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Posted by Bennie Sue ( on May 26, 2000 at 03:09:14:

In Reply to: stadol posted by kim on May 25, 2000 at 20:54:52:

This is a ridiculous situation. I am not referring to any particular type of drug (I know some are controlled.) I am referring to the fact that we cannot get appointments to see our doctors even when we are established patients. Are they so terribly busy that they cannot treat an emergency? Or is CH not an emergency?
My doctors are good, but they spread themselves too thin trying to cover 2 or 3 cities. They are never there when needed. What IS the problem? We
certainly pay enough money for a visit and sophisticated tests. Do they have such great expenses they have to kill themselves trying to see patients over a large area?
I have a good friend whose husband is an orthopedic
surgeon - a wonderful family and very unselfish in devoting time to patients. But even with 6 doctors in the same office it is sometimes necessary for a patient to wait 3 hours to see the doctor! This particular doctor never got to participate in family or school events, hardly ever made it to church events or had a day off. His wife was supportive but regretful that he had to do the work of several doctors because of the demand.
Surely there is a way to get needed medication so that we can continue to work and raise families and have a decent "quality of life." Can't anyone understand that CH is true agony? I don't wish bad on anyone, but I do think it would be helpful to us if every doctor had had a brief taste of CH.
They would give us an immediate appointment.
The only alternative to this is OUCH. WE must make doctors and others see how needy we are and how dependent upon the whims of the system, insurance companies, etc.
NOBODY should have to suffer the prolonged torture of CH when help is possible - just not available right now.

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