hope you feel better!
Meds suck, but, sometimes it is worth it.
Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity says
I would call back and report that twit to her supervisor. The doctor himself can get into big trouble for the way she acted.
I’m hoping that when you finally get in to the new Rheumatologist, you will be able to get SSDI and then Medi-Care will take care of the doctor bills for you.
You always have my prayers. No matter what.