3.01.2005

doctors

i finally went to go see the doctor for my back and neck.

why is it that when they say, "the doctor will be right with you," it means like 45 minutes? WTF? come on!!!! why is their time so much more important than anyone else's???? assholes.

anyway, basically, he didn't believe me. kept on telling me how he finds it hard to believe that it's work-related.

and besides only giving me ibuprofen for the pain, he kept on questioning how i could've hurt my back because there was just NO way it could be from computer work. OBVIOUSLY the man has never had to sit in front of a computer for long periods of time.

basically, it can only be a work-related injury if you're doing heavy lifting, or if you have carpal tunnel. i told him that my wrists used to hurt a lot and my hands were going numb, but they changed my workstation around and it helped it. but my back and neck are still fucked up!

anyway, so when he said that he didn't think my pain was work-related, i asked him what he thought it might be...

"well, you look like you're in good shape... do you play sports?"

WTF??? i almost choked and told him, "no, i don't play sports."

jeezus... that's the problem with looking young. they think you're too young to have any pains. i'm not kidding. several years ago, i was having problems with heartburn. it was constant and it was painful. i asked my doctor if she thought it might be stress-related and she chuckled, "stress? you're far too young to have stress!"

WTF is wrong with these people? i'm sorry, but the world is a different place than it was when you were my age, old timer.

*sigh* so i've been prescribed to 6 sessions of physical therapy. i already know it's not going to help. but i have to go. the conditions of this stupid worker's comp thing. jeezus.

wow. 6 whole sessions? FOR ME????

20 Comments:

Blogger Kis Lee said...

wooo, it only took 10 minutes to post a comment...

don't even get me started on unsympathetic doctors. if you're under 65, they don't give a crap.

maybe you need a hot tub.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

I'm glad you finally went to the doctor.

They should get you a new chair at work. I'm sure it would help even if just a bit.

Did they at least prescribe a higher dosage of Ibuprofen?

2:29 PM  
Blogger American Blogger said...

8 mins 43 seconds here..

umm, yeah doctors are pointless. 99% of the time they just give you antibiotics whether you need them or not. the rest of the time they either blame your problem on stress or allergies.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Edward said...

jesus...this slow ass loading comment shit is getting annoying as fuck!

Anyway, hot tubs are hot! I suggest soaking it up in the tub for awhile, it helps with the pain. Although, if it's the neck that's the problem you'll run the risk of drowning. Okay...scratch the hot tub thing.

3:12 PM  
Blogger grace said...

le: really? damn. it popped up for me right away. i guess my blog only loves me :P maybe i should do the hot tub again! woohoo!

v: i have one of those supposedly ergonomic chairs. i hate it. no. they didn't prescribe a higher dosage, but i took more than they said, anyway. fuck them. :P

ab: i WISH they'd blame it on stress. then they'd put me on work leave! damn it!

ed: you crack me the fuck up! you're right about the dying thing. although, i'm not scared of death. i'm scared of the actual dying. eep. scary!

4:08 PM  
Blogger nobody said...

Wow! Am I blind or whaaaaat? I just now noticed that your blog title and stuff has changed. And bigtime
"oooooops!" and edit, undo for all the times I calle dyou "gracie". so sorry! love the new title 'n stuff though!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Agent_LAH said...

When the Doc asked you if you played sports you should have asked him if hardcore sex counts.

One time I had been waiting so fucking long, I left my exam room and walked around until I found the Dr. He was eating a pop tart and reading. I made him follow me to the room, wash his pop tart hands, and told him to get me some drugs quick. It worked.

8:05 PM  
Blogger J. said...

Sounds like you need a different doctor. Doctors are kind of like a pair of underwear to me. You try out the different kinds, find the kind you like and then stick to em. Err, not that way, you perv.

Seriously, I "fired" my GP because her office staff told me they couldn't fax me a copy of my report. I called the lab who had done the report and I had it in my hands in 5 minutes.

I've been through several GYNs. When you're trying to get to the bottom of a medical problem, you have to have a doctor who is willing to listen to you and work with you. Anything less is not acceptable.

If the doctor don't fit, give em the shit.

8:27 PM  
Blogger little one said...

I had mad office maladies by 21 y/o. But my physical therapist was REALLY good. (not like that)

Switch doctors.

