The end of the road. Leg cramps and foot pain at night is at an all-time high. So I write the good ol’ doctor to give him update status, he writes back and asks
- Have I increased medication 123?
Keep in mind – he and I had increased it two weeks prior and the side effects were devastating so we cancelled the med completely.
- Have I contacted the neurologist?
Again – the neurologist had sent in his report and when I first contacted him on med effects status he told me to only contact my main physician. So why would I contact anyone different? But, my good ol’ doctor forwarded my information to the neurologist anyway. And they prescribed two more medications, one being an antidepressant and one being a strong muscle relaxer with heavy side effects, including apnea issues.
Now, my doctor, I would have thought, would have reviewed my records and seen
- Marc reacts badly to antidepressants – they increase depression – so keep him off of them
- Marc has severe sleep apnea – any medications that can increase apnea are not to be used
But does he say anything? Sure – “take the meds as prescribed by the neurologist”.
Add to the mix – Kaiser has started the ability to “FaceTime” visits and not come into the office. My good ol’ doctor recommends it – he’s not a “touchy-feely type” and would rather not touch patients. (yes, from his mouth to my ears. why is this man in the medical field????)
So I fired him. After having him remove the two new medications from my records. The last thing I need is to end up in an emergency room somewhere and them giving me meds that I shouldn’t be taking.
Long story longer – I am now searching through Kaiser’s oh-so-robust physician list to find someone in my area that I might want to try to trust.
GAH – I hate physicians!