Dr Locatelli has failed me in ways that I can neither comprehend nor forget. She was my primary physician for over four years and I really liked her from our first appointment. I trusted her, she seemed warm and personable.
And she was always good with my minor issues. However, I developed a strange spinal issue and under her care it got progressively worse until I was in constant blinding pain and unable to function.
I was in so much pain at one point I was lying on my floor crying.
I had to go to the ER all the time because Dr. Locatelli and the others in her practice were very rarely available.
At the ER they would only prescribe me one or two pain pills at a time. (Most likely due to a lack of diagnosis or an improper diagnosis from Dr. Locatelli, the only doctor I had been seeing and had for them to reference.)
When I ran out of medication and couldnt make it to the ER again on a blisteringly cold Christmas Eve I called Dr Locatelli crying, saying that I was actually afraid because I didnt know how bad the pain would get and I was out of medication, she told me “I’m not going to write you anything because you decided to call at 10 oclock at night.”
She told me to wait and come in on a Monday and then she’d see what she could do.
She left me alone and in pain on a Christmas Eve. I spent last Christmas in horrible pain and from there it only got worse.
And I had nobody to turn to. I think because she couldn’t understand my injury she thought I was lying about my pain or exaggerating my symptoms.
Which is very disappointing from a physician I had been seeing for years.
She should have known me better than that.
Fortunately for me I am very tenacious and I managed to find another doctor in another group and a new physical therapist who actually helped me instead of offering nothing more than excuses and pithy brushoffs.
Now after three bouts of physical therapy I am finally well. I am pain-free and working a full time job with no symptoms.
I am able to sleep and work and do my hobbies again.
I went from living in a painful nightmare for a year to having a new lease on life and I am enjoying that life profusely.
However, I still cannot forget the way that she just didnt care when I was in the most pain of my life.
The pain was on par with the pain I experienced when my gallbladder had to be removed.
I was in Level 10 pain and I had no means or medication to cope.
Her treatment of me, or lack thereof, should be illegal. Her negligence and lack of empathy are criminal – and still unbelievable to me over six months later.
When I think about the prolonged bouts of uncontrollable pain that I had to endure, the suffering that I had to face, and things I had to go through because I didn’t have a reliable, trustworthy or caring primary care physician it just breaks my heart.
So take my advice: If you are looking for a physician who will treat you like a human being and take care of you when you need it the most….its not Dr. Locatelli.