Hey BC, If there are several docs at this clinic, and many NP's like most linics are using now a days, at least mine, so I finally have a complaint about my treatment.I plan on letting them know that not seeing an actual doc except for when he preses the plunger to fill my pump is a problem. The use NP's for the DEA follow up apats every month, but we were told we would see the doc every 3rd month for a follow up evaluation. An actual apt to speak with the doc about any problem.
I have a problem with the Baclofen in my pump and the NP I saw knew nothing about pumps and said we can have that taken out today?? Exactaly how she thought they were going extract the Baclofin from the mix of dilaudid and sodium cloride must just be over my head? :roleyes: She realized how stupid it was after i explained how they work and then looked at some pamphlet that described side effects of Baclofin. She deals in oral meds, IT meds have a different side effect profiile and procedded to tell me that that this problem could not be atributed to the baclofen bsed on her little pamphlet. Arghhh!!!
I could have requested to speak to a doc, but I have a fefill next week and didn't have the time. So truesday I'm complaining about the lack of seeing a real doc. I would think the DEA would have a bigger problem with a doc never seeing a patient other than for a procedure for a year or how ever it will go on than they would with that fill n or after date they did away with. I think the docs need to cover their but and see the patient every now and then. It was explained they are so buisy all they can do is procedures now, but that's not satisfactory. I get a few minutes with my refill doc but I plan on tieing him up for a while and explaining everything that's messed up about this crap. Paying for doc visits when you don't see one. Seeing NP's that know nothing about pumps and want to argue, etc etc.
Anyway, if it's a clinic, One of the docs is the medical director. He needs to know this guy isn't competant. So rather than taking your complaint to a doc that will just defend himslef or blame some unknown and unforseen problem, Scar tiissue, tight joints, being a sissy
Let the director know this guy is a risk to their practice and seems to be unqualified to do interventional propcedures.
I think you will get better results, and probably a change in the doc you see if it's a multi doc practice. If there are other docs that could see you, and pocedures with this guy are your main complaint I would let them try to fix things if you don't have alot moe problems than that one procdure that went like hell. If they have a different doc, hopefully more qualified, I would give them a chance.
Everything else makes sense, be profecional, let them explain if they are, etc. I try not to burn bridges because you just never know if he will be the only option in town 5 years from now. But I would let the medical director know he needs to beef up his mal practce insurance or perhaps check this docs references. Have you checked to see if he has any complaints with any medical assciations he's afiliated with? There may be several different ones he belongs too. Good ammo if he does.
Hope things go well.
Take care, Dave