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How does everyone keep their medical records current ? I mean we have an initial diagnosis along with MRIs, xrays and specialist visits. Then many of us find no DR willing to prescribe anything to help us. Then we send the records to an ROP. A year later we need new records. Then what ? You schedule an office visit for what - after they have already told you there is nothing they can or will do to help. Just curious how people handle getting updated records. For a while I went and had them do trigger point injections which I knew would not do anything but hurt and cost me several hundred dollars just to get updated medical records to get a prescription that would help me. That sounds pretty ridiculous to me. The particular PM DR I went to had retired and yes I have the medical records, but now they are older than 1 year. Any new DR is going to want the whole gammit of tests again. In case anyone is keeping track, it is not just the consult fee and the cost of the medication it is the thousands spent in office visits and tests to get the records to give to the ROP all because the DEA has scared most PM DRs to a point where they are afraid to write a prescription - point being we are spending thousands of dollars just to get a bottle of 90 or 120 hydro and a couple of refills. The last MRI I had done was 2 months ago and was not any different than the one I had 5 years ago and cost me $ 1600 out of pocket. In any case - how do others keep their medical records current ?
 
Posts: 306 | Registered: July 19, 2005 Reply With QuoteEdit or Delete MessageReport This Post
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You raise a very good question, one that I do not recall being addressed, it really is a "Catch 22" or in otherwords, "damned if you do, damned if you don't"...sure, I have up-to-date records, since notations are done on a quarterly basis by my PM, but SINCE I receive PM services, there is no ROP in the country who is going to script for me. I will be interested to hear how our ROP users manage this delemma.
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David






"The early bird catches the worm"...only proves that the worm should have stayed at home and in bed!
 
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I can only speak my my situation, but I have to have a CT, MRI and blood work performed every 6 months to moniter my UPJ, IBS and Chronic kidney stone problem. Do you mean you have to have a new diagnosis each time? I would think as long as you are being monitored for your condition you should be okay. Even if your situation has not changed in 5 years, they should be able to see that you are suffering. I just recently (friday) had a renal lasix scan at it's going to cost me a fortune! I understnad your financial hardship. Do you have insurance? Best Wishes.
 
Posts: 29 | Registered: May 01, 2007 Reply With QuoteEdit or Delete MessageReport This Post
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In my case, I would go to the doctor every few months for different reasons, such as sinus infection, annual gyno, depot pervera shot every 3 months, but no matter what I was there for I would always complain of my intial dignosis for the pain meds I was seeking.

Then it would be documented, and even maybe ask for some ultram, darvocet,t-4, motrin 800, something I knew that they wouldn't have a problem giving me, so that I could get a copy of my records ("for my files at home") before I left the office.

Meanwhile, since I was complaining for over a year and a half, they are now scripting me enough Darvocet with Hydro's to get by so I can drop the online place, so it has worked out very well for me doing it that way..
I also get an annual blood work-up on everything they can think of to boot..

Good luck, Amy
 
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Thanks for the response Sharon and Amy. I was going to a PM DR that only did trigger point injections - nothing more and nothing less - just to get updated medical records even though the injections just transferred the pain to the injection site for a day and that's about it. Aside from the fact that the last time the DR was not covered by insurance and the injection was over $ 600. In any case he retired a year ago, so the records I have are a year old. It sounds like everyone was doing as I was - periodically going in to get updated records for whatever reason. Thanks again for your help.
 
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Your welcome SH, and best wishes and good luck!!
Amy
 
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I got my medical records from the urgent care I'd been using. They worked for me!
 
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Hello Everybody!
I've been having problems AGAIN getting my prescriptions from OP. I thought the DEA thing was only temporary? Now it's backed up again? It's been several days they have my money but no refill being shipped out.

The OP doc INSISTS on recent doctor appointments face-to-face that deal DIRECTLY and SPECIFICALLY with the Pain I need the meds for. Like others have said before, once you are given an MRI and told nothing more can be done and are disabled, what more can you do? Why should I have to go to a doc again for same thing, he won't give me another MRI. Redundant. Because of that I can't get my pain meds refilled on OP? It doesn't make any sense. If I go to doctor regular for all other needs and tests, why should it matter? I have proof I am disabled and in chronic pain. Why is it soooo backed up and late again? Does anybody know? I am in Michigan. I don't know how all this works or even what all the legal ins & outs are. Just wonderin' if anyone else out there is having same problem.
 
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Hi OLDTYMER, as I mentioned above a while back, I was actually going to a PM doc to get injections I knew did not work just so I could have medical records to fax to an OP. That is pretty sad, but all I could do. They require a visit within the last year for their own protection and I do not think any laws are involved. All you need is an updated office visit. That combined with your other records should meet their requirement. Actually I will be in the same boat as you next time because my PM doc retired and I have absolutely no where to get medical records unless I start from scratch - that is even if I could find a pain management DR. What especially does not make sense to me are the OPS that are requiring a previous prescription for the drug you are asking for. If I had that - why would I be paying in excess of $ 100 for a prescription when I could use insurance and even without insurance it would be cheaper than that.

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I go to PM and get epidorals and they give me my meds. I streach it out as long as I can. As soon as they are done with shots no more meds.I just started back and have had one so far. Expect a call anyday from them wanting me back in there to get another one.
 
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i realize how hard it is to keep getting tests if u have no insurance...and yes,sometimes a mri might show nothing different from 2006 to 2007..but atleast its current. if your getting lets say hydro..well,after a few years of it ,any good dr. will want to see if your vital organs are being effected..thats why bloodwork is a must. Im currently going for phys. therapy for my back.I make copies and have them available if needed....you have to be able to show a dr. that you are working on your problem,no matter what it is your suffering from.
 
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Sometimes they are laxed enough where you can just go for a sinus infection, and as long as it shows a recent date, weigh,t blood pressure, all the normal routine vital signs, that is good enough if you have already turned in extensive records, just so they see you aren't on your death bed, and die, and then try and sue them...
 
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