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Missing doctor’s appointments

I’m having a lot of difficulty with health care providers because I frequently need to cancel or reschedule appointments due to chronic migraines (20+ per month). Several providers have refused to continue treating me. How do others address this dilemma?

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  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi there Zanettil,
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    Thanks again for your question! Hope some of the feedback is helpful!
    -Joanna ( Team)

  • Zanettil author
    2 years ago

    RobinfromCA, I’ve had problems with all range of providers, from my GP to psychiatrists and therapists, who have discharged me because of missed appointments, even though they know I have chronic migraines (20+ per month). I always call to cancel and explain – I’m not just a no-show. I wasn’t treated this way in my previous city, but my migraines have been worse since I relocated. I’m afraid I will have to relocate again, since the weather here seems to be a big trigger.

  • Luna
    2 years ago

    Any appointment I make I make absolutely sure that they understand that migraines are a big part of my life and I will try very hard to make the appointment but may have to cancel.

  • RobinfromCA
    2 years ago

    It’s not always the doctor who treats your migraines who is the jerk. I had a gastroenterologist get mad at me for canceling a colonoscopy because I was sick with migraine and couldn’t drink the stuff. Now I let doctors know up front that I get migraines and they seem to be more understanding. There are still going to be idiots but, mosho 10 said, hang in there.

  • mosho10
    2 years ago

    I definitely understand and can relate. I would definitely encourage you to do your absolute best to get out the door and get to the doctor! Maybe finding a doc that you like will help? Also, find a message board to help find some community that will help encourage you as well. I am going on a few years of having my migraines under (some)what control. i still have hella headaches but i have a plan for what to do when I have them. I have all my doses and preventatives in order. BUT i will say that i had to see all the bad doctors and all the neurologists and went to all the shitty pain clinics and made all the trips to the ER because i am so stubborn about everything….!!!!!! I too would be so sick from a migraine I’d loose track of the days!

    So hang in there.. and know there is hope but you have to go find it! Only you can make your situation better!

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