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Old 12-08-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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Hello I'm new here

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.


Thank you

 
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:57 PM   #2
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Re: Hello I'm new here

Welcome Johnsmith...

Sorry to hear you are in pain...I don't know enough about your history, but I would suggest changing Dr's and seeing a spine specialist....Do some research in your area, I'm sure there are many terrific Dr's that can help you.

Also please don't take this the wrong way, but it sounds like you need to re-adjust your meds and get on a healthy diet and try and lose some weight..I know it's difficult when you are depressed by all of this...but it's important

Can you ride a stationery bike? Circulation is so important..Please try a new Dr and perhaps a nutrionist if you are unable to diet...

The internet willl help you find some good ones in your area.

Good luck..

 
Old 12-08-2008, 10:01 PM   #3
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If there's any way you can change doctors - I think it may be a good idea. Even better - seek out opinions from people as to who they really like. My primary care physician is REALLY good. His staff is not the greatest, but the physician is really concerned with all aspects of my health. I can't just come in and say "my foot hurts"....he will fully question me as to when it started, what aggravates it, what I've tried, etc. He's a great diagnostician and for that I'll keep driving the extra miles to get there.

I've had lots of orthopedic problems and I'm always seeking out the best expert for each joint :-)
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:29 PM   #4
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Re: Hello I'm new here

I'm trying to find a new doc.
Here in canada....where I live anyway no one is taking on new patients...it's a real problem.

thanks for your help though, I really do appreciate it

 
Old 12-08-2008, 10:36 PM   #5
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Re: Hello I'm new here

Hi laf761

thank you.

It's almost impossible to get a new doc here....things are that bad.

About a spine specialist, well to shed a little more light on the subject I've been to so many dr.s over the years for help and they all say ( because of tests, and xrays, etc ) that there's so much damage done to my spine that nothing can be done.
I'm trying so hard to lose weight..I really am watching what I eat, smaller portions, but because of the problems I just can't be as active as I want to be to lose it.
I'll keep on searching though.

Thank you so very much for your thoughts and advice.

 
Old 12-10-2008, 08:12 AM   #6
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Hi John, welcome,iam so sorry to hear of your predicament,that is alot of meds,and honestly i dont see how he can cut you off without weaning you,your body is use to them now so naturally you needed more and more.but a drs job is to do no harm ,and if he just cuts you off you will be physically ill,i would tell him since he prescribed those meds to begin with and since he taped all sessions you have proof also you have pharmact records,i would not let him get away with it,as far as your weight goes certain pills do make you hungry i have put on 30 pounds since taling lyrica and vicoden,i really am sorry but you have to speak up to him you have had a fusion and from the few friends that i know who have had this procedure,they are still taking pain meds if not more than what they took before that surgery,please let us know how you make out,i know you must be scared to death,sincerely marywoo

 
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