Who could guess this is a rant about doctors?
Even good doctors have their downfalls.
Ok. Saw my specialist in Nov and as some know he started me on amitriptyline to combat the neuropathic side of things. Sent me for a sleep study for suspected sleep apnea (which turned out negative but my oxygen sat levels went down to 82%).
Rang him last week to ask what now and he told me to follow up with a sleep physician, keep on with the amitriptyline, and go back to him in Feb.
Right. Went to the gp this morning to get a referral for a sleep physician so I can get that appointment organised. All good. Asked if he had had any correspondence from specialist since my Nov appointment. He brought up a letter he received and we read through it together.
Now for the bombshell! The usual blah blah about blood results and lack of antibodies, symptoms I'm experiencing etc etc then proceeds to say that "these symptoms are due to depression and therefore a trial of amitriptyline has been agreed to".
Errr...what? Not once has he said anything about depression to me. His reason for trialling amitriptyline was for neuropathic pain syndrome!!!
As it turns out the amitriptyline is making me feel totally rotten. I've stuck it out hoping that it's an initial flare from starting a new medication but it's been over 6 weeks now and nothing is settling down but rather getting worse each day.
Why do doctors do it????? Why couldn't he just say it to my face so we know where each other stands. As it is, I'm going to let him know I'm less than pleased when I see him in Feb which is a lot less pleasant way to do it in my opinion!
Ok. Rant over!
If my current worsening is just a flare from starting a new med should it have settled down a bit by now? Or am I right in thinking that the amitriptyline is causing my symptoms and my disease to worsen and it's not going to be any better until I stop taking it?
If my problems were depression the amitriptyline would've made me feel better not worse? Then that leads me to question what actually are the diagnostic criteria for diagnosing depression anyway?
Sorry for the long one!