Man gotta vent- anyone go to a doctor and just get told to come back in 4 weeks see how they go? I do not like going to a doctor and rarely will go unless I legitimately am concerned about what's going on- It takes long enough to get in to see them!
If I go to a doctor and complain of stuff its coz its more than normal for me and I'm worried. It took them 3 years to do an MRI for my inexplicable sciatica, and only because I pushed them- they were going to send me back to physio when 12 mnths of the stuff did jack.
Now I google and ask for specific things/tests/options because otherwise I just get told to watch it, take generic pain meds, sleep, get healthy blah blah and come back. I hate doing it but if I don't push they don't move at all.
I foung amazing doctor out of the last 4, bit darn, those odds should be better. *rant over*
I'm about to start searching for a new doctor after a move to a new state. I'm so worried about this same thing. I'm diagnosed with chronic issues (spinal stenosis l3-s1, natural fusion of l5-s1, nerve damage and not fully diagnosed nerve/pain in neck, shoulder, arm, hand) , I don't like pain meds and all i want is some help but doctors seem to just want repeat visits and don't seem to do anything. Good luck!
So, to give you a little background on me, I'm similar to you in asking for specific test etc. But I was lucky enough to find a good doctor that will discuss them with me and do them when I make a good argument. It did take years to find the doctors I have now but I'm glad that I did.
Another but of context, I've applied to medical school and hope to be a doctor. From what I've experienced and read, the main reason that doctors seem to puthe our cases off is because there is no test for pain or many of the other symptoms we experience. Many doctors then just get concerned about things like drug seeking or think that the problem will fix itself. A small number will actually take is seriously assess us, reassess us a couple of weeks later and do the tests they should do!
If anyone ever needs help figure out what to ask their doctor for I can do my best to help but the only thing I can really say is don't give up. Persist and get your concerns and questions answered