Should I wait for a follow-up to medical tests in 6 months?
June 15, 2014 5:19 PM Subscribe
Trying to work out what good options would be regarding not having to wait 6 months for a follow-up to a set of medical tests in Canada (British Columbia), which given my current condition, seems an unbearable delay. Not sure what my options are rather than paying to go private.
I've had an ongoing condition relating to my stomach for about 14 months. About 12 months ago I went to my family doctor after I lost over 10 pounds due to not being able to eat very much for several weeks. (Basically quite a lot of the time I either had no appetite or felt sick every time I ate, or if I was hungry and ate then my stomach went ballistic). My doctor tried a few things re diet and at the same time put me on the list to see a GI specialist. Flash forward many months and I've had a range of tests and nothing conclusive has come up, except for the fact that I don't have cancer of some sort (huzzah) and am not celiac, etc, though I have discovered one or two foods that set me off, there's no consistency to it and they're not the usual culprits for this sort of thing.
My specialist was a locum and my last set of tests with her (a few weeks ago) were her last for that practice: I'm now back to the regular specialist who will see me to discuss where to go from here...in December. I was prescribed something right after the tests that seems to have made the condition worse and am sort of stuck now, as there's no way to change that scheduling as my condition is 'not urgent.' At no point have I had a sit down discussion post tests about my condition - I just begged for a prescription right after the tests because she was heading out of town and warned me it might be several months before I could see the regular doctor.
I will go insane if I have to wait for December just to find out more about what I might do or future steps. I feel vile from this. I have felt vile for months. I cry at the thought of feeling vile for more months. My family doctor is out with some long term illness and I have to now rely on the walk-in clinic which operates beside the clinic with family doctors, and there's not much chance that they can or will call the specialist to plead with her. It's Vancouver: the odds of me finding a family doctor in my area are miniscule (I speak from experience), so that's not going to change, I suspect.
So, what are my options? Should I just fork over the money and go private? Should I try to get another specialist and see if that's faster (I suspect not, and I have no idea how keen in BC they are to move you around from specialist to specialist)? Should I try a dietician though I've tried all the various 'your stomach is now your enemy' eating advice and it didn't make a difference? Are there other healthcare options/approaches specific to BC that I should try? I have tried talking to the receptionist for my specialist, but she was firm that this was not urgent and this was the soonest she could see me.
(And I hope this doesn't sound rude, but before people waste their time, I wanted to say that I am not looking for advice on what to eat/not eat, websites on stomach issues, and so on. I've had 14 months of doing just that; I am just trying to think of my options about getting to a medical specialist before I go nuts with this.)