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Dear Amanda,

Years ago (around 1994) when I was having recurring truly diagnosed migraine headaches, I was sent to...you guessed it...a "headache clinic". At the time, I was a school teacher and it was summer. So, I was fortunate enough to not have a time constraint hanging over me. It was a good thing, too, because I was in that so-called clinic for nearly 3 hours--just as you were.

When I went in, there was NO ONE else in the waiting room. I, too, had filled out all of my paper work, faxed it to their office, and called to verify that they received it (which they had). I was called back about 30 minutes after my appointment time. Unless his terribly heavy load of patients (sarcasm in italics) was having a session in the bathroom, I was the only visible person who didn't work there. Then...it took another 30 minutes for the doctor to enter my room.

After less than 5 minutes of examination, I was told he could Rx me Stadol Nasal Spray--which was what my Internist was already giving me.

Fortunately, my Mom was with me and was completely observant while she sat in the waiting room. She noticed that the doctor offered a limited spectrum of medications and an array of "massages", according to a large poster. I really don't mean to sound snotty when I tell you the following: This office was located in an "uppity" area. The few people that came in for their appointments while I was in the examination room were all spouses of high-paid professionals. These people divulged this information while they waited for their massages. Again, my Mom got the impression that this doctor practiced very little--other than charging excessive amounts for his "services" to those that could afford him. He did not accept any insurance--just cash or checks. However, he was kind enough to issue a receipt along with a list of so-called services that he provided.

DOG GONE IT...I went there looking for answers that went beyond Rx'ing the same meds my Internist could give me. And, there was no way I could regularly drive 2 counties over for a "massage"--especially since I would be teaching full-time, starting evening division Law School, and continuing with my Church musician's position that obligated me on Wednesday nights.

Oh, yes. I forgot to mention that I was not able to use Imitrex, Amerge, Zomig, or anything that had ergot in it. Furthermore, I had been on practically every prophylactic medicine imaginable.

Finally, I absolutely understand your frustration, and I hope you know that you can vent to us at any time!

I hope you find some relief so that you can progress upward in your job! It sound like you've done everything you can do within reason. That headache doctor sounds like an absolute moron. Does he belong to the American Moron Association, the AMA?

We all wish you well!

Sincerely,
Jon (Conductor)