Hello everyone..please excuse me for being slow at this...this is the very first forum that I've ever joined and I'm trying hard to navigate my way around.
In general I'm a guy in my 50's.
I've been a car crash years ago and underwent a spinal fusion...it wasn't successful.
Now to the present day.
I have a bit of a problem and to be honest I don't really know what choices I have or who to turn to for help.
I'll try to be brief.
I'm in pain every single day, besides my back which has suffered a lot of damage... I have high blood pressure, anxiety, weight problems, and sleep disorders.
Walking is a problem at times, climbing up and down stairs. Simple things in life that so many people take for granted are a great obstacle for me especially because I live alone and have to do everything myself.
I simply don't know where to go or who to ask about this issue.
I've been going to the same family doctor for roughly 7 years now, and not to sound critical or make it out that I'm slandering him...but he's old and forgetful.
However I do believe that there may be negligence on his part. Please correct me if I'm wrong in thinking that.
Often times during visits he records what was done with each patient using a mini cassette recorder - ex. the date and symptoms etc of each patient.
I have seen so many staff members leave there and new ones start over the years because he is so hard to get along with.
My problem is I'm very intimidated by him, he's very set in his ways and at times argumentative.
I can't contradict or question anything he says.
He has had me on so many meds over the years...for example: percocets 200 tablets a prescription, diazapam, 300 tablets per pres. sleeping pills 200 tabs per pre....plus other meds including high blood pressure, also he has prescribed different ones that made me ill.
All these meds started off at a low number of pills and through the years he has increased them significantly, I never asked him to...it was his decision to do so.
And now my system is used to the number that I take, and soon I will be without any. I am out of pain meds as of yesterday.
What this will do to my body I don't know.
After years of taking all these pills he's never once suggested I go for any tests to see if they have caused any damage to my body
My last visit which was a few weeks ago he suddenly dropped the dosage on all my meds except for the high blood pressure, suggesting that he wants me off all of them except for the blood pressure meds.
I don't have any pain meds now to get through, I know of no other doctor that will prescribe these, from what I've heard from people it's impossible.
I also have a serious weight problem that I've complained about for years to him....
It affects my health greatly.
He said at one point...don't eat, and then laughed.
He also said that I don't need my cane....excuse me? I do need my cane....as a matter of fact he signed the papers for my handicap permit, and now he's saying and doing all these things.
I'm not sure what options I have, if any, and I was hoping you may be able to help me, or if not perhaps direct me to someone who could.
I have at times went for a week...sometimes two weeks without taking pain meds....because it wasn't severe, and I could deal with it.
Today is a terribly bad day for pain and I have run out of the few meds he did prescribe.
I'm in a panick because this pain is horrible, my meds were the only thing that helped and now I will no longer be able to get them.