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  • musiclover
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    You should report her to her supervisor and find another counselor. She obviously doesn't understand anything about the pain of IC. A lot of people have to take pain meds. It's not that they prefer to, but when it's the only thing that works you have to do something. She sounds really insensitive.

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  • playethic
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    Psychiatrists opposed to opiate prescribing for non-cancer pain

    In the US, the psychiatrists association put out a new guideline (I think it was 2009 or 2010, I think I linked to it in an earlier post) - it basically advised psychiatrist members that they should be much more cautious about prescribing opiates for non-cancer pain, and essentially more reluctant. They believed that opiates were underprescribed for pain for a decade but then shifted to being much overprescribed. I found it helpful to realize that a psch. with these opinions might just be following the guidelines of their professional association. And that there are other guidelines in medicine that disagree with this opinion.

    As I see it, anyone in this position has two options -- find a different counsellor/psychiatrist who believes that pain is a disease or that patients should not have to endure pain, or print some evidence literature and take it to an appointment, asking the person if they will read it. There is strong evidence that shows chances of addiction are very low (when opiates are prescribed to a non-cancer pain patient) if there has been no previous history of any kind of addiction.

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  • Mothergoose
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    This did happen a few years ago, I did put her in her place and the hospital made her write me an apology and they sent me copies of the memo that went out requiring all workers to take the seminar they put on, and they followed up on their inserivce meeting times.

    What can you do there are stupid people in this world. But quite frankly it scared me, and for my son's safety. It just so happened to be at a time when he was having to move and stay in that town for his high school schooling.

    I had nightmares that this lady figured out who he was and stalked him, of course this never happened, but our info should never have been given out. Alls they needed to do was call and ask me if they could give her my info. I probably would have lent it to her, and gotten it back when my son needed it again. We since have lent it to a man in that town, but he was a friend of a friend and we got it back.

    I thought the nerve of her telling me she was going to donate it to the hospital, when she was done with it too through me.

    Anyways water under the bridge but I do feel bad treatment by any professional should be reported.

    MG

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  • amaranthe
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    I am appalled that this therapist gave out your personal information to someone else without your permisson! Besides the fact that he was still using it AND that YOU owned it! That other patient had no right to call you and be so pushy! You would have thought she would have asked nicely if you were finished and would mind if she used it, but to DEMAND that way and be so pushy! How rude! You should have put her place! If she calls again, I hope you do! You did the right thing letting the hospital know. I sure hope they take note and follow thru with what they told you they were going to do.
    Originally posted by Mothergoose View Post
    I am not sure about therapist per say. I find when you go to a new Dr. of any sort they get you to fill out questionnaires and sometimes you can tell by the questions asked on it what area is their expertise, or area they mostly treat, so where their knowledge base lies.

    I do think you need to report this treatment, the Dr. may just need a reminder from a superior about proper behavior.

    I reported a physical therapist, she was treating my son, I had bought a brace that cost over $2,000 for his elbow. We knew he had another surgery coming up on his elbow, and was going to need it again, so I was hanging on to it, besides for the fact it was custom fit.

    Anyway this therapist gave one of here pt's our name, phone number and address, we live in a neighboring town.

    This lady called out of the blue one day said we was on her way over to pick up the brace, she needed it, she had our contact info was just checking to see that we were going to be home when she arrived. I was really taken a back. I said no we own it, and I would need to talk it over with my son and husband before lending it too her, she was really pushy and insisted, and that when she was done with it she was going to donate it to the hospital the therapist was at.

    I would lend the shirt off my back to any one in need, but mama bear kicked in and refused and said I would let her know.

    After a day or two when I could breath again, I wrote a letter to the top person at the hospital, I cc it to the therapist. I did not want her to loose her job, just some action to be done as to privacy issues, etc. and the stress she cause my family.

    Anyway the hospital wrote me a very apologetic letter back and had told me that they had 3 seminars booked mandatory for all hospital employees to attend, to remind everyone about privacy issues.

    I know yours was a different type of violation, but if the Dr. is treating other pt's this way they will end up loosing their job over it and harm who knows how many other people along the way.


    Wishing ood luck in your quest to find a good Dr.

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  • Mothergoose
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    I am not sure about therapist per say. I find when you go to a new Dr. of any sort they get you to fill out questionnaires and sometimes you can tell by the questions asked on it what area is their expertise, or area they mostly treat, so where their knowledge base lies.

    I do think you need to report this treatment, the Dr. may just need a reminder from a superior about proper behavior.

    I reported a physical therapist, she was treating my son, I had bought a brace that cost over $2,000 for his elbow. We knew he had another surgery coming up on his elbow, and was going to need it again, so I was hanging on to it, besides for the fact it was custom fit.

    Anyway this therapist gave one of here pt's our name, phone number and address, we live in a neighboring town.

