Your Tips on How to Get Off to the Best Start with a New Specialist

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Starting a relationship with a new specialist can be daunting. You want to get off to a good start and ensure that you establish mutual respect and are able to develop trust. You want to know you're in good hands. What is their expertise and experience? What research are they doing? Will they listen and consider your input?

How do you get off to the best start with a new provider? What suggestions would you tell a friend who is going to see a new doctor?

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@contentandwell

@fiesty76 That lab is terrible, it should be reported. I had an unfortunate experience with a tech when I had an ultrasound. When the doctor wanted me to go for another ultrasound I told her I would not go back to that department at the hospital that she is affiliated with due to the experience. She was shocked at my experience and referred me to the department at the other hospital in town, so I am sure that hit home, that I would not go to her hospital's own department. I am quite sure she must have called and reported my experience.
JK

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Don't be at all SURE your doctor will call anyone… her incentives $$$ are provided by her hospital. Plus doctors like police have a Wall of Silence. If you do want to make sure that your experiences MIGHT be heard, then write to your insurance company, report negligence. And also write to your state's medical board and "complain" about the doctor — who's NOT going to put HER connections ($$$) on the line for YOU.

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@lucky1038

Don't be at all SURE your doctor will call anyone… her incentives $$$ are provided by her hospital. Plus doctors like police have a Wall of Silence. If you do want to make sure that your experiences MIGHT be heard, then write to your insurance company, report negligence. And also write to your state's medical board and "complain" about the doctor — who's NOT going to put HER connections ($$$) on the line for YOU.

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@lucky1038. I realize that incentives are dollars these days, but if the doctor has to send a patient to a different hospital’s imaging center there is a dollar loss there, plus potentially more complaints so I suspect she did let the hospital know.
JK

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@jrbuff

Has anyone had a si joint fusion. ?

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Yes. It’s been 4 years since my right SIJoint fusion, After having L2-L5 fused. Although my pain eased up for some time and I returned to the workforce. I am currently having a lot of pain and muscle tightness in the lower back, butt, hip into my knee. So I’m back to the drawing board.
The only medication I take is lyrica for nerve damage and spend a lot of time with ice packs on my lower back and si joint area.
I do see my dr this week so maybe some answers…. Look up and don’t give up.

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