[Tripping On…] Researching And Planning

If there’s one thing with my healthcare that I’ve had to learn as a difficult lesson, it’s that if healthcare takes close to two years to fix, you have to become the world’s leading expert in your specific situation. I’m not a doctor, a medical professional, or much more than a patient, yet, I’ve had to learn many aspects of medical terminology to increase my medical literacy. It’s unfortunate but if not, I’d be disadvantaged.

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[Tripping On…] PCP and Plans

I received a phone call from my newest PCP’s office asking that I update my insurance card information and have a reference number handy for when I do that change. Unlike the other office in this hospital’s network – which is now the second time I’ve encountered anything like this; normally they don’t care about my card – this one didn’t demand that I call my insurance immediately. I’m also deciding my research plans for next week.

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[Tripping On…] New PCP, Referrals

My-Yesterday, I cleared out all of the mental fog that usually prevents me from acting, here, figuring out all the details about picking a new PCP. I had three locations to pick from in my current hospital’s network my-yesterday, and because their systems only allow bookings when the clinics are operating, I had to wait until today to see who was available. I had two main PCPs to pick from and I made my decision.

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[Tripping On…] No Referral Sent?

Working through my healthcare progressions today, I found out that my neurologist’s office had not sent over the referral to the pain management office as I was told. I thought this wasn’t just a problem from that podunk clinic network. I thought hospital networks would have staff more capable of sending referrals along. I don’t think that neurologist will be helpful much anymore with this and an unreplied to message asking nerve conduction logistic questions.

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[Tripping On…] Nine Years Sober

My-Today is the 9th anniversary of my sobriety. I forgot to write this in a way to where I would publish in March, but whatever. With my health problems being as bad as they are, it’s been a constant struggle against trying to figure out how to fix my issues. In the podcast we did today, I talked about being sober for nine years. There’s no life-changingly fantastic insights, but, there are many minor insights.

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[Tripping On…] Asking For Discharge

The doctor I had seen a few days ago only had the one diagnosis, with such focus, that I said that if that is the only diagnostic care option this doctor can provide, I would rather be discharged. Unlike all of my other previous doctor interacts, which ended with the doctor saying something like I was being referred to the best doctors, this pain doctor was telling me I should go elsewhere for pain management.

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[Tripping On…] Headache Getting Worse

I thought I would have more energy to do stuff today, but the most energy I have is to write about how I reviewed over the stuff I wrote about yesterday related to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and getting surgery for a Spinal Cord Stimulator, and I don’t think that’s the best route for me to go. This is a specific fix for a specific diagnosis, and, I don’t believe this will solve these pains.

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[Tripping On…] CRPS and SCS

Meeting with the newest doctor today led down some interesting diagnostic routes, chief among them was possibly Complex Regional Pain Syndrome[CRPS] with a proposed fix of a Spinal Cord Simulator[SCS]. I have many things to research after decompressing from the appointment and reviewing my notes, but, I believe I will need to get a second opinion before I do any kind of surgical fix. The worst thing I’d want to do is get more problems.

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[Tripping On…] Spine MRI Neruology

After receiving the results of the MRI scans yesterday, I decided that my-today and my-tomorrow, I would read over all the results in as thorough of detail as I can do, and record the process so that way on My-Friday, I can talk intelligently to the musculoskeletal doctor. While recording part 1, of maybe 5, I received a call from my neurologist, who called to absolved responsibility for my spine problem being neurological; nerve conduction study pending.

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