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Can you go to Mayo Clinic

Chronic Pain | Last Active: Mar 25, 2020 | Replies (15)

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Do you have other issues other then fibromyalgia? As you saw in my post I have so many different things wrong I don’t even know where to start. My arthritis doctor is recommending me to go. She said you don’t need a referral but they will request all of my records. The worst problem I have with this is the doctor that was treating me retired and it was before the mandatory computer records went in place. So all of my records from that doctor are gone and that’s when I started getting sick 2003. I had gastric bypass in 2005 and lost 100 pounds. I kept that weight off until 4 years ago I was taken off blood thinner Coumadin and put on Eliquis and the first month I gained 25 pounds. None of my doctors were concerned and continued telling me it wasn’t from the Eliquis. Since then I have gained 60 pounds. The weight and arthritis and fibromyalgia are all working against me and the doctors here don’t even mention it. I’m at a loss. Thank you for reaching out to me.

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@cindy1964 I have been a patient at Mayo since 1982. They do not require outside medical records. They will ask if you have brought any outside records or xrays. On your first visit they will ask you lots of questions and ask you about what brought you there. That’s when you can tell them your medical history.
I have never brought any records from my home doctors. Sometimes they will ask you about results of testing you’ve already had done, that way they aren’t repeating something you’ve had done already. They might repeat something if your results of tests were questionable.
Don’t let the lack of medical records stop you from going to Mayo. If you think you might be wanting to go, even if not for a few months, I would call now for appointments as they are extremely busy and it might just take months to get in.
Even though you don’t need a referral, having one will speed up the process. A friend of mine actually had her doctor call Mayo to get her an appointment and she got in in just a week. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t, worth a try though.
Good luck to you.