    This lady called out of the blue one day said we was on her way over to pick up the brace, she needed it, she had our contact info was just checking to see that we were going to be home when she arrived. I was really taken a back. I said no we own it, and I would need to talk it over with my son and husband before lending it too her, she was really pushy and insisted, and that when she was done with it she was going to donate it to the hospital the therapist was at.

    I would lend the shirt off my back to any one in need, but mama bear kicked in and refused and said I would let her know.

    After a day or two when I could breath again, I wrote a letter to the top person at the hospital, I cc it to the therapist. I did not want her to loose her job, just some action to be done as to privacy issues, etc. and the stress she cause my family.

    Anyway the hospital wrote me a very apologetic letter back and had told me that they had 3 seminars booked mandatory for all hospital employees to attend, to remind everyone about privacy issues.

    I know yours was a different type of violation, but if the Dr. is treating other pt's this way they will end up loosing their job over it and harm who knows how many other people along the way.


    Wishing ood luck in your quest to find a good Dr.

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  • magsmom1989
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    And we trust these people so much !

    I am truly sorry to hear how this Dr treated you. I suffer from depression , have for 30 years and have Fibro so I seem to always have pain somewhere. I know I put so much trust in my Therapist and Psychiatrist that being treated like you were would be so hurtful. You really need an explanation as to where she is coming from with all of this , but that seems to be easier said than done to talk back to these people. I agree that you should see another Dr and tell this new doc what happened with the old doc. Go into this being very upfront that , no you are not an addict but are in a lot of pain. Sometimes it seems we need to educate our doctors about IC. You may have had a Dr that just didn't believe that IC exists as a physical, painful thing. I feel many days that everyone around me thinks this stuff is all in my head because I always have an ache or pain somewhre. I am not a hypocondriac as I hate going to doctors. Hypocondriacs tend to run to the Dr constantly. And even if I was one, I would deserve decent respectful treatment.

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  • TerriT
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    Sorry this happened. I would be on the phone so fast, call the state medial board and file a complaint.

    I went though the same thing at work. I never hid the fact that I had to take pain meds, but the administrators heard about it and I was put on medical leave. I went to a pain management specialist and he put me on the Fentynal patch. I did what I could to prove to them that it didn't affect my work, I was only taking a half a pill at a time. Once my sick leave and vacation time was drained, over 2 months, they brought me back to work in records, I was a control room monitor at a jail. The quack and another doctor told them that the medication I was taking was stronger than what I should need, I am at the lowest dossage and still am 6 years later.

    They told me I was addicted and I could go to rehab and then I could come back to work
    They sent me to a quack that knew very little about IC and didn't even know what Elmiron was, he had to look it up in his PDR. I told them addicts don't take a half a pill once or twice a day, they take 10 or more a day, most much more.

    My condition became worse, I am sure the stress didn't help and I then was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I applied for other jobs, but soon realized that nobody would hire me when I had to spend a good part of a day going to and from the bathroom. My short term memory has also taken a hit and I couldn't pass any of the testing I was taking. I used to be a 9-1-1 dispatcher until I married and moved.

    It took a year before I would admit to myself that I could no longer work and I applied for Social Security Disabilty, It took me over 18 months to get it, even though I had my primary doctor, urologist, rheumatologist, pain specialist a psychiratrist and a psychologist telling them I couldn't work. I was turned down twice, then my husband lost his job. I contacted my congressman requesting a hardship request to get my adjuidication hearing immediatly, it can take up to 2 years. I was contacted b SS and had a hearing a month later. I walked in the door with my lawyer and before I sat down the judge told me that he was approving my case but had to ask me a few questions. What we expected to take 2 hours took 10 minutes.

    I filed my intial complaint myself, after being turned down, I hired a nation lawfirm that specializes in SSD, it was worth the $5300, they did everything which took some of my stress away.

    I know my spelling is getting bad, my Word Program is down, I usually type everything in Word, then c&p it after I spell check it and I use Firefox browser so the spell check here doesn't work.

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  • gatorgal
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    If you want to report a doctor regarding misconduct, the best thing to do is contact
    your state medical board (http://www.mdnationwide.org/choose_a_doctor.htm) by
    writing a detailed, nice, professional "Registered or Certified Letter" regarding your
    situation.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you...#ixzz1HhfqHk1b

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  • gatorgal
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    Can you please report her. Not only for yourself but for others who she might adversely affect. She is unethical and she violated HIPPA privacy act by announcing your issues in the waiting room.

    Emotional abuse by a professional should be taken as seriously as if they physically abused you.
    Last edited by gatorgal; 03-26-2011, 01:23 AM.

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  • waterflow
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    Could you not turn her in for talking about your problem in front of the people in the waiting room? Wonder what the people thought? Think I would turn something in about her but good for you!! I bet you would have regretted not going back and giving her a piece of your mind. Hey, maybe she is on new medication herself and it has her brain doing odd things?
    There is a website where you can rate the doctors. That might save someone else from going to her.

