Note: Mods I am not saying illegal drugs are good or bad, I am not selling or asking for them, I am merely using it as a comparison!
I find it difficult to fathom the fact that I can go out and EASILY get any "street" drug I wanted. Granted I would potentially be buying something
marketed as something else. No guarantees on street drugs. I could get arrested. Many things could go wrong. But why is it so easy to do that
(ignoring the downside) compared to getting a doctor to help figure out a diagnosis.
I have no insurance so am cash pay and really can not afford to spend money on a specialist for them to tell me I went to the wrong doctor. After
researching prices it appears that a mri is the same price range as neurologist. I am a 32 y/o female. For a year and a half I have been on gabapentin
and norco per my previous doctor (PA-C) for ongoing pain. I have had pain in my lower back across the entire back, between my shoulder blades and my
neck. I am getting severe headaches at my temples and across my forehead. The headaches come with nausea, extreme sensitivity to sound and sometimes I
have mild sensitivity to light. I have an area the size of a baseball on my tailbone that is constantly sore and bruised feeling as if I fall directly
on it multiple times a day. I am also getting pins and needles on my feet / legs and along the outside and backs of my hands. (Both sides.)
If I had a gaping wound I think it would be better as I have proof but this is something no one can feel or see and those around me just cant
understand how uncomfortable I am all the time. I just look lazy when I have a hard time walking or doing something as simple as grocery shopping
because of the pain.
My husband is willing to ask for an advance and the PA-C has ordered an MRI but I know sometimes that may not show anything. Since specialist and MRI
are the same price I want to get the most bang for the buck if that makes sense. The hip thing is a deep constant ache discomfort -> cold headache
type pain in my outer thigh starting from my hips and extending halfway to my knee. Sitting or walking makes it worse. I end up just figiting(sp?) all
day. The gabapentin DOES help take the edge off the hips / thigh area. The norco is amazing for my entire back, tailbone area and neck but because my
previous doc was just a PA-C he is uncomfortable continuing to give me norco without having a known diagnosis. Every symptom is progressively getting
worse. The headaches are every day now. I have been run through all OTC arthritis meds, Soma, Relafen, Topamax, Celebrex, Flexeril, 800mg Ibuprofen,
Amitriptyline, and Prednisone with no relief. I have been given tramadol which nearly put me in the hospital with the most severe headache I have ever
had. My PA-C suggested a local free clinic which really left a bad taste in my mouth.
The intern "doctor" at free clinic told me that he has a herniated disk and that he "hangs upside down, uses lidoderm patches and takes tramadol and
it is all better". After my bad reaction to tramadol I took him the bottle of meds and asked if he would try something else and got a "nope". That was
it. "Nope." Well, aren't you helpful? They sure did keep the bottle of Tramadol I paid for though.
So did some research on insurance. Of course I would not be covered for pre-existing conditions for 12 months after I get the insurance. So @300 a
month for 12 months for nothing. Then have to meet deductible before I can get them to help pay for any medical work. Umm... yeah not worth it. And
just think... ObamaCare will have us ALL paying out the @300 a month for some air pretty soon! How exciting!!!
So I have to decide...
...try to go to a specialist who may or may not attempt to figure out what is wrong or care... yet (s)he will still charge me full price I bet! And
the specialist may need me to get the MRI's or other imaging which I would not be able to afford because I just paid the doctor bill... (Also, if this
specialist does not care enough to figure out what is wrong and understands that some of us have to SAVE to do even simple blood work... I will have
to look for another one. Just great! Looks like I am doctor shopping and I REALLY won't get any help.)
...get the MRI and hope like hell it shows something so I get a little validation and still need to go to a specialist to get it "fixed" or at least
some relief.... which again I would have spent my money on the first and now can't afford the latter...
...IDK bullets are cheap. Maybe we can say that the headache made me blow my own head off to escape the pain. (Would certainly fit in with the
conspiracy de-population agenda nicely!)
My mom: "Well how do all these other people get help with their medical?!?! They have disability and medicaid and you can't get even a little help?
You are below the poverty line also." Me: "I don't know mom... I just don't know."
edit on 25-3-2013 by pslr2301 because: Disclaimer... for mods.