Serious pain, a cancelled job interview, crappy doctor. Help.
October 30, 2013 4:22 PM Subscribe
Posting for boyfriend. He's in serious pain and had to cancel a majorly major job interview. His doctor is useless right now. Boyfriend has a very high co-pay/co-insurance plan and is looking for an affordable way to get a diagnosis + treatment started ASAP...and perhaps some tips on salvaging the job prospect.
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Part I. The Pain and Maddening Doctors.
About a 10 days ago my boyfriend hurt his back in a yoga class. It started in the lower right just above the hips, from the spine radiating outward. He figured it was a pulled muscle. After a few days most of his back was knotted up pretty badly. When he started having sharp pain with deep breaths he called his doctor again....who can't see him until next Wednesday. Not sure why he didn't give a referral to another doctor.
Yesterday his feet started getting numb and tingly. Called doctor again, still can't squeeze him in early. I'll worry about hexing the mofo later. Doctor said to go to the ER for x-rays and an MRI. At the ER, the doctor said they can't do any imaging if it's not a life threatening emergency. Huh? Is this what we can expect from other ER's or Urgent Care centers? ER sent him off with a prescription for Norco and some muscle relaxants. Why his primary care doctor can't/won't call in orders to an imaging facility/hospital is beyond me.
So. We need an affordable plan B as soon as possible. He was laid off from his job about 2 1/2 months ago and bought a meh high co-insurance, high-copay plan and is already on the hook for $500 + 20% for the ER visit that resulted in nothing more than the most expensive round of painkillers ever.
Any suggestions? We live in Portland Or. He's hesitant to go to a chiropractor, but is willing to give it a shot if we can find one who can give an accurate diagnosis. Massage therapy is an option, but we're concerned about further damage without knowing precisely what's going on.
Part II. Majorly Major Interviews, Damage Control.
He had a job interview scheduled this week and had to cancel when the feet numbness set in. It was a pretty big deal...senior level position, well regarded firm blah blah blah. They had put a lot of effort into coordinating several hours of meetings and interviews with their other senior mucks.
Is there anything he can do to try to salvage the job prospect? He's 50 and is really concerned that his age + this mess will be a huge red flag for the firm.
By the by, the sense of urgency here is A. excruciating pain and B. another majorly major, several hours long interview process Monday. He's going to do it...no matter what I say or how much I fret.