My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: PA
Patient was fit, No medical history of pain or other serious conditions.
What started out as severe pain in leg where the patient could not walk anymore, spreads into other leg, spasms in body, lead up to severe back pain & disabled
Patient goes to ER for severe leg pain, after lying down there pain subsides, of course lying down no activity. Xrays done nothing found follow up with MD
Excruciating pain both legs ER , xray again, follow up with MD rx for a drug called Gabapentin which only helps a little, patient cannot grocery shop or do normal daily activities
MD rx's 1 low dose Vicodin 5/500 mg, more tests, more ER visits, ER sometimes rx-d pain med which patient did not fill, patient wanted answers
This went on for 8 months, patient felt the doctors thought they were drug seeking. Only allowed 2nd pain pill 6 months later low dose Vicodin
Neuro spasms start to spread throughout body as if spiders are crawling inside. Patient now disabled due to pain, rx-ed non narcotic dilantin
Patient sent to pain clinic 1 yr later, living in pain all this time.
Seen all the specialists including Cleveland Clinic, every possible test done, excluding PET scan or MRI with contrast, condition is getting worse.
Neuro cannot understand what is wrong, vascular don't know, they just shake their heads.
Insurance playing games and denying an MRI for months, patient now develops severe back pain, patient goes to phys therapy per insurance, insurance sends letter to outside appeal people, rewording what patient wrote to them, patient can see its worded as if they were seeking drugs. Patient appeals 3rd time, denied, patient contacts medicare, miraculously MRI granted.
The back pain could have been avoided if insurance would have granted the MRI the 1st time. Recent dx is displacement of lumbar invert disc by xray. Drs. have called it some arthritis, some? excruciating pain that would knock you down? as if it were no big deal after losing 2 yrs of normal life.
All this time patient wanted to be able to walk, a dx, not drug seeking, left in pain for 2 yrs and only recent given a pain patch. Now scheduled for epidural x 3.
Patient doesn't expect that anything legal can be done, seems the Drs. Insurers have the upper hand, a patient does not have thousands of dollars to pursue this.
Is this the normal of how a patient is to be treated? as if everyone is lying about pain, to go through more and more tests to seek drugs? Spending thousands of dollars for that? Patient feels that is how the Drs. looked at it or they missed something on all of the tests and xrays. Years of normal life gone, waiting for one OV after another, months between tests, patient feels like nobody gave a damn, a person in pain would want the epidural, constantly taking pain meds is not the answer.
This is beyond belief that Drs. would just let a patient go like this, pain pills help but to keep walking or putting pressure on something already there made matters worse. What a horrid mess our medical system.
Now will need to sign the consent for the epidural hopefully to take pain away or after that surgery.
Thanks for reading