How to get the most out of a visit?
I went to the MC about 6 years ago for my back. Besides arthritis and several bad discs I have pain in my muscles and sometimes feel like I am being poked by my bones. I exercise daily, that and ice and Voltaren Jell are the only things that keep me for going mad from the pain.
I have been thru everything, short of surgery.
But I am writing for my husband, not myself. I had a very bad experience. Although my mri’s were 3 years old they didn’t take new ones. They did some blood tests and were very nice, but all they ended up doing was suggesting I go to physical therapy, (we are a 6 hour drive round trip from them and I had done the physical therapy locally with no relief) All they ended up telling me was it was a mystery why I was/am in so much pain, but my back was to far gone for surgery, although the surgeon chose not to see me personally. I was not seeking drugs, I have been thru the “pain management” w/drugs and it almost killed me. I was pretty much shuffled out after a few hours and we had set such high hopes on the Mayo Clinic being the answer…
My husband is having a number of issues, pain in his legs, he had lime disease when he lived up north and we don’t know if that is a factor. He has terrible trouble with his stomach, and has had is gallbladder removed some time ago. He has been tested for just about everything here, and no one seems to be able to find anything. He is depressed, and getting more and more withdrawn.
We want to give it another try but don’t know how to make sure we get the full value of a trip up there. Our primary doctor can’t seem to help and I don’t know where to start. We have BC/BS and I am wondering if the MC really doesn’t like dealing with it? How do we figure out who we will be seeing in advance. What info to have collected, anything anyone can think of that might help his visit work out better than mine.. we are getting desperate.
Michael is 63, as am I, a little over weight, but not bad. Better diet than most, we used to walk daily, but he doesn’t seem to have the energy for that anymore.