I'll put the disclaimer right up front: No medical advice, please!
[BG] I've been dealing with a mysterious, chronic, painful medical condition for over seven months now. Numerous tests have ruled out anything obvious, meaning that the culprit is likely to be something like fibromyalgia or interstitial cystitis (or both) - one of those annoying "invisible" maladies.
I fired my original primary care doctor because he was inexcusably rude to me on more than one occasion. I've seen his replacement, New Doctor, twice.[/BG]
The first time I saw New Doctor, he ordered the last of the screening tests people in my situation generally go through. They were negative.
The second time I saw New Doctor, I asked where I go from here in my efforts to find out what this is and treat it. He side-stepped that question, instead focusing on the fact that my disk had herniated (I was dumb enough to mention it), then turning his attention to a pimple. A pimple
! When I pressed further, he said we'd talk about the mystery illness when I come in for a recheck in three weeks.
I have gotten the "come back in x number of weeks" response from a number of specialists I was referred to. When I come in, they seem terribly surprised that there is still a problem, since the tests were negative, and I wind up being routed back to my primary care doctor.
I have a nasty feeling New Doctor is going to use the avoidance route (again) when I go in for my recheck. It's been seven months and I want to focus on this problem and get some answers and get on with my life. This has been beyond frustrating and I'm about ready to throw a fit.
Any suggestions for getting him to understand that this illness is having a major negative impact on my life and I want it to be addressed? Without throwing a fit, I mean? Saying "This illness is having a major negative impact on my life and I want it to be addressed" seems to have no effect.