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posted 09-20-1999 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi gang
as you know your medical records are yours
and you are entitle to copies of every one
lets face it, you only know what your doctor tell you right!
but seeing them is another thing,and having them at hand will help you if you switch doctors, or move etc
this will also help you to remember if you had a certain test done, so that it don't have to be repeated,
you will also save $$$
example i needed my records from yale medical school of medicine, from 1980 about a ear operation i had, well i sent them a note and got a answer from some records company in calif, who had them, yale use this company to send out records, well it cost me $35,to get them, why did i need them?
a few month ago emory here in atlanta needed them, almost 19 years later,
plus i can't remember what i ate last friday for supper, let alone what medical procedure was done over a period of time,

one other thing when a doctor or medical person tells you that everything is fine you have a false sense! that just maybe it is a blow off!! but seeing it first hand is a
whole nother story,not to mention that when you see it with your own eyes, you will feel great
so much for this little piece of advice

[This message has been edited by charlie (edited 09-20-1999).]


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posted 09-21-1999 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You make a good point charlie. Thanks for providing that info. Seeing my medical records did and didn't make me feel so great. They did help me to put the puzzle together. I had classic symptoms and classic reasons for experiencing them. The problem came in where the doctors failed to read the records that would have told the story or else just are not ready to accept the idea of antibiotic induced colitis causing long-term complications.
Another eye-opener for me came after I read the path report from my hysterectomy surgery. It showed no evidence of endometrial tissue. Granted, this may be because of the cauterization of the diseased tissue (and yes, I did see it on the pictures) was done a few mos. earlier by a different doctor at the same facility. The fact is, the doc. who did my surgery could of, or maybe did get in big trouble for removing a healthy uterus and ovary. (He retired shortly after this). I am not as angry at him as I am at the dermatologist who prescribed the antibiotics even though she new I had IBS and fibro; the GP, GI, and Gyno docs who were unable to diagnose me correctly, and the doctor soc. sec. assigned to have me checked for disability benefits for the period of time I was ill; who told me (irregardless of the fact I was getting well with the correct treatment at a different facility), that Candida is a fad illness and that Diflucan doesn't work since he did a paper on it. (Does that remind you of anybody on this BB?)


Jennifer L

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posted 09-21-1999 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jennifer L   Click Here to Email Jennifer L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh ya! Always get your med records..I have been doing that for years! They are our records about our bodies after all..

I have everything, including my post operative report, my operative report, and the pathology report from my recent bowel resection.

Jennifer L
(Canadian Crohn's Message Board)


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posted 09-21-1999 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Birdie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I've learned the hard way. You need to have copies of your medical records. I had a colonoscopy done 10 yrs. ago. I recently needed the report & GI doctor's records. Unfortunately the hospital burned the records after the doctor suddenly left the hospital but, I did find the pathology report with biopsies results.
I really needed the doctors records because he stated that I had a looped bowel, microscopic colitis & IBS. With no records, my current doctor would not believe me. However, at least he is starting to listen since I showed him the pathology report which listed inflammation throughout my entire colon. So always get copies if you can. It's the law for them to give them to you. I worked as administrative assistant to a doctor for a short while. Doctors will sometimes not give a patient copies or only give you part of what they have. Always be sure to sign in writing that you want your "complete" records & results.


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posted 09-22-1999 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LNAPE   Click Here to Email LNAPE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good Advice,

I always get all medical reports when I have had any test done blood test upper GI colonescopies, surgery reports whatever. We have the source here with the internet to investigate our own and become informed so the doctors don't treat us like they are gods. I have found if you press the doctors they give you better treatment because they know you are checking them out and what they are telling you.


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