I'm with CTBeth on this. If someone was banging on my door at 3 am the first thing I'd do is call the police. I certainly wouldn't be opening my door. And if I showed them anything it would be the barrel of a gun.View Thread
As in every profession, there are good and bad people. Podiatrists are every bit as capable as orthopedic surgeons when it comes to feet. All they do is feet and ankles all day long. My podiatrist fixed something that an orthopedic did to my foot. He is one of the only surgeons around that is doing ankle replacements. The fact that one person had a bad experience with a podiatrists doesn't mean they are all bad. Same with orthopedic surgeons.
As for the original poster. If your husband has excruciating pain then something is wrong and he needs to see a doctor. An internet doctor can only guess what's wrong and that is not really going to help him. He can't treat your husband over the internet. So see a podiatrist or see an orthopedic doctor.View Thread
I agree with Annette on this. This is the new world with Obamacare leading the way. Individual doctors are having to struggle to stay open. Many of them are getting bought up by hospital systems. Once that happens, they become employees of that system and have to follow their rules. Doctors at Kaiser are no different. They all want to keep their jobs the same as everyone else.View Thread
I would have been worried when the first doc gave me an antibiotic and flu shot for the flu. How did he diagnose the flu? The flu is a virus and antibiotics are useless for a virus. Flu shots are used to prevent the flu, not treat it. You're not even supposed to get them when you're sick. Tamiflu is the usual treatment for the flu.
At any rate, it sounds like you need to see a pulmonary specialist at this point.View Thread
I don't know about other states, but in Georgia, doctors who treat chronic pain must have a certification in pain management or they must do so many hour of continuing education. Along with that there are many rules and regulation for prescribing controlled substances. For most family doctors this is too much of a burden so they refer patients to pain management. I imagine rules are similar in other states. You can do a search for your state's medical board and find the information. It may very well be that your doctor "can't" treat chronic pain.View Thread
Regardless of what the mandate says, the fact that a politician is telling doctors what they can and cannot prescribe should be disturbing to everyone. Regulations are driving some great doctors out of the profession already.View Thread
It's most certainly going to effect people that have real emergencies. Say you end up in the ER due to an auto accident or any kind of accident with a broken limb or worse. Are you really okay with telling those people they can't have painkillers? They're not just talking about chronic pain patients. Doctors should be the ones deciding who gets pain meds, not the mayor.
My niece ended up in the ER a couple weeks ago with a leg that was broken in two places. She was in agony. Thank God she wasn't in NYC!View Thread