I visited yet another doctor yesterday in my quest to find out what's wrong with my back/hip. This time an orthopedic surgeon. There was a sign above the receptionist's desk that read: Be Nice or Leave.
I had to laugh though I was hardly in the mood. Three years have passed since I've noticed what appears to be a swelling on my hip. When pain developed I went to the doctor. Oh, probably bursitis. X-ray. Arthritis in my lower back was probably causing the pain. Physical therapy. Nothing.
That round of medicare ran out. Then an auto accident. Acupuncture. Nothing. Back to physical therapy. Nothing. That insurance ran its course.
Back to the Doctor. Another x-ray. Same thing. Arthritis. Dope up on Aleve. Didn't touch the pain. Back to the Doctor. Muscle spasms. What about the hip? Muscle spasms. Stronger pain meds and muscle relaxants. Nothing. Back to the doctor. An MRI. Same result. Back to physical therapy.
We looked at each other. "I don't think there's anything you can do for me. The pain in my hip hasn't been dented after all of this."
"Hmmm. You've been talking about that hip all along."
Report goes to the Doctor recommending I see an orthopedist and maybe get a steroid injection. Or at least see what the lump is all about. I call the doctors office. Did you get the report? Let me check. Yes. Has anyone read it? No. I'll have the nurse call you.
Nurse calls. Have you read it? No. It's in your file though. Will you please read it and show it to the doctor? I'll call you back.
Yesterday. Orthopedic surgeon. It's probably a lipoma pressing on the bursa. Let's do an MRI. This time on the HIP! Hello?
Today. MRI. The second one in a month. Next week follow up for results and treatment options. Probably surgery to remove the lipoma and bursa. Sigh.
By the way, all that physical therapy may have aggravated the problem.
You wonder why insurance rates are so high and medicare is nearly broke? Hub, who isn't into dealing with what he deems my hypochrondia, assured me I'm not going to die.
Probably not, though I wonder how many do in the "process"!
But I'll be nice. Or leave.