Why is it so difficult to get a nerve pain diagnosis in Vancouver, BC?
January 16, 2014 2:53 PM Subscribe
Asking for a distressed friend, Vancouver BC. Call her Laura. She's suffering from a long term chronic nerve pain issue which has recently gotten worse (the past year). She doesn't want a diagnosis from the community. What she needs is advice on how to get a diagnosis from a relevant doctor so that she can qualify for some kind of disability assistance.
Laura can no longer either sit or stand for any length of time to the extent that she can no longer work etc and thus is in serious financial trouble (everything from loan payments to basic food + rent concerns). Indeed, whenever I visit her, she's lying down.
She's been seeing her family doctor about it but thus far he is unwilling to sign off on a diagnosis saying that only a neurologist can do this. But Laura's now been waiting since early October to see a neurologist and just discovered that the appointment she thought she had has been declined because she doesn't fit that particular doctor's expertise. Back to square zero.
Is this a case of Laura's family doctor messing up?
Is this kind of thing typical for nerve pain disorders?
Are there any ways to fast-track getting a diagnosis in an "emergency" situation?
Finally, what are her welfare/income assistance options while she waits for something to happen? She's recently informed me that she can't pay next month's rent and is starting to seriously freak out. Laura's generally a very relaxed person so this is telling me she's in a genuine emergency situation.