Thanks again for the response. Glad we started this threat if nothing else than to be able to get it off our chests a little.
We don't have the four decades of records however the medical practice should have. We do have a copy of this latest blood test....which did show much better results than some in the past. However, he had not even reviewed it or past ones. Said during the interview that my wife needed blood work done. We answered she just had it based on his PA's instruction. He then looked up the one test and made his 60second dianosis.
The number one thing for a new doc to achieve is normally continuity of care...at the least. He actually said he didn't agree with the retiring doc and based on his ten minutes vs. four decades of care just dismissed the issue.
This is a sad time in the state of American medicine. Hearing horror stories like this from other seniors.
Pain med doc (also new and a colleague of Doc ten-minutes) is coming up tomorrow. Will post results of that.
We need patient advocates in this country now I suppose.
Again, thanks for listening and thank you for your comments.View Thread
It amazes me how the threat of lawsuits has scared the medical community into running from past procedures and even in some cases "firing patients"...for just wanting to continue what is currently working for them.
It is no question that prescription drug abuse is a major health issue in this country, but it also seems like the over reaching by law makers etc is just as big of one.
In any event...folks like my wife, and others in her RA support group, are left floundering in our "Golden Years."
We will not give up on finding pain care that actually cares however. Again thanks for your comments!View Thread
My wife has severe RA and has been taking pain meds for a few years. We snowbird, but now RA doctors in the state and their pain management cronies are afraid of new regulations and won't prescrib unless she is seen each month...impossible when we are out of the state for months! My wife is trying to cut back and transition off pain meds. What natural (homopathic) herbs etc can help?View Thread
Thank you for your response. It is good to hear from a member of the medical industry who understands. Unfortunately my wife's new RA doc does not. Thanks again for your input. We have a meeting set up with a pain management specialist to discuss options.View Thread
I have been researching herbal for a while now..SAMe, Cat's Claw, GIA, Boswellia Serrata for example...just aren't sure which might actually help a bit. Any advice or suggestions could be helpful.View Thread
Thank you for your reply. Yes, I have been on quest. I am so frustrated with the med community and the increasing fear of litagation. My wife has taken her med precisely as prescribed and now a new generation of doctor just dismisses 40 years of care by others. We are so fed up we want to go a different route for health care. Our best to all who suffer.View Thread