I am awake since 2:00 AM. The trip to the DR knocked me out of all energy. My entire body is in pain from the subway steps, the walking, the bus ride, the walking agin, all to get to NYU to see the doctor.
Of couse he looks at you and says "you look good".
I'm not that bad looking so people pften judge my medical progress by the nice way I look!
I told the Dr about my pain. He looked at my feet..actually, he glanced at my feet and ankles from a few feet away. Then he asked a few questions but nothing else. I initiated all the questions I could get in like "should I seek pain management because even though my feet looked OK that moment I still suffer greatly everyday. As I sat on my butt area my foot began to swell (within 5 minutes). So I told him I still feel a compression when I sit that starts the pain cycle in my foot and then starts my calf to hurt so badly that I moan and rub it. He said "good idea". I told him I called the PM DR I had seen 3 yrs ago for epidural injections in my spine and made an appointment for Monday. He asked who I referred to and when I told him he said "Oh, that's my friend. Tell him I sent you". Then I asked for my recent MRI films so I could bring them to the Neurologist that recommended him so he could take a look and his reply was, "OK, take these, but I don't think he can read them" !
I said the only appointment I could get was July 6th and did he want to see me afterwards? "Yes" he replied. Then I asked if he would send me for physical therapy Yes to that also. Then he stops my questions and says I should just keep taking the Neurontin (1800mg a day) and the Vicodin and give it time, the pain will go away. I made my appointment with him for next month, then left. I had to lie down in the hospital lobby for 15 minutes before I could attempt the trip home. (I have been in the house since February!)
Then I took the walk, bus, train, walk to get home. two hours! I cried while I took baby steps, aching all the way. I am severely hurting from this trip. But, he thought I "look good"!
The Pain Management Doctor I will see Monday was really great when I went to him several years ago. I do expect he will help me further on my quest for relief and prognosis.
I have to take the script for physical therapy to the ortho center near my hous to see if I can schedule the sessions 3 time a week. I can imagine how I will feel after those!
PS I don't know if you saw my post that my company fired me yesterday, so now I have money issues to cover a cobra payment 7/1 for 400.00. Hope I can ar else all these doctors won't be seeing me.
I'm sorry for this lengthy story. But it helps to have someone listening! I am totally alone. "Looking Good, 50, and alone".