I herniated a disk a few months ago and could barely walk/function from pain. After my chiro got me upright and moving, I finally hauled my ass across the street to my GP, who issued some Naproxen and nerve pain pills (amitryptiline) and ordered an MRI after I explained numbness below the knee. Missed MRI due to either reherniation or severe muscle spasms, rescheduled for two weeks later (total wait of 4 weeks), went back to GP who issued Valium. Got MRI, went to see him a week later for results - he had already referred me to the top neurosurgery center in the country the week before as soon as he got the results. Now waiting for an appointment, and he issued more pills that at least keep me functioning and able to get to work and get stronger and I can always have a phone consult with him if I need a refill or something else. At no point have I been touched or inspected physically by ANYONE, which makes me wonder a bit.
Ok, so the copay for the pills is a bit much (considering they are long time generics) but its so nice to go to the doctor and not get out money to pay OR try and figure out the copay/in network OR do the insurance tap dance of proving you really do need help. I could also literally crawl the 300 yds to my doctor's surgery if I had to, and they got me in twice for emergency appts same day. The waiting is a bit annoying - I now have private insurance through work and wonder if it is worth messing up the system.