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  • floridamom
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    More update!!!

    First off, thank u for all your awesome support & messages. It has def. validated my feelings of anger towards her.
    Secondly...I went back to her a few days ago..yeah yeah, WHY did I go back??? Well I needed to get refills for my psych meds & Iam good now with them.
    She again freaked out on me even WoRse. Unbelievable. SHe told me that she wanted me to check into our local mental hospital to DEtOX or go to the ER & tell them I need to get detoxed cuz I am addicted. I was seriously thining this crazy lady was gonna Baker Act me or something (I was completely lucid & calm). I kept assuring her I was NOT anthing like an addict, that I took them due to the pain, I took 2 percosets a day MAX every 6 hours. Umm, no, wasnt good for her. I finally got the nerve, grabbed my scripts, told her to go to hell, that I was NEVEr coming back. I stormed out...she FOLLOWED me out telling me I was in denial & I was a addict IN FRONT OF THE WAITING ROOM. OMG. I could have seriously lost it on her instead I kept my cool...said, Thank you for your opinion but i now Know that you are completely crazy, much crazier than all us people who come to see you for help...get a life. I then said God Bless to the people in the waiting room & left:-)
    Now on the search for a new psych. Ihad to share with you all, cuz I know all your ladies gave me the courage to speak up. THANK YOU!!!!

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  • waterflow
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    Did you tell her off? I sure would have but I also found a long time ago it is best not to volunteer information to all doctors. It can back fire on you. Sometimes we think our doctor is like this super hero for us and then bame.........they let us down. Even if she was having a bad day she is a professional and is supposed to keep her "family" life or bad day life out of the office. Could you imagine if she had been operating on you?
    I would not go back at all. Find someone else if you can and how does she know you are a bad mother? Ever been to your home? Ever seen your kids? Did child welfare get called to your house???? I don't think so. You should have asked if she was a good mother or even a mother or told her you feel sorry for her kids. To have a mother like her. Mrs. High and Mighty.

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  • amaranthe
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    The problem with not paying the bill is that it will go to a collection agency and then they will report it to the credit bureu and it will affect your credit rating and will end up costing you even more money than the bill would have because you won't get the best interest rates for your next car or if you buy a house or refinance your home to get a better rate. You need to protect your credit score at all costs. Unfortunately we are all held hostages by our credit ratings.

    But, I would NOT go back to her ever again. She had no right to treat you that way. I would also call the office and ask to have the bill written off due to the way you were treated. Also, if she is in a group with other Drs, I would call after hours to call the Dr. on call so you can speak directly with another Dr. and then tell them what happened to you. They have a right to know that she is running patients off from their practice. (One of the Drs may in fact own the practice.)

    Then, I would absolutely go online and rate her at every, single one of those sites online. After I did that, I would write her a letter and tell her how she made you feel and how she broke your trust in her. Even IF she was just having an off day, it is still no excuse for her behavior. We all have off days, but I have never spoken to another human being in that manner, no matter how much I may have wanted to at certain times. There are some things that you just dont say no matter how mad you are or how much you want to say them. That's just hitting below the belt. (For example, if you are in a fight with someone who is overweight, you wouldnt use the opportunity of your fight to call that person fat.) That would also be hitting below the belt. Or you wouldnt use racial slurs at another person, no matter how angry you were. Everyone knows the things you just never, ever say and she said TWO of them...(when she said you were a poor excuse for a mother and when she called you an addict.)

    I am so angry myself and this didnt even happen to me, so I cannnot imagine how you must feel. But, I am sending hugs of support for you. We are here for you anytime. I hope you find someone much better than this. (I think ANYONE else would be better than this!) But, while you are writing the review for her, take the time to read the reviews of other Drs there that you are considering making an appointment to see. That way at least you will have a good idea about what other patients think about them.

    Good luck finding another Dr. I am so sorry this happened to you.

    Hugs,
    Amaranthe

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  • vanilla
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    I agree. These narcissistic meanies are terrible doctors, but please pay your bill or you might damage your credit history, which could seriously cause you more stress.

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  • judy45
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    I was in a similar situation, only it was ambien. I went to my Dr. to refill an RX and she pulls out this insurance chart (all paid for) of medications I had tried. As you know with IC, you have to keep trying because things flare your bladder. There was flexeril (bad flares) and Xanax (the yellow dye in the pill flared me) and ambien and lunesta (bad flares). She accused me of being a drug addict and having psychological problems and would not refill my ambien. She said that NONE of these meds should EVER be prescribed with ambien. When I pointed out to her that she had, infact prescribed all but the Lunesta. She became irrate. and I became furious! I walked out on her and refused to pay my bill. When I left I was in tears. Very few people know what it is like to live in constant pain and to be severly sleep deprived in the process. No Dr. has the right to do that to you. I suggest you never see that Dr. again, and don't pay the bill! good luck finding someone who can help and understand our special needs.

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