Tapati (tapati) wrote,
Tapati
tapati

I Wrote My Doctor A Letter

I don't understand the strange, legalistic system I got thrown into by asking member services a simple question about pain management, but as a result I got back some legal sounding response about IV meds and no mention of what I really talked about--needing much more time to become numb with local anesthetic.

I am terrified to come back if I ever need a cortisone injection for fear that I'll end up once again having that needle inserted when I'm not numb. All I want for myself and people like me is a system to give us more time to get numb, test us to see if we are, and then proceed. People like us are only 1-2% of the population so I understand things are not set up for us normally.

It takes 30 minutes in the dentist's office for me to become fully numb. I had given you all that info in advance. I don't know what more I need to do to communicate my needs. I'm happy to wait outside the treatment room while the anesthetic takes effect.

There are studies you can find.

--Tapati

(I got cut off by the limit with that last sentence in their message center.)
Tags: doctor, health, health care, pain, pain management
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