Re: I need help, a Dr. mess up my records - Just a response
Re: I need help, a Dr. mess up my records - Just a response
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Posted by John Calon
on February 16, 2000 at 20:25:29:
In Reply to: Re: I need help, a Dr. mess up my records posted by MLWhitworth, M.D. on February 05, 2000 at 07:19:16:
In response to your dilema, my advice is SUE THE DOCTOR, he has a responsiblity to correctly report the facts of your pain and to prescribe the proper medicine, even if it is not a politically correct medicine. If you like the doctor, give him one more chance, write him a letter and explain to him in no uncertain terms
that you, expect and demand him, to do the right thing. Dr. Whitworth is quite incorrect that what doctors put in your records doesn't effect you. Dr. Whitworth, at least from my read of his message, apparently doesn't get out of the big medical temple often enough to see what's going on in the real world. The use and abuse of personal medical information in this society is something that you should worry about. It is your duty as an individual to send the message, that as a medical consumer, that incorrect information will not be tolerated. If you used an insurance company to help you pay the doctor's bill, his opinion could and will effect your ability to receive proper coverage for your medical difficulties. The idea that doctors won't be affected by the opinions of one his peers, is nonsense. The First Rule of medicine is simple. DOCTORS WILL TAKE CARE OF OTHER DOCTORS, BEFORE THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.
Dr. Whitworth's supposition that the doctors in the trenchs, know...., sounds great in theory but falls flat on it's face in the real world. Based on personal experience, pain management specialists (I have been to more that 20 of them) are more inclined to present you with a program of the pop medicine specialty of the day rather than effective pain relief. Dr. Whitworth's attempt to make an apology for the ignorance of some his peers, is insulting and is precluded on the theory, that the patient is ignorant. The idea that these types of doctors, as educated as they are, are some how, not smart enough to see the fallicies of their treatments and regimens and would rather cater to their egos when it comes to the treatment of pain, is appalling.
These people need to be removed from the medical community and the only to do it is through the courts. Do not count on the AMA or your state medical board to do anything for you, for the following reasons;
1. They are run by doctors.(remember the first rule of medicine.)
2. Most state medical boards are severly underfunded and even if they wanted to help you, can't. A doctor can kill you and his/her chances of being held responsible are almost nil. (You can thank the powerful well monied medical lobbies for this, ie; the AMA.)
3. The idea the AMA is going to help you is laughable, again see the first rule of medicine.
Based on my own hellish experiences in my attempts to get relief for my pain. I advise you to do the following;
1. Whenever you go to the doctor take someone with you as an independent witness.
2. If possible, video tape your visits to the doctor, or if you can't afford that, then get a small tape recorder (about $40.00) so you can at least record any conversation that you have with the doctor or other medical personell.
3. Never volunteer information about yourself other than your pain. If the doctor begins to grill you about your personal life or other non issues, be firm and tell the doctor that his job is to treat the pain, you'll worry about the rest, and that if you weren't in pain life would be jim dandy.
4. When a doctor suggests a medicine, make sure you ask him/her what the potential side effects are, and then ask if you can borrow his/her PDR, if you find that what he/she told you doesn't match 100% with what the PDR says, you can bet a dollar to a dime, that he/she is relying on what the drug salesman told him/her and he/she hasn't bothered to do his/her homework and shouldn't be trusted.
5. Never sign any treatment agreements with any doctor until you have had a consultive exam and the doctor lays out his/her treatment plan before and don't hesitate to take a few days to think things over. A doctor only has to screw you up once, for you to pay the rest of your life for it. (ie; I'll bet that doctor never told you about that liver thing and Tylenol)
6. Never sign any treatment agreement that requires you to give up any rights you may have to take legal action against the doctor. ie;
Most hospitals and doctors on their treatment agreements, you will find a clause that releases them from any legal action on your part, should they release your medical information without your permission. IT IS UP TO YOU TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY AND ACCURACY OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS. Furthermore any doctor that is worth his weight in salt, would not have these types of clauses in their treatment agreements.
7. Always get a copy of any medical records at the time the record is created.
The only thing else I can offer you is good luck, it's a jungle out there.
Free Dr. K, the ultimate pain reliever.
: I wouldnt worry about trying to straighten out your records or convince the doc his practices are archaic. Those of us in the trenches know many docs, esp. rheumatologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, will not prescribe potent opioids for low back pain because of their training and also implicitly this is an admission of their failure to reduce the pain surgically. We know there is a huge change underway in philosophy of treating low back pain, or any pain for that matter. The old school thinking is you must limit your meds to miniscule amounts of narcotics because of the potential for addiction. The new school recognizes that given a controlled amount of narcotics under the auspices of the physician, 1. addiction is rare, 2. providing the meds are used as prescribed and not as perceived as needed by the patients, they are safe and effective, 3. that there is at least a 20x difference in response rate for different patients, and 4. most side effects can be handled. It is a new world there....seek out a pain management specialist.
: : To all fellow pain people I'm in need of help on how to straighten out my medical records,my Dr. and I got into a disagreement over my medications he had me on so I fired him and took my medical records that went back at least ten years even though I have been a patient of his for twenty three yrs., upon looking over them I found many discrepancies that are not correct, now I have to find another Dr. to treat me for chronic pain of the back due to six bulged disc's two of which are protruding inwards rubbing agaist the spinal cord, L4-L5 are fusing together and all my T-series disc's have degenration disease, now arthritis is filling in through the complete spine. Now I have two questions, one is how do I staighten out my records or convince the next Dr. that the records are incorrect. Two is there a way I can have my (now past) Dr. reprimanded for his wrong doing ( I'm not looking to sue or anything like that just get him to admit he has done wrong and to make him receive newer training on medications)? Just for the record for the ones who want to know all this started when I want to change my pain medicine away from the Tylenol products (being I do take alot of them) so I won't damage my liver I feel I have enough damage done to my body now! Thanks for any help anyone can give..Bill --I left my email address so you can post direct to me...