My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Illinois (and potentially New York)
I'm at a loss and need either validation of my anger or a swift dose of reality. I'll try and bumper sticker this and if anyone needs more information I will gladly post more.
in 2001/02 my wife began having terrible pain in her back. We proceeded through a long line of Doctors from our GP, to Podiatrist's, to Rheumatologist's, to Neurologist's and seemingly everything in between. Each diagnosis was different, from restless leg syndrome, to potentially MS, to fibromyalgia and she was put on a laundry lists of medications. She is now in her early 50's.
In 2003 she was referred to a pain management specialist and had an MRI done. At the time she was diagnosed as having degenerative changes at T11-2, L5, S1, small herniation at L4-5, and central herniation at L5-S1. It was at this time that she was put on Oxycontin (originally 40mg / 2x day) and Norco as needed, after having been tried on Duragesic patches, Vicodin, Neurontin, etc. It was during this time that she also tried chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture care. This was all done in New York and involved two (2) separate pain management doctors. One in 2003 and one who took over and continued her cared between 2003-2005. At the time she was put on the Oxy it was done knowing that she would have to stay on it and that she could not simply quit taking them.
In 2005 we relocated from New York to Illinois and initially we continued to go back to New York for treatment. Ultimately we began looking for someone to continue her pain management care in Illinois as the trips were too rough on her. We located a GP (ironically he had the same issues and had opted for back surgery and was a functional cripple after three failed surgeries) who took over her pain medication prescriptions. Ultimately, she began looking for another pain management doctor because the GP could no longer continue his practice. She located a new doctor who took over her care in 2005. At this point her dosage was at 40mg / 4x day and norco as needed. This same regime continued from 2005 through 2010 when she indicated that she was not happy with the medication and the way it made her feel. She also did not want to increase the dosage. She tried to switch to Suboxene but this left her in severe pain and she went back to the Oxy. She continued on the Oxy till 2012 when she again told the Dr. that she wanted to get off the Oxy and she was put on Morphine. However, the Dr. put her on a significantly reduced dosage which left her feeling crippled. If you are taking 40mg of Oxy, the comparable dosage of Morphine would be 80mg and she was under 40mg.
During the time period of 2005 - Present we repeatedly asked for a new MRI to be done, but it was never ordered. In addition to the back pain my wife also suffers from Barrett’s Esophagus, Pitting Edema, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In 2011 she had a torn meniscus and needed surgery. Recently she was diagnosed with arthritis in the same knee and is on the 2nd of three shots to inject chicken comb into her knee. She cannot take NSAIDS, because of the Barrett’s but because she has no pain relief she does. To this date we still have no answer as to the cause of the pitting edema, just that she is on water pills.
Now, after the last visit to the Dr. and telling him that the morphine is not doing anything to relieve her pain, he sends her to get another MRI...........Finally !!
The results are in: C3-4 mild degeneration, C4-5 mild degeneration with central disc bulge, C5-6 more pronounced degenerative change, C6-7 minimal. L4-5 early degenerative disease, L5-S1 more pronounced degeneration with slight narrowing of disc space.
His answer, everything is fine. You need to go to rehab to get off the pain meds that your addicted to.............
This latest MRI never even mentions the T11-2 degeneration. I guess that must have healed itself............
Seriously, I asked him this question at her appointment today "if everything is normal, then why was she put on the meds in the first place?" His answer..."I don't know, I didn't put her on them."
While it is true she was treated in NY by two Dr's for two years in 2003-2005 who prescribed the original meds, this current Dr. has treated her with these same meds for over seven years (2005-2012) and now he does not know why........ WTF ?
I'm Livid !!!!!!
I literally am sitting here with a stack of medical paperwork over 3" thick and no one knows why she was put on these meds. Incidently, in the beginning he was dismissive of the Fibromyalgia, but then that all changed and over the last few years all he brought up was the Fibromyalgia. So I guess it is all in her head.
So here I sit and wonder, after thousands of dollars in prescriptions, monthly Dr. visits, and my wife apparently hooked on a narcotic medication she should have never been prescribed, screwed up lives because of this crap, and now he wants to ship her off to rehab to get off the drugs he now says she shouldn't be on................ I don't know whether to cry or rip someone’s head off.
Help !!!!! Is this something that we should pursue legally, or are we just wasting more time ? I feel like they have just fed us BS over the last few years. We tried over and over to get someone to look into things more. We repeatedly asked for a new MRI, she pursued alternative medications and raised these with her Dr. and now they are dumping the problem they created on us.