Re: Chris-Ginny

From: Christine M. Smith (
Thu Oct 14 07:50:22 1999

At Wed, 13 Oct 1999, Ginny King wrote: >
>Hi Chris,
>I have not talked to my gi yet. I am on a doctor fast this week. I
>just don't have the energy to talk to any of them right now. Thanks
>Hi Ginny:

I know the feeling. I'm not very happy with doctors right now. Every morning I wake up in pain (despite a new mattress)and think, what lousy medical care I have! I mean, where have I gotten? Assuming they are correct and my pain is due to inflammation of the right sacroiliac joint referring pain to the pelvis, what is being done about it? Nothing, in my opinion. I am basically left to manage it on my own. Why? Probably because my pcp isn't convinced its my problem, despite what several specialists have told him. He seems to be finally agreeing with them, but when he examines me, says "well, that's the mildest case of sacroilitis (because I have no pain when he twists my leg) I have ever seen. You should see some people." How does he think that make me feel? The last time I was there I told him that if this is my diagnosis I don't understand why no one is doing anything to document this inflammation (i.e. bone scan) or trying to find out why I have it. (i.e. crohn's) He says that he doesn't want me to go away thinking they've let me down. Well, sorry, they have. He also says that I shouldn't take the celebrex "all the time" because "they" (I assume he means insurance company) would balk at the expense. It doesn't matter that it works so well? It appears to me that not only is he unwilling to properly diagnose this problem he is not interested in treating it either. The only option I have is to change pcps. Ugh.

Chris S.

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