I am beyond angry and frustrated. I've dealt with some level of constant pain for more than a decade. When I break down and go to a doctor it is because the pain is exceptional, and I'm having trouble dealing with it.
The doctor gives me X-rays and says that I look fine. I'm not fine, I know I've got a disc pressing on a nerve in my back. I know, because I can feel the lightning shooting down my leg. I know, because I can't sleep or deal with a full work week of having to sit.
She says that my range of motion is fine and that I don't seem to be suffering from any weakness or other debilitating symptoms. Yes, I've learned how to keep limber in spite of all this BS my body puts me through. I've learned if I stop working out, I get even worse.
So, I get a recommendation to take ibuprofen, which I already take, and a scrip for physical therapy. Basically, I need to pay other people to show and tell me what I already do and know.
I don't need her for that. I *need* relief. I don't care if my doctor proscribes me a narcotic or just waves a magic wand, I need sleep and I need to work while I heal. I'm sure I can find multiple forms of relief on the down low. But, if I go through the system, I get nothing and I get poorer.