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19 October 2005 @ 04:51 pm
Wasted Day  
So, went to see my doc today. I'm a stubborn cuss, and I don't go until I absolutely have to, but various things finally piled up enough to make me go. Back/knee pain, numbness and cramping in the hands, and my mental state. A whopping 15 minutes worth of seeing him, and all I got out of this was that the knee/back pain is just due to being overweight, so lose some...the hands are probably some muscle injury, so that'll just have to heal...and my mental state, well, he'll have me try something, and come back in a month to see what's going on with it.

Apparently, this cursory whammy was worth my two hours on the bus and the pain of walking around to and from. Thanks a fuckin' load, doc. Oh, and as a side note, the first thing he thought of for my mental thing was something with a side effect of weight gain; gee, maybe not a good idea, ya think?

I go back in a month to follow up, and if I don't get taken seriously any more than this, I'm changing doctors. This is bullshit. I'm not arguing with the notion that I need to drop some pounds, that's quite true...but I don't think that accounts for the increase lately in my pain, nor does it help me get around. As for my hands, the injuries were at the end of January, I'd like to think they've healed what they're gonna heal. As for the drugs...well, fuck. You know, I don't WANT to be on meds, but if they help, I guess it's worth a shot.

Frankly, this whole debacle has got me in a bad mood, now. I talked to Dianna about it, and finally decided to go ahead and give the meds a try for the month, and when I go back for the follow-up, she's going with me, and we're going to push again on the joint pain. If we still don't feel like he's taking it all seriously or something, then I'm changing doctors.
Current Music: Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
I'm just a girl, lucky mejennaflower on October 19th, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
Doctors can be migty frustrating.

As far as meds go, they have gotten me out of the hole twice now, and I still take them. I'd rather not, but I realize that I probably always will, so I can function like a somewhat normal human being.

You can always try them. usually it takes about a month to see any effect.

good luck!
wesa on October 20th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
The meds might help you remove yourself a step from some of the problems so that you can then attack them from another angle. It's worth a shot, and you can always say "fuck it" after a few weeks if you don't notice any difference or if it gets worse. No harm no fowl, eh?
egonix on October 20th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Not sure what your health plan is like, but I see a massage therapist every now and then because I can get really sore muscles when I exercise. I only pay $5 for a half hour and $25 for a full hour. Worth every penny if you ask me.

Hope things work out for ya.
(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
change doctors if his tune does not change; one month is enough to be walking around in pain. Make sure they do a blood work up on you also and ask them to look for everything. At your age you should also ask for a MRI to make sure there are no injuries that have not been accounted for and your artieries are ok. If nothing else this will give you a blueprint for anything that might happen in the future. Take care and best of wishes to you to you all.
Baracus Naturalmadeofmeat on October 20th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Weight gain of many pounds over a short time can do funny things, as your connective tissues may not have had time to catch up with the added duties. But when the doc rolled the emotional issues in, well, that sounds like he was just eager to either dismiss you or prove to himself the size of his diagnostic-prowess penis.

In any case, good luck with whatever road to wellville you decide to take.
My Life As A Military Wife & Mother: Mebabyinga on October 20th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
That is so not right. I am currently in Physical Therapy for knee pain. I did not get the your overweight speech. I got the this is not right let's fix it speech. I am sitting here now with my knees taped because I had my first PT appointment today and we are hoping that the taping combined with what they have me doing will correct the problem. I'm still in pain but I can feel a difference after one day. I can share with you what they have me doing if you want. And take a picture of the taping so you can see that as well. As for the mental give the pills a try you never know. I had an appointment today that did not go too well either. Basically I am fat, depressed, and I need to stop smoking and drinking caffeine. All this because I broke out in a RASH! I have already made another appointment with another doctor. *grumble*
Wolfyewolfye on October 20th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
Doctors and drugs. Make sure that what he has you taking you can stop if you don't like what it does to you. I went the pill route last year for a while for my BP and it fucked around with my mind a lot - I got nasty, vague & forgetful. In the end I forgot to take them for three days - oops - wasn't supposed to do that - but I'm not dead yet so hey it aint all bad.

I hate that doctors only spend 15 minutes with you no matter what's up. Here it's because a consult of less than 15 minutes gets the doctor a certian amount of money and they can do pretty well if they turn over patients at that rate.

And I hear ya about not wanting to go. By the time I'm bad enough again to merit going to see a doctor I reckon I'll be in an ambulance anyway.
syrinakintarisyrinakintari on October 20th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Did you mention to the doctor about your past mental diagnosis? If not that might be part of why he didn't take it seriously otherwise he is an ass. For that matter it's been long enough that you might want to insist on a more thorough analysis with someone whose job it is to actually assess someones mental state. (Mainly b/c you didn't let them try to medicate you in the past so I'm guessing no one actually assessed what medicines would be best to try.)

Just take care of yourself and be careful what they give you. Make sure you have Di paying attention to how it makes you seem and then listen to what she says. Sometimes the person taking the pill can't tell its messing them up but ther other person can.

Frankly it sounds like your doctor just might be an ass.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on October 20th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Normally, I haven't had any problem with him, and Dianna has ben seeing him for years, so I'm a little surprised at hsi reaction. I did mention my past, but, like I said, it didn't feel like he took me seriously. I am actually considering going to a more specialized person for that end of things. We'll see how the next month goes.
Rowennalapis_lunamoth on October 20th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
You change your fucking doctor now.

*breaks something*
celticcross13celticcross13 on October 20th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
man, that sucks! I'd say it's time to see someone else. He isn't taking you seriosly and that's just wrong. As for the meds, research what he gave you and go with your heart.
Treasachtreasach on October 20th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
I went to a doc once for an Upper Respritory thing, and he insisted on totally bitching me out about my weight: "You're not going to live to see 30, you're not going to live to see these kids grow up..."

I left there completely miserable, and was so down on myself for the next 2 weeks over the whole thing; I gained 5 pounds.

Fuck him.

The next time I see a doctor that complains about my weight, I think I'll have to jump up, look myself over and exclaim: "Holy Shit! When did that happen?!"

Just to see the reaction...