Does your work contract out to ergonomic guys for that sort of thing? When I was in physical therapy, they sent some guy to watch me work for a day and point out all the ways I was hurting myself and ordered a bunch of stuff and talked to my manager about stuff we could do/avoid to keep things from getting worse.

I also ended up having to take a demotion to transfer to a much slower location. That made things almost completely better.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

I haven't been to the Doctor for years, because they're fucking useless.

The Doc I used to go to, I had to bring along 5 things I thought might be wrong with me (which one of us is the Doc??), and he would pick one.

Then he would just perscribe me Penicillin, I would tell him I was allergic to it, he would look at me blankly and say "Oh! Well - I can't do anything for you then. By the way, $50..."

11:53 PM  
Blogger Cece said...

Grace! Grace!
Try massage therapy. It probably IS stress. I never realized how tense I get when I'm freaking out about something and I am ALWAYS freaking out about something.
Plus, sitting at a computer all day isn't good for your body. Thats why we're supposed to be getting up and stretching alot.
My shoulder gets tensed up and that tension moves down my back and up my neck just from moving the damn mouse around all the time. Massage therapy is worth a try. Be consistent though.

6:27 AM  
Blogger David said...

Ian: I totally feel your pain. My dad went to the hospital because his foot hurt. About 5 doctors came to see his foot, said 'huh' and left. At the end of the day his foot wasn't swollen anymore and he was charged about $1000 for sitting in a chair showing his foot to the doctors. They didn't do shit!

Western medicine sucks! Or at least the doctors do, good thing we can sue their asses off because they don't do shit they just take your money for wearing a white gown.

Grace: Do what CeCe suggested. You will know if that's what you need as soon as the first session. And it's way cheaper too!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Oooh! That's a great point. Massage therapy sounds great for you. I'm sure you can get those a-holes at work to pay for it. Then you can go every month or so for follow-up sessions to ensure you're not all knotted up.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

One: Switch doctors. The doctor my company sent me to when I hurt my back told me, "You're fine, but I think you need 25 sessions of physical therapy." They are there to protect the company, not make sure you're feeling well.

Two: Ask for an MRI. If you have a serious problem with your neck and back it should show up there. When you have proof on film they can't ignore you.

Three: Don't disclose too much information. They act like they are your friends now, but later it may come back to bite you in the ass. I was asked early on in my back injury if I exercised regularly. I replied, "Yes. I alternate days of cardio with resistance training." When I appeared before the Industrail Commision of Arizona the first question from the company was, "You're a weightlifter, aren't you?" So be careful. Only tell them that you hurt yourself at work. When they disagree, stick to your guns.

Four: I hope you feel better. You could always do the massage, the hot tub, and then ask Steve for a cocktail.:)

9:31 AM  
Blogger nobody said...

100% of bloggers agree. Your doctor sucks ass.

I once had to wait 45 minutes in a waiting room and then an hour in the exam room for my dermatologist. I was so bored in the friggin' exam room by that point - and I noticed a little frigerator in there. I opened it. There were bagged lunches and other food items! I found one that had my doc's name on it. And ate it. and then I had to leave because I had to be somewhere else. I told the front desk that I had to go and they aplogized b/c I waited so long and the doc never saw me. They didn't charge me. Free lunch! Thanks Doc! (and I felt MUCH better afterwards)

9:54 AM  
Blogger Envoy-ette said...

Love your new title! Yeah...time in front of a computer will bring the hurt in the neck! Hope you find something to help you out..since he's no help!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Envoy-ette said...

Love your new title! Yeah...time in front of a computer will bring the hurt in the neck! Hope you find something to help you out..since he's no help!

10:21 AM  
Blogger peachy said...

All doctors suck. They make you go in ten times before they give you results, yet make you pay your copay every time. I go to the girl doctor once a year and that's it. I don't really get sick though, either.

I like the massage therapy idea. You can have some hunk named Hans rubbing you down twice a week. hee hee. Good luck with it all.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Amber_sun said...

You need a new doctor. If he can't be attentive to what you say is going on, then it's time to tell him "Later! I'll take my moo-lah elsewhere." There's a few (and I do mean a few) good docs out there.

12:18 PM  
Blogger giest said...

Your doctor is a moron. Actually, scratch that...a majority of doctors are morons. They get so beeseched with people complaining of nothing that they automatically think that there is nothing wrong with you.

My advice...hit the chiropractor. These people know what desk jobs can do to your back. Find a good chiropractor and stick to it. It will do wonders.

4:24 PM  

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