Firstly I am sorry for your pain. I woke up to Rheumatoid Arthritis a few years ago. I can understand the "panic pain". I also stash pain meds/ steroids for any flair up I may have (knock on wood).... I underwent chemo for 8 months to get my RA under control. It worked. With all that said.... We cannot/must not self diagnose.....I dont care what we think we know.....Plenty of corpses from self diagnoses and OTC drugs. I found I can go to a local walk in Med Clinic (lots and lots of them around) see a Doctor and get any meds I need all in less than 60 minutes....day or night.....I havent been to my Primary Care Doctor in 3 years. Everybody wishes to blame lawyers here....and a percentage of medicine is now controlled by legal rulings for sure....but you need to blame the AMA more than lawyers. Look @ their policies and teachings/seminars.....then try and blame the lawyers for this mess. Go to a local walk in med clinic next time.....$50 and out the door with what you need. Screw Primary Care Physicians for anything but a snotty nose.