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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Folsom_Prison, Jan 23, 2012.

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  1. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

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    About three weeks ago, I fell, I got up the next morning and could barely lift my arm. Went with it for a few days then finally decided to go to the doc. They took xrays, nothing came up so they said they were gonna schedule an MRI. Almost a week an a half later I finally went for the MRI.

    Before I even got the results back from the MRI I was receiving voicemails from a ortho doc that had scheduled a appointment for me. At this point i hadn't even heard back from my doc. I finally got a hold of the doc and they said the MRI showed that I fractured my Humerus, I then asked what was up with them scheduling a appointment for me with a ortho doc without even discussing it with me?? They said they assumed it would be fine. :faint:

    Long story short I was able to make it to the ortho doc, long story short I took half a day off work for this appointment. Basically all he did was test my range of motion compared to my left arm and tested the strength I have between the two arms. He left and said he was gonna review the MRI, when he came back he said, yep it's fractured! Nothing you can do really but give it time and take it easy with it.

    I kinda felt like that appointment was a waste of time. So over the weekend I got a call from a lady at some outpatient rehab facility. She informed me that my doc had made an appointment for me. My thought was whoa not this again. I told the lady I wasn't interested and that I wasn't to happy my doc set this up without talking to me about it first.

    So this afternoon I get a call again from the rehab lady, she said that my doc rescheduled my appointment :upeyes: I informed the lady again I wasn't interested and to please disregard any future appointments that they try make for me.

    It's becoming a pain in the arse and I'm gonna try to get ahold of the doc tommorow and tell them I'm not to happy. I've been told there's nothing I can do for it, then they want to set up therapy? Sounds like somebody's trying to squeeze more money out of my pocket.

    Anybody ever have that kind of crap pulled on you?
     
  2. *ASH*

    *ASH* in hell everyone loves popcorn

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  3. WH5V

    WH5V Duty & Honor

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    My mother has had similar experiences... and frequently when you ask questions, they act as though answering the questions is much like doing you a favor. It's the new and improved modern medicine. I over head doctors talking when my mother was recovering from her stroke... and the discussion was basically how patients and families don't really need to know what's going on or why. I'm sure it's not all doctors... but seems like many or most.
     
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  4. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Your humerus is becoming a pain in the arse? You are double jointed and doing it wrong. Lol

    Hope you get it all straightened out.
     
  5. jpa

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    You broke your funny bone? No wonder you don't see the humerus in the situation....
     
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    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    An ortho making a $850,000 a year doesn't care about bilking you out of an office visit.
     
  8. Sierra9

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    I'm going to suggest possible reasons for the referrals. Any doc who is not a specialist is going to refer a "fractured humerus" to an orthopedic surgeon. There are many serious complications of such a diagnosis if not handled properly. Because it didn't turn out to be serious does not negate the initial concern.

    As for the referral to PT, you stated that there was a lot of pain. This can quickly lead to "frozen shoulder," which is extremely difficult to reverse once it sets in. PT was a legit intervention.

    Having said all of that, you did definitely deserve better communication and explanations before each referral.
     
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    I can understand a referral to another Dr, but schedule an actual appt?
     
  10. Sierra9

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    The doc should have communicated first.
     
  11. Folsom_Prison

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    Thanks for the post brother, it's nothing to severe. They werent just doin referrals they were setting up appointments.
     
  12. Rabbi

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    Not only that...but the OP is upset that it turned out to not be a big deal...and is obviously an expert himself because the silly test the doc did were not up to his approval.

    Folks, if you want to build a real friendship with your family practice/internal med doc, I can understand that. If you expect the same from a specialist, you are not going to find many and while you are looking for someone who smiles the right way, you may miss the ass hole who is the best.

    There are only so many docs and even fewer specialists. They have to triage. Your "ochie" may be important to you, but the 12 year old with cancer the doc is running late with is what it is.

    It is kind of like going to a restaurant on friday night...if it is easy to get a table...it probably sucks.
     
  13. JMS

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    Maybe they assumed you have insurance and are trying to help you out?
     
  14. HollowHead

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    Yet another reason why health care cost have gone through the stratosphere. I recently went in to have a cebaceous (sp?) cyst removed from the back of my neck and here's how it went on the initial consultation with the dermatologist (self-named, non-board certified) after I paid to see my GP and was referred: Greeted into a palacial private building (no other offices) by one person. Asked to sign in by another. Escorted into an exam room by a third. BP and vitals taken by a fourth. Given a scrub gown & neck shaved by a fifth. Site photographed by a sixth. Betadined by a seventh. Cyst removed by the self-described dematologist and an eight and ninth assistant. Biopsy sample (which I did not consent to) removed by the third listed person. Packed and bandaged by the seventh. Redressed by the fifth. Insurance paperwork done with yet another new person (ninth at this point?). Follow up (suture removal) a week later by a new & tenth person. Biopsy bill received after the fact weeks later for $950 out of pocket because I didn't realize I needed prior approval to say "yes" while he dangled the bloody mass in front of my face. HH
     
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    Oh sure....
     
  16. larry_minn

    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    It does amaze a person sometimes. I had my GP recomend a expert. So my Dr. sent all info/tests/etcs to expert. She (expert) set up appt. I got there and she wanted some x-rays. "I had new X-rays three weeks ago, a month before that..." So she seems surprised, looks in her chart and there they are. So she wants some tests done. "My Dr. did those already...they should be in the charts" (which they were) Finally she says. "I guess your Dr. has covered all the bases, Why don't we adopt a (wait and see) for 6 months?" So I ask why I drove 60 miles each way? She then decideds she should have me lift my shirt, listen to me breath a couple times.
    If I was not married I could have gotten a wild treatment for what that cost. (with a bunch of naked women) (and had real medical issues after that)
     
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    Let me guess: you have pretty good insurance (for the payee)? HH
     
  18. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    Even if that happened exactly as you say, you now have a relationship with the person(and one of very few around you) who you may need to save your life or give you quality of life.

    Just a thought.
     
  19. HollowHead

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    Or, the GP was simply passing the buck. HH
     
  20. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    GPs are supposed to pass the buck...they are GPs, that is often what they do.
     
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