... magic word or secret handshake that gets you treated seriously rather than as an inconvenience? Four years of alternate numbness followed by excruciating pain when the feeling returns. My blood sugar is fine and I have no diabetes or unusual blood results. I will not tolerate this much longer. Please don't give me platitudes of ways to achieve what I deserve in the first place - some quality of life. These God-Complex morons have us all thinking we're the problem. In my case, nothing could be further from the truth. What now? He acts as though me asking for a referral to a pain specialist is an affront to him personally. I cannot wait several years while I start a new Dr.-patient relationship. I'm 60, and have never had foot problems before.