Bad Day / Physical Therapy
I had a horrible day. My rheumatologist sent me to physical therapy for my fibromyalgia. I’ve gone before but it’s been a couple of years. In the past it’s been fine, I did strengthening with a resistance band, and sometimes they did muscle stim or TENS or even massage. Today, however, I met with a new PT for a consultation and the woman actually made me burst into tears. I was hurting - obviously, I’m always hurting - and she was incredibly intolerant. From the time I walked into the room she was condescending and aggressive. “You’re standing wrong, you’re walking wrong, of course you have back pain, you’re weak, you don’t need to stretch your neck, you’re over-stretched, stand against the wall with your shoulders up and back and the back of your hands pressed against the wall…” I did it and it was incredibly painful. She didn’t care. Then she tried to tell me how to breathe, that I shouldn’t inhale, just exhale hard and let my lungs automatically bring in air, then exhale hard again - it felt like I was hyperventilating. I immediately got lightheaded and super anxious and she said that meant I was doing it right. It was awful and I burst into tears. She didn’t even offer me a tissue. She just said “when you’re ready I’ll show you how to lie down properly.” AS I SAT THERE SOBBING. I went to the restroom, tried to calm myself down for 10 minutes, and when I *finally* came out, she handed me some papers and told me to make appointments for more sessions at the front desk. Fuck that! I hauled ass out of there. Fortunately my brother had brought me because there’s no way I could have driven myself home in that state. Also fortunately, I had a prescription for Valium waiting for me at CVS, so I took one, went to bed, cried for about an hour and a half, then slept for 3 hours.
I’m going to call tomorrow and find out how to file a complaint against her. She should not be treating patients that way.