Last Thursday night I went to sleep peaceful and excited that the next day I will finally be going to see a primary care doctor and get some treatment. I woke up Friday morning to a missed call and voicemail from the doctor’s network that something was wrong with my insurance and my appointment might have to be canceled unless I wanted to pay out of pocket.
I immediately broke down in tears. This could not be happening. I have waited so long and fought so hard to get my insurance and then to get an appointment. I had to wait three weeks for this appointment, I didn’t want to miss it and have to wait another three weeks.
It turns out that I was still on straight Medicaid and my plan wasn’t starting until April 1st, but I was still technically enrolled. The only problem was that I was told by the doctor’s office that they did not accept straight Medicaid. It took over an hour and a half, right up until 15 minutes before my appointment to be told that I was misinformed by someone, and they actually do accept straight Medicaid.
So you are telling me all of this stress and anxiety was all unnecessary? Oh and now my pain is at a 6, wonderful.
I’m very sensitive to light and noise, so being in the office is a bit unbearable. I eventually had to put my sunglasses on and shield my eyes from the light. My leg was killing me and there is no way to get comfortable when you are in a room. My pain was increasing by the minute and I waited and waited for the doctor to come in, focusing on my breath and trying to remain calm.
The doctor was amazing. She is so thorough and I was able to talk about everything that has been bothering me this past couple of years.
Here is what I now know:
- My migraines do not sound like a normal migraine problem to her.
- I have a lot of muscle spasms radiating through my whole body.
- She has referred me to get a ton of tests done. I had blood drawn after the appointment, I am going for a pelvic exam and ultrasound and getting an MRI done tomorrow, and the next day I am having my eyes checked.
- She did not want to prescribe me anything because my blood pressure was high (it always is when I am at the doctor, but I monitor it at home and it’s fine) and she wants to know what the root of the problem is, as it’s not just a migraine disorder.
- She did give me a muscle relaxer which helps, and a low dosage of Sumatriptan with only 9 pills and it does not do anything to relieve my pain.
She shined a light in my eyes, and after I left the appointment, and after I got my blood drawn, we went to grab something to eat and get my medication. LET ME TELL YOU…my pain was now at a 10. I could not open my eyes at all. I was so dizzy and every inch I moved my head I felt like I was going to be sick, which fortunately I was able to keep from happening until we got home. I took a hot bath which relieved a little bit of the pain, then I tried putting some more food in my body, and fell asleep.
The pain did not leave until this morning. That’s 3 and 1/2 days of being at a 10 on the pain scale and I’m terrified it’s going to be the same after my tests this week.
I’m also pretty nervous about my tests. I hate doing pelvis exams and eye exams, and it will be my first MRI. I’m even more terrified of the results. There are some major things it could be and the doctor’s concerns really worried me. I’m trying to remain positive though.