Argh! So angry and frustrated.
I went to the Emergency Room yesterday because my knee just locked-up and was so swollen. But the STUPID fucking doctor had a look at my knee and said "it doesn't look that swollen to me".
He didn't even compare it to my other knee, which was half the size. Granted, on the way in I saw a man (must have been diabetic) with black purplish feet that were massively swollen and my knee doesn't compare to that, but that is no excuse to dismiss me!
Then he pulled at it and bent it a little, which hurt, and preceeded to tell me that Rheumatoid Arthritis doesn't affect knees!!! That it "only affects 'small' joints, like those in the hands". What an idiot.
At this point I was getting really upset with him, then he had the nerve to ask if I had perhaps just fallen down or twisted it somehow?! Like I wouldn't know if I had! What an idiot! I had already told him I had just woken up to it being so swollen and that I had RA.
Then, he ordered x-rays, which I didn't want because 1) It doesn't show soft tissue, and 2) I don't have insurance and they are expensive! When I balked at getting x-rays, he said "fine, I can't help you then". Ass
So, he gets the x-rays back, puts them up and says "looks like a healthy knee to me, I don't see anything wrong"
If its so goddamn healthy, why can't I move it!?
At this point I was just in tears because I was so upset, but he keeps going: "We'll put it in a brace and give you some crutches, just rest it a few days and it will be fine." A BRACE?! Is he stupid? Its already immobile from the swelling! How the f**k is a brace going to help that?! Walking and moving my knee some is the only way it even sort of loosens up!!! This guy wouldn't even listen to me by now, but I refused the brace and crutches when the nurse brought them in.
Finally, and not that its much better, he decides to precribe a 5-day cycle Prednisone, a corticosteroid, along with some ibuprofin to bring the swelling down. And some xanax because I guess he thought I was freaking out at him a little too much. So I took my drugs, went home and slept the rest of yesterday and last night away. When I woke-up this morning, the swelling is down a wee bit, but it hurts worse. And the side affects I've noticed so far is a HUGE appetite and I'm really thirsty. Yay
I hate American doctors, I hate the medical system here, I went through all that torture just to get a lousy precription and it will cost me hundreds of dollars. Get me outa here!