Don't know what kind of specialist to see

Posted by fraukt2 @fraukt2, Jul 17, 2011

My sister and I have been sick for 3 (me) and 4 (her) years and have not gotten a diagnosis. We are having symptoms from several different systems (neuro, gastro, cardio, etc.) and don’t know what to do. We have seen neurologists (I have seizures; my sister doesn’t), an internist, an endocrinologist and several family doctors, and they all tell us to go somewhere like the Mayo, but they are widely varied in their opinion of what kind of specialist we should see. We have no insurance, but we can pay cash up to a point. We just can’t keep going to different kinds of doctors without some kind of clue as to what we’re doing. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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@tmnm

Depending on what state you live in, you may have state aid for HC coverage. If you want to find out, go to Healthcare.gov. It couldn’t be more simple. Fill out the form to find out what is available in your area, and what it will cost according to your income. If you don’t have an income there are options.
Mayo takes almost all programs & is excellent at diagnostic medicine.
Start by requesting a physical due to random health issues & accute problems.
Have your previous tests transfered electronically.
Save your discussion for the Dr.s office.visit, If you try to determine what kind of a Dr. you need while making the apt. you may sabotage your own diagnosis. Leave that to the experts.
Keep being proactive & persistent and you will resolve this.

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I actually call and ask for a discounted rate from the hospital and doctors separately. I have a reumetologist that sees me and he discounted his rate to $50 dollars, average, a visit and he charges almost $200 normally. You can negotiate with some of them. Don’t be afraid to ask.
LLMDs won’t though, because they have a higher overhead and every other patient has gone broke trying to find out what is wrong with them before they FINALLY get to them.
I know how you feel. I can’t get Medicaid either because of a 2 yr wait after getting SSD until i qualify. I think they want me to die during the waiting period before they have to accept me for Medicaid. 🙁
Hugs I hope you have found the help you need!
God Bless,
CJ

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@tmnm

Depending on what state you live in, you may have state aid for HC coverage. If you want to find out, go to Healthcare.gov. It couldn’t be more simple. Fill out the form to find out what is available in your area, and what it will cost according to your income. If you don’t have an income there are options.
Mayo takes almost all programs & is excellent at diagnostic medicine.
Start by requesting a physical due to random health issues & accute problems.
Have your previous tests transfered electronically.
Save your discussion for the Dr.s office.visit, If you try to determine what kind of a Dr. you need while making the apt. you may sabotage your own diagnosis. Leave that to the experts.
Keep being proactive & persistent and you will resolve this.

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We don’t know what kind of doctor to see. We have sumptoms that are neurological, cardiac, musculoskeletal, rheumatological, etc. I will call and see if an internist will give us a discount.

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