I paid $60 for this?

According to the doctor I saw this morning, even if you have tested positive for CRPS, you have to have either red shiny skin or lesions.  Also he actually breached patient confidentiality by telling me the 3 patients that referred me to him, one of which did test positive for CRPS, do not have it.

So I won’t be going back to him.  His diagnosis “You’re fat and old” if you’d go to the gym everyday and lose 104 pounds your hip would unswell.

So, at 5’3″ I should weigh 80 pounds, that would cure my pain and swelling.

CRPS also doesn’t spread, it can’t affect organs, and opiates don’t help the pain.  (Who would like to check WebMD and prove him wrong?  Or the Mayo Clinic Website?  I have printouts from both that say exactly the opposite.

He decided if it wasn’t just a case of being fat and old, it was a case of not enough vitamins and minerals… except we check that every year and every year everything comes back a little high.  Despite being overweight, I eat healthy and have no vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

I didn’t know being fat and old caused random swelling that doesn’t respond to NSAIDs or steroids.  A total waste of $60 and 3 hours of my life.

When I tried to explain the Lyrica helped some with my pain and with my digestive system he said “ok, stay on it.”  Well… ok… I had already planned on that.

I am amazed that Lyrica helps with “I’m fat and old pain”.

However, since I’m in pain simply because I’m fat and old, I didn’t get anything for it.  He told me to get a gym membership.

11 thoughts on “I paid $60 for this?

  1. This infuriates me. I know what my body feels like despite being fat and old. When there’s an issue, I can feel it. And at 5’3″, are you expected to look anorexic?? I’m so angry at this asshole who claims to be a doctor.

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  2. Wow. What an ignorant ass. Ugh. I’m so sorry you had to go through that. It’s hard enough having CRPS, but unsympathetic or asshole doctors only makes it worse. Opiates don’t help me at all (except for a superdose shot of dilaudid, which barely barely helps), but that’s just me. Some CRPS patients do get some relief with opiates. And he clearly is a fool . . . anyone that knows anything about CRPS know it can spread full body and even to internal organs. I’ve never had digestive issues until having CRPS, and they’re absolutely horrible. I hope you can get the Lyrica back since it helps you some.

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    1. My primary never took me off it. The injections have failed to help me where opiates have not failed to at least reduce my pain enough for me to function.

      And yes, my primary said “great, another idiot” when I called him.

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  3. BTW, being “fat and old” has nothing to do with inflammation not going away with steroids or NSAIDs. That’s part of CRPS. If it makes you feel better, I’m only 26. I’m 5’8 and 150 pounds, and the inflammation in my knee hasn’t went away no matter how many NSAIDs I’ve taken, no matter the steroids, no matter how much I elevate. I’m just pissed at this doctor. He needs to be reported.

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  4. “Fat and old” are very cruel terms to apply to you, Hadena. On the other hand, age and obesity factor in all of our lives. How horrible that your doctor spoke to you in those terms. That is inexcusable. You didn’t mention, however, if they were absolutely untrue. At your age and height, with disabilities, there must be a comfortable weight. I agree, totally, that your doctor spoke to you in a totally offensive manner. But, was the doctor at all correct in his assessment?

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    1. I am overweight for my height. And at 37 I don’t consider myself particularly old.

      Having said that I also have PCOS which is an endocrine disorder and I have found that unless I actually go on a starvation diet with no fluid intake, I can’t lose weight. I did get done to 145 once when I was 22. I went to the gym 6 days a week and had to eat less than 600 calories a day to do it though. I stopped when my blood work started coming back that I was as vitamin deficient as a meth addict. And I ended up in the hospital as a result. When I got out, I went back to my nutritionist and we devised a diet that was 1200 calories a day. I continued going to the gym 6 days a week and the pounds started to come back. I was eventually told to make my peace with it because I was going to have to die in order to get to my recommended BMI and weight.

      It’s hard to fight your own body. It’s even harder to fight a chronic pain disease though when you are vitamin and mineral deficient.

      So no, Not untrue, but even if I was able to get back to exercising 6 days a week for at least 2 hours a day, without starving myself, evidence says it wouldn’t help my weight.


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