Think I Should Find Another Doctor?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Stella Johnson, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Stella Johnson

    Stella Johnson Active Member

    I posted a little about my hand injury a couple of weeks ago. I accidentally cut my left hand above the wrist with a steak knife on a Sunday. I went to the ER immediately.

    It had cut through the ulnar nerve and the tendons for the pinky, ring, and middle fingers.

    The ER doctor cleaned it up and called the hand surgeon. She told me he would probably come in to do the surgery that day because of the nerve damage. He didn't. He told her to have me come in to his office the next day.

    Monday I called his office to get in. The stupid little receptionist said she could get me in the following week. :mad: I told her I was supposed to get in that day. She took down my number and had someone call me back an hour later that told me to go ahead and come in. So I went that day.

    Then surgery was not scheduled until the following Thursday. So I was walking around in a cast with- major nerve damage for 5 days before he did surgery.

    After surgery the doctor told me the amage was so bad I might not get full use back in my hand. Wonder if that has anything to do with- waiting so long for surgery.:sad-very:

    My SO did research on the net and it is recomended that surgery is done asap because of possible permanent nerve damage. He wanted me to find another doctor but I was in so much pain that I just didn't bother. I should have but didn't.

    This is honestly the most pain I've ever been in. I feel like I have electricity flowing through my hand almost constantly. It shoots all the way into my shoulder. I'm in occupational therapy as well.

    Last week SO, difficult child, and I were supposed to go to Florida for a mini vacation over the long weekend. I called the pharmacy for a refill last wednesday. Called Thursday, still no refill. Friday, no refill. I called the dr's office and inquired about it. The little receptionist said, "Well it may not get done we are leaving at noon for the labor day weekend". I asked if she could please make sure that it got one before they left. It didn't. I called again and left a message for his assistant. No return call. I called again after noon and got the answering service. They said the doctor on call was another doctor in the office. He didn't call. About 4 I called and left another message. They kept paging him, he kept not calling. The answering service called me every hour to see if he returned my call. Finally at 10:30 they paged my doctor instead. He called and I could tell he was asleep. i tried to explain everything but he was very short with me. Said he would call it in and hung up. The refill lasted about 5 days.

    Tuesday night I was doing my hand exercises and something in my wrist popped. I was in as much pain as I was after surgery. I went to therapy Wednesday and told my therapist about it. She was afraid I had torn one of the tendons. She looked at it with- another therapist and decided I had ripped some of the scar tissue. She did some heat and ice packs with- a tense unit as well. It felt better for a few hours but then the pain came back.

    I went in for therapy again today and she was worried that I'm still in so much pain. She told me to call and leave a messgae for the doctor to have him call and talk to me. She was also concerned because I've had so many problems with- scar tissue and adhesions from my c-section with- difficult child. I've had about 6 surgeries to remove adhesions.

    I called today for a refill too The receptionist called me back and said for me to come in on Monday and he won't refill the medications. I asked if he could call in something else for the weekend. I even asked if he could see me tomorrow. He's in surgery all day tomorrow. :sad-very: I asked if she would please have him call me tonight. She said she put a note on his desk. Probably means he won't bother.

    I know it's not good to be on narcotics and sleep medications for a month but it's the only thing that works. I haven't slept all night long since this happened even with ambien and hydrocodone. Now he won't refill anything and I can't get in to see him until Monday.

    Should I try to find another doctor even though I already had surgery?
    I looked him up on the state's website. Turns out he's only been in practice for 2 years.:angry-very:

    Help? Suggestions?

  2. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    My opinion...............

    Find a new doctor.

    1. I don't like the sound of that PoP

    2. Surgery should've been done straight away

    3. You're still in an awful lot of pain, and if PT is worried, I doubt that it is normal.

    4. It never hurts to get a 2nd opinion.

    And by the way...........OUCH!!! Man, that's some sharp knife!!

  3. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    Yes, look for another doctor. This one is not addressing your medical needs.

    You can go to the ER and explain that you are in such pain and can not get into your doctor until Monday. They should be able to give you something to last until then.
  4. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Lisa already said my thoughts on it. Sorry you've had this happen- it is a shame that you are going through all this. They should have been able to call in a specialist from the ER.
  5. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Try for another hand surgeon Steph.
    I know that one surgeon is very leery taking over after another doctor operated on someone. If you have been given care that is not appropriate for your injury, you should find a different doctor anyhow.

    If you have no pain medications, can't tolerate the pain then go to the ER and tell them your problem and the "pop". Tell them you are concerned that there is something terribly wrong and your surgeon can't see you until next week. You can't live with the pain

    The waiting 5 days for surgery would concern me but I'd be lying if I said I had a lot of experience with hand injuries. The thinking always was that you reattach nerves and tendons as quickly as possible but that was years ago.

    If you go to the ER, don't ask for pain pills. It sends those red flags up. Tell them you are in pain and need help. You don't know what's wrong. Let them tell you what you should do.
  6. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Fran has excellent advice. WHat does your regualr doctor have to say about all of this? Is there another hand surgeon you can get in to see? Does the Occupational Therapist (OT) have the name of a GOOD hand doctor - one that won't ignore you and then give you the runaround?

    I am sorry you are hurting so badly.
  7. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    I'm voting with the others...find someone else.

    So sorry you're in so much pain. Sending hugs and prayers.
  8. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    My vote's in with the others. Find another doctor and get it sorted out.
    The longer you let it go, the more likely you are to end up with permanent damage.
  9. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I think I would find

    1.) A lawyer for malpractice that will set you up with another surgeon

    Sorry for all your pain......the first guy and his office staff should be ashamed of the way you were treated.

    IF you decide to stay with that office, call back and ask to speak to the OFFICE MANAGER. OR THE HEAD NURSE.

    Tell her what you told us and how crappy you were treated.

    My thoughts on getting a lawyer are not monitary - but rather to make someone ACCOUNTABLE for their passive attention to a serious problem.

    We think like normal people - they (dr.s) do not - so you have to think to yourself what would get his attention?
  10. Stella Johnson

    Stella Johnson Active Member

    Thanks for the advice. I went to my old doctor that I have seen for years since I was a teenager today.

    He is sending me to his Orthopedic hand surgeon. (he had carpal tunnel)
    He also gave me pain medications. I was in so much pain and so frustrated with the whole thing I started crying in his office.

    The doctor I was seeing is a hand specialist but he is a plastic surgeon.

    My doctor was not happy when he found out how long I waited for surgery. I wish I had been thinking clearly back then. I really screwed up waiting for this jerk to have time. He thinks I have adhesions in my hand.

    My doctor loves the guy he is sending me to. I have an appointment next Friday. Wish me luck!
  11. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I'm glad you're finally getting it looked at and getting some relief from the pain. That first doctor sounds like a quack! And his "little receptionist" should be smacked upside the head - repeatedly! I hope this new one can fix you up and that there was not too much damage done by waiting so long.

    If I were you, after you find out what this new doctor says, I think I'd be checking out some lawyers! Just remember ... in every medical school class, one of them graduated LAST in his class! I think you got him!
  12. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I hope that the doctor gave you plenty of pain medications. My dad had hand problems (and my mom has also) and the recovery from surgery was quite painful.

    I hope that the new hand doctor is able to help make your hand as good as new. I heartily agree that you need to call a lawyer about the first doctor.