Skip to comments.The Health Care Chronicles (Don't Be Me)
Posted on 05/11/2017 4:57:18 PM PDT by OddLane
As I sit at my desk with two alternately bleeding/clotting nostrils, mild chest pain and throat discomfort-and twinges of pain in my left shoulder blade-Ive come to realize that Im not the best long term planner. Take this as a cautionary tale about the general perils of neglecting your health, or perhaps as a specific indictment of my own stupidity/hubris.
Over 2 years ago I visited a free clinic located around Union Square in order to investigate what can only be described as colorectal problems. After examining me, the physician told me that I probably had hemorrhoids. However, she wrote me a referral to see a gastroenterologist, which I promptly dismissed. About a year later I went to the same clinic and received the same diagnosis. I had hemorrhoids, but I might also want to see a gastroenterologist to get a second, more comprehensive, opinion. Of course, I ignored this recommendation.
Fast-forward to approximately 5 months ago. Im feeling fatigued, my bowel problems have progressed in an unfortunate direction, and Im having a multitude of other symptoms. I take several rounds of inconclusive blood tests, make an impromptu visit to the ER, and am no closer to understanding why my body is falling apart. Ive been told by friends that as a patient I have to be an advocate for myself.
Its something that Ive failed to do-to my detriment-many times over. If theres one lesson to be drawn from my example, its that you need to be insistent and unrelenting in advocating for your needs. Physicians are not omniscient, even if they have some of the answers. If you feel something is awry, dont wait until its too late to speak up for yourself.
And thanks to Obamacare expect to give up your 10,000 deductible. Most people aren’t going to be able to afford that and having that high of a deductible makes a simple doctor visit unaffordable.
This guy’s case. Went to a FREE clinic and was told to go see a specialist. How much was a specialist? Was it covered by any insurance. Did he have insurance. And now, you’re not even allowed to negotiate for cash up front.
The whole damned system is broken.
I’m not a medical doctor, but I recommend you see a gastroenterologist — post haste.
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