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Maybe this will be moved; about opioid medication

Just Want to Talk | Last Active: Aug 8, 2020 | Replies (8)

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@stuckonu In my opinion, doctors have lost their ability to treat and diagnose to the health insurance companies. Instead of using the education, training and experience of physicians, patients have to be approved for treatments by (essentially) proofreaders that work off a list of complicated steps prepared by the insurance companies. Reviews of denials do not review the documentation provided, but rather the steps taken by the initial reviewers to see if they followed protocol. Part of it is a national push to stop opioid abuse. Unfortunately, the insurance companies still want us to use medications rather than look for and receiving the "best choice" of care. The only suggestion I have for you is to learn your system as well as possible and advocate for yourself. Good luck.

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TY 2011panc for your thoughts. A thought came to me several times while posting here in the Mayo forums: I wondered if comments criticizing doctors in general is frowned upon by participants as well as our volunteers and mentors and other unknown forum watchers? I’m not accusing or criticizing anyone for believing wholeheartedly in doctors and what they do. I guess that the thought came to mind as I recalled a number of times that doctors aggressively defended medicine and what it’s become. I’m okay with that as long as I can express what I experience and think.

Maybe an example of what I mean should be posted elsewhere but here seems better because it relative
Sometime back a doctor got Covid19. Most of his family is involved in medicine with all of his children working as doctors and nurses. He stated firmly that he did not want to go to the hospital and absolutely did not want to be placed on a ventilator. So they set up a hospital room in his home and everyone took care of him. They modified a CPAP device and he recovered faster and better than most hospitalized patients. Makes me wonder what he knows to set up his own treatment plan outside of a hospital setting?

I also thought that I heard the patients who go on ventilator mostly don’t recover. If that is true why is it still aggressively recommended?

Last year I was on a ventilator for 5 days or so. Shortly thereafter I got a fungus infection in my mouth and throat followed shortly after that by shingles on my tongue and throat. Eventually I lost my voice that was diagnosed as Muscle Dystrophy I as a non-doctor started looking at all of the things that followed. That pipe being shoved down my throat. It’s important to me to look at me the patient and to look at me as a whole unit with a series of illnesses that started happening after it was removed.
I’m still examine what happened.most doctors are not interested in my finding because I have no degree

Just something to think about

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