It took me so long to see a doctor. At first, it was out of fear then it was because of the system. When I finally saw the doctor I was a nervous wreck, but relieved to finally have someone that would listen to me, diagnose me, and treat me for the years of chronic pain I have been suffering through. I went to many appointments and took every test under the moon. I finally received a rough diagnosis and a treatment plan that would shape and change, but we had a plan and it was so uplifting and such a huge weight off my shoulders.
It wasn’t that I felt like I was getting better. What I have is not treatable. It was just that it was working. The treatment was working. I was taking my medication and feeling better. I was able to live my life somewhat normally again. Finally, things are where they need to be, I thought. I have a structure for my life and for my health.
Things did not stay that way though. At first, it was my rescue medication that was not working. I was hit with one of the worst migraines I have ever had, and I have had ones that have knocked me down, and I took this rescue medication…these hard drugs, but to no prevail of relief. It was like I didn’t take anything. It took so much out of me emotionally that they stopped working. It got worse after that because my main daily medication stopped working for the pain.
I’m seeing a new physician this week. I have to re-explain everything to them, which in itself is a nightmare. Starting from the beginning with a new doctor is so tremendously stressful. I have no idea if I will like them if they will listen and understand if I will get the treatment I need. I have better insurance now, so I am hoping that we can work out a better system with my medication and perhaps see a chiropractor or something.
- I worry about having expectations and wishes because I do not want to be let down, but ultimately it’s my health and I need to fight for it. I am the one in pain daily and need relief. So I thought I would share how I plan on tackling this whole issue if it becomes an issue.
- I have printed out all of my medical chart information and test results to bring in to the doctor’s appointment. They also had a place for me to upload it on their portal, so I did that as well. I will inform them of the medication that I am taking that I feel is working and the ones that I feel are not.
- I will stress the fact that I am in pain daily and that I work a desk job full-time and that my pain not only limits my ability to socialize, do physical activities, run errands, but also be comfortable sitting in a chair for 8 hours.
- If I don’t feel that this person is listening, being proactive about my treatment, refuses to prescribe or treat, or I just do not jive with – I will just search for another physician. This is added stress and work, but it will be worth it to find the right doctor for myself.
- I will continue to keep track of my pain, limitations, and concerns to share with my doctors and nurses.
Wish me luck with my appointment. I will let you all know how it goes. If you have any tips on how you handle switching to a new doctor or communicating with your doctor, please let me know in the comments 🙂