My question involves malpractice in the state of: Indiana
I was taken off Valium cold turkey (C/T) by a psychiatrist on the behavioral health floor of our local hospital that I had only see the one time on the 2nd of April. At the time, I thought I was doing the right thing by taking my medications with me so I didn't have to regurgitate them by memory in my capacity. I was gathered up and taken to see the resident psychiatrist. I no sooner got into his office and seated that he began to berate me about my "addiction". Honestly had no idea what he was talking about. He accused me of having larger than allotted amounts of Valium in my system. I told him that wasn't possible. He said I was accusing him of being a liar. He then went on to say that I was "doctor shopping" with 2 different doses of Valium prescribed by two separate doctors. I began to try to explain to him that the psychiatrist prescribing the 10s and 2mgs retired. I had run out of the 2s before finding a psychiatrist that I felt was a good match, so my GP prescribed me the 2s in the mean time. He cut me off and would not even listen. He then told me that I was "50% responsible" for the "malpractice" that was going on. Once again I tried to explain myself only to be cut off. He said it all stopped that day. He was confiscating my medications and doing away with the Valium, Savella, Abilify and Flexerial. He left me on Cymbalta and Neurontin. I was released the following day without any guidance as to who to turn to for help or knowledge as to what to expect in this whole process. I knew nothing of withdrawal or what I was in store for.
On the 21st of April, I began to experience weakness in my right side. By the afternoon I thought I would try and lay down for a nap hoping that would remedy some of the weak feeling I was having. I laid down and no sooner had I got comfortable a sharp, burning, stabbing pain shot through my right eye. It was pain like I had never felt before. As if I was being stabbed by a hot poker in the eye. I sat up and that relieved some of the pain but, only now, I had tunnel vision out of that eye. So, I went downstairs into the living room and sat on the couch. At this time, I was still feeling weak, but could still move. After sitting for what seemed like hours, my boys came home. By this time, I could not move the right side at all. I feared I was having a stroke. Ambulance ride to the ER. Everything in the ER happened so fast. My blood pressure was 200/122. They gave me IV medication to slowly bring it down. Then they gave me TPA via IV and transported me by ambulance to another hospital where I was in the ICU for 2 days and on the stroke floor for observation a day for good measure. Results: Was not a stroke but rather a rapid onset of a cluster headache. Something I had not had before. Am now on Topamax. Was this episode a direct correlation to being taken off the Valium cold turkey or just a fluke? I have yet to find a medical professional willing to answer that question.
I was released on the 24th of April and was scheduled to see my Neurologist on the 26th. I have been a patient of hers for over 6 years now. She comes into the exam room. We exchange the normal nice nice. She goes to the computer and starts to ask what happened, then she stops. She turns to me and asks, "You have a drug problem?":. I said no. She points to the computer and says it's not what the computer is telling her. She walks over to the door, opens it ... and walks out. Leaves me in the exam room. The nurse comes back after awhile and tells me that any questions I have, I will have to take them up with my GP. I was mortified!!
Made an appointment to see my GP that very day. He actually seen me and talked to me. I asked him how I could get the "patient abusing drugs per Dr. White in BHU" off my medical records. He advised that I get myself a good attorney. I don't even know where to begin with this. Will this have an affect on my disability? Some may be asking what the big deal is. And the big deal ... I did NOT abuse the medication I was prescribed. I took it responsibly and as directed. I don't know that any of this really constitutes malpractice however, I wasn't sure where to actually post.
I'm sorry this is so long and thank you so much for reading this far! Any advice/ guidance would be greatly appreciated.