And I've been to my PCP. And she's referred me to a surgeon (after jerking me around with steroids and other horrible "less aggressive" approaches for weeks).
The surgeon tells me he can't fit me in until August 2nd, which at that point was two months away. That's just for the initial appointment, the intake. Who knows how long after that we will have to wait before the surgery can be scheduled. (Yes, thank shit we don't live in Canada! Why, I might have to wait months to be treated there, with their evil socialized medicine!)
Meanwhile, my PCP says she can't prescribe pain medication for me anymore, since she has already referred me to another physician.
And the surgeon's nurse says they can't prescribe pain medication for me yet, since they haven't seen me yet.
"The fuck am I supposed to do?" I demanded on the phone to the nurse. Only more politely. I did not say fuck. I wanted to. "I'm in pain. I can't sleep. I can barely work. It hurts all the time. I'm not seeing you people for over a month."
The nurse repeated, like a robot, "The doctor will discuss pain medication with you in the initial appointment."
I know why this is, of course. Here in Arkansas, the local "problem" for the DEA is prescription drug abuse. That and meth. So they've been cracking down on the physicians, doing a witch hunt of anyone who gives out too many prescriptions for pain medication. Physicians who do give out too many scripts for pain meds are in danger of losing their licenses. And what does "too many" mean?
And someone like me who is in pain, and can't get medication? Tough luck, I guess. Collateral damage in the great War on Drugs.
It's all worth it, if we can JUST GET AMERICA CLEAN!