Thanks for the reply.
My genetic condition has no cure, so I kind of know what to expect from doctors - all we can really do is manage the symptoms of my condition. Unfortunately, that involves prescribing opiates for pain and joint dislocations on a daily basis.
I do appreciate that he was honest with me about their office only doing injections. I'd rather he tell me that than waste time on a treatment plan that won't help or would make things worse.
I do not appreciate that he insisted that nobody in this area would treat me the way I needed to be treated. He contradicted himself repeatedly. He'd give excuses for why doctors would not want to prescribe, and then tell me that my only option was life-long medication management. How am I supposed to feel about my situation when he flip-flops like that? If I need medication management for the rest of my life, be reassuring that things will work out.
He was also rather judgmental about my condition and how I'm handling it. He banned me from using a wheelchair, and insisted that my condition has a normal life expectancy (even though the literature says a lifespan of 35 is the average, and I've lost friends as young as 22).
The office itself was pretty terrible. Depressing, chairs as hard as bricks, a seizure-inducing blinking overhead light in the waiting area, and a LONG wait with signs everywhere saying that they know it'll be a long wait, and basically "too bad, so sad."
And the following exchange set me off in a bad way:
Nurse: "And we have a garbage can for you right here." (grabs my closed, bottled drink)
Me: "What? Why?"
Nurse: "It's our policy. No drinks beyond this point."
Me: "Do I really have to? I always keep a drink with me in case I get nauseated and have to take my anti-nausea medication."
Nurse: "Yup! It's our policy. You'll have to throw that away here. Come on, let's go!" (that last line he said to me as if I was a child)
I know it's not really a big deal, but I've never run into anything like that before. One more reason not to go there - I don't take kindly to policies that suggest suspicion of patients (I asked my mom why she thought they did that, and she speculated that maybe patients have tried to bring in clean urine that way - GROSS!).
As far as the other doctor is concerned, I don't see why he wouldn't want another patient. Although, I was referred to a different doctor before being seen at this place I just dealt with, and he denied me without even seeing me because my condition is rare. However, I've been told that this new doctor likes to take unusual cases, so that's working in my favor.
I'm trying to stay positive, but it's really hard not to lose hope.