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Dr. Appointment Results

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I went to the doctor last Friday and it truly was a bad experience. I got there 10-15 minutes early like they told me to so I could check in. My appointment was at 2:15 so I arrived about 1:50PM. I took a seat and my appointment time came and went. I got called at 3:15 to go back and have my blood pressure and temperature taken. I had to sit in the room for 20 minutes because I had to wait for a room to open up. I finally got called to the room at 3:35 and had to wait even longer. The doctor came in at 4:00 and asked me 5 questions about my back. He had me bend down, he felt my back with his fingers, and then had me walk down the hallway in front of him. We sat back down and he said I have muscle strain which I call a load of bull because I've had that told to me before and here it is 3 years later. Anyways he said to stand as much as I can, sitting makes it worse, use a heating pad or hot shower, take tylenol, and he prescribed a muscle relaxer to help with back spasms. He said it should take two weeks to heal but if it doesn't to come back in. The appointment with him literally lasted 5 minutes tops. I was so upset and annoyed all I wanted to do was get out of there and go home. I picked up the medicine and here I am a week later in the same amount of pain. The back meds do not work and my back is still in spasms. The hot shower did nothing but to make it hurt even more. I can't believe I had to wait over an hour just to see a doctor for 5 minutes. Something seems terribly wrong with this picture. I guess those who are uninsured just have to deal with the long wait times and over booking at clinics.
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    I it. Heat agrivates. Also, I think they are missing it if they don't at least do an x-ray. It is very frustrating to not have insurance. I live in Africa, so have had to learn a lot so that I can treat myself, because the doctors can be downright dangerous here. I only see one that is good, and if he is out of town, it is Up to me to figure it out.

    Hope you feel better soon.
    2720 days ago
    I'm surprised the doctor suggested using a heating pad as my primary care doc and my orthopedic doc both said to use an ice pack, 15 mins on/15 mins off. Granted, heat feels far better than freezing cold, but it may help and it certainly won't hurt.
    I am one of the uninsured so I completely understand your frustrations! I don't know your story but I came across it and since I have had a spinal fusion, thought I'd just share a tiny bit of what the docs told me.
    The back is a tricky thing. I'll simply say, if you can, go to a different doc and don't let him or her walk out of the room without allowing you to explain what you are going through. You may not be insured but you are still a human and respect is still respect.
    I wish you the very best of luck both with your back and with finding a respectable doc.
    2720 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    so sorry, the medical community can be so frustrating and its so unfair when you don't have the kinds of choices other wealthier people have. I think calling the nurse and asking for different meds would be a good idea- I can't believe the dr would think that something you've had for 3 yrs would resolve that easily.

    I would ask for a second opinion if possible but I know your options may be limited.
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    2720 days ago
    Sorry to hear this. Feel better soon!

    2720 days ago
    That sounds awful - maybe it is time to change doctors if you have that option. Also second opinions are sometimes allowed. I am so sorry you are going through this - it is true that back pain is LITERALLY and FIGURATIVELY a PAIN. It is hard to treat and often the treatments that work for one person don't help the next one at all. I hope you find some relief.
    2720 days ago
    This sounds like a terrible experience for you. If possible, call the nurse, tell her the medication is not working, and ask if they can change the prescription. Also ask for a referral to another physician. Back pain is notoriously difficult to treat. emoticon
    2720 days ago
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