Chronic neck pain back pain and RSD. Healed from burst lumbar fracture
Help need advice. I went to see my Reg family practice Dr today. He knows everything about me. So my life insurance has a premium waiver on it if I have a disability. I have been on SSDI since 1995. I have seen this dr. For 2 yrs. My other one retired. Insurance company sent me out a form to reevaluate my condition. I get RF’s in my neck my back ESI INJECTIONS IN MY NECKat least 2 to 3 a yr.. Thoratic ESI’s. I had cervical spinal stenosis about 5 yrs ago and am facing g another on. My primary Dr wanted me to have a 3 level lumbar back fusion in december. He was pushing me to do it. I told him I wanted to try other alternatives 1st. So I bring in this disability form for him to complete. He does not talk over th form with me. Fills it out puts it under his key board an starts talking. So I left the clinic and looked at the form he filled out. Apparently 1 will be able to go back to work in about a yr. Puts nothing on there but I had my 2nd neuro stimulator implanted. I have a 15# lifting restriction. No neck problems, no mention of RSD. this is not going to fly. What should I do ? I can not send it in like this. What would you do ?
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Attorney time. I’m getting an attorney to straighten out a mess my doctor made by omitting vital details although my situation isn’t as serious as yours.
Thank you Leonard. Wont be back to him.
But now have to try to find a new family practice.
I know and that's so hard to do with all my complications and meds. Then you have to start all over with everything . Uhg !!! Any ideas how to do that ?
@suerc When I first had problems with confusion, that turned out to be HE from non-alcoholic cirrhosis, my PCP (a family practice doctor) called me and said she thought I had Alzheimer's, after just one confusion episode! After conferring with two other doctors who basically were astonished by that, I went out to find a new doctor. I was told by those doctors and a doctor who is a close friend, that as you get older you should be seeing a doctor of internal medicine, not a family practice doctor. Internists are generally better diagnosticians. Granted, that is not always true, and there are some family practice doctors who are very good, but generally, family practice doctors are exactly that — great doctors for younger people with children and they want one doctor for the whole family. As we age our problems tend to be different.
To find my new doctor I asked for recommendations from friends and ran them by a couple of other doctors whom I see. Sometimes recommendations from friends work out, sometimes not. If that person has not had anything beyond very simple problems they are recommending the doctor based on personality. I also check the rating sites but I do not consider them to be valid unless there are a fairly decent number of reviews from patients. Otherwise, you are relying on the good or bad experience of one or two people.
Thank you JK helpful
Anyone know of any good internal medicine Dr. In the st.paul, Minneapolis area ?