Should I find a new Primary, since it takes so long for a referal?
I have a post that goes into more details about my condition. Bascially I have a "free clinic'" Dr, who did the MRI and found I have a couple of bulges, and large herniated disc. My problem is this. It take him forever to write a referal since hes only in the office on WEDS, one day a week. Had to go to ER to get the referal to Ortho! Only to find out all he could do is give me 1 script of loratab= 50. And go BACK to my Primary to get referals to the Internal Dr, and Pain Spealist. I called Wed and never heard back. So thur I called him at his "Pratcice" to ask if he could just send me to those drs. His nurse told me he cant do it bc my MEDICAL RECORDS are not at that office, and I would have to wait untill SEP 14! NOw once i get the referals its gonna take some time to get the apts. He cannot write anythg but Ultam for pain since its at a church, and hand written, witch does nothing for the pain, as well as over the counter since I have been usuing them so long. So i have to go to ER for real pain meds. Last weekend I went to Er and have normal blood pressure, but due to the pain it was 147/109. so she uped it to percot 10-325 bc of the concern of my body being in a stress mode. But also infomed me that I CANT keep comin too the ER for PAIN MEDS, since my DR cant write anythg that touches it! SO when i went to the ortho he said I could have the surgery but dont want that to be the first option, wanna try the more concertave first and then if that doents help i will move on to the next step. So got the script for Phyisal Therary. But was informed that I need to have my Priamary give me the referals to the Drs. I really need to see. Even if I talk to them on the 14, my referals will not be put in unill the week of the 21 of sept, since their hours are from 6pm to 9pm!!! MY quesion is should I just pay to see a diffrent PRIMARY, Take all my ER VISITS< MRI DICS, and expain that i feel like my condtiion is not being treated w any ergency when it should. Bc even when I do get the refeals its gonna take some time to get apts w two diffrent, very busy DRS, and being that I will be a new Patient. Will they allow that? Or does the referal have to come from the dr who ordered the MRI?? Please any advice will help. The ER also told me that I cant keep coming back to ER, I need to see a spealist for this, and could be RED FLAGGED!! What do u do when u cant see the spealist that u need or just get the referals u need. But I bet If I was payin him at his "PRATCICE" this would have been takin care of along time ago!! Should i just pay to see another dr, to have this matter taking care of bf the end of the month, and end up back in the ER???