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21 November 2010 @ 03:06 am
The arm pain is back  
Obviously the cortisone injection's effect has worn off. It was aching a little last week but the past two days it's back to the stabbing feeling again. I've been babying my neck in every way possible and avoiding the vibrations of being in cars, under virtual house arrest.

I'm really not prepared to go through life having these injections and waiting anxiously for them to wear off. This isn't acceptable.

I have to talk to my doctor because I'm not going back to the specialist who didn't even want to give me the injection or the other doctor who failed to make sure I was numb even after I told him that it takes me longer than most people to get numb. Nor did he stop right away and realize that I wasn't. I mean, duh, I'm freaking out for a reason! So I don't know if that means I need to go to some other Kaiser facility (if I'm allowed) or what. If my primary doctor hassles me about asking for another doctor or facility that's going to be the last straw.

I seriously want to ask about surgery. There is a minimally invasive one that might help loosen the pressure in this area that they think might be causing this.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 21st, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Tapatitapati on November 22nd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mari. :)
Ms. F.goodbadgirl on November 21st, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Damnit. I hate this system so much honey. There's an ortho surgeon I worked with - well, several and a pain specialist - but this one guy in particular who is a decent human being and a good doctor. I wish I could just give you his name but you have Kaiser and he works for St. Luke's in the Mission. At least he did 4 years ago...he may have opened a private practice by now. I don't know. Regardless...the Kaiser monster is almost impossible to work around.

I am so sorry. I am putting off seeing the GI and Nero specialists I have been referred to because A) Specialist copays are more $$ and B) Specialists will order tests and scans I can't afford and C)If I do have the auto-immune disease as my doctor now believes AND Lyme and Babesiosis I am really just fucked. Anything I'd do to treat the auto-immune problem would feed the bacterial infections and send me over the edge...and vice versa. Stupid, stupid system and difficult decisions and I hate it all.

I love you. And I keep you near my heart every day and envision an end to this for you. I really do. It freaking sucks. And I'm sorry your doctors suck too. xoxoxo
Tapatitapati on November 22nd, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Ugh, yes, auto immune and serious infections do not go together at all well. :(

It also sucks that we must make medical decisions based on money sometimes (or all the time).

I had a good team in place just before I was forced to switch to Kaiser, so I'm especially unhappy about how I got treated at Kaiser. Other docs there have been fine, but for this one pressing problem I'm not sure what to do, wondering if I can go to another Kaiser facility entirely or wtf?

I love you too and I hate what you have to go through as well, and send you good thoughts/energy/love throughout each day.

Phatchickladybrigid on November 22nd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, hon, zen hugs and goodthoughts going out.