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Old September 22nd, 2008, 06:03 PM
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Started out my day with a phone call to my gastro specialist....first available appointment? MARCH! As in 2009 March! No amount of begging and pleading nor knowing the secretary personally did any good, I am on my own.

Next step...back to the regular doctor. But first, go to the hospital to pick up medical records from my fun weekend in the ER. Of course, they would not give them to me, but faxed them to the doctor, who kept me waiting and hour and a half for my 3:30 appointment.

We reviewed the records and tried to come up with possibilities for the continued pain. #1) ovarian cyst or #2) bladder infection or #3) unknown
A urine test showed no infection, and another ultrasound was ordered, but of course by then it was well after 5 pm so the diagnostic centre was closed and I have to wait till tomorrow. Another day off work.

Not to mention I have to wait for her to fill out the @#$% insurance forms for work because I still have not been paid for the 6 weeks I've been off already. Then I have to go back to pick them up and have another urine test - it's like dope testing in the Olympics!

Sorry, I had to vent. Can you tell I need a cruise?

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Old September 22nd, 2008, 07:06 PM
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So sorry Donna - what a long day for you. It is hard to get into specialists here too - at least certain types of them. Hopefully the doctor will think of something while you are waiting for the ultrasound results.

Hang in there!
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 08:15 PM
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RDonna sorrythat you are having such a hardtime to get a doctor to help you. Gees, doesn't the Gastro, realize you have been in pain for so long and even the hospital couldn't find it. Do you have to die to get help in Canada? Vent away, I don't blame you.
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 08:26 PM
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RDonna,

Not much we can add except to reinforce Fran's and my best wishes that you get to the bottom of this and soon and make a speedy recovery.

Is there somewhere up there at least relatively near where you live where possibly you could get seen much sooner? It might even be worth a night or two's stay in a motel room.

In any event, we're hanging in there with you!

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Old September 22nd, 2008, 08:58 PM
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as a nurse i suggest you find another gastro doc. none of the gastro docs i work with (and they are phenomenal docs) would EVER make a patient in constant pain wait til march for an appointment.

while i know that is easier said than done...i would try to get your primary to make a referral.

say something to your doctor that made you wait an hour and a half for an appointment that you were (i'm guessing) on time for. you have that right, and he/she should have been more respectful.

i hope you get something figured out soon...
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1- RD get a new gastro dr, if you are a known patient in a crisis, then you should have been seen within a couple of weeks, sooner if the CT or ultra sound had showed something, although if they had, you would have been further evaluated in hospital. If you want to stay with this doctor, you should either leave him a phone message or write him a note, drop it off and give a copy of the reords and say you need an appointment, that this is something new and not responding to treatment.

2-The hospital should have given you the records. You are legally entitled to them. You must fill out a form requesting it but they are your records. There is no if and's or butts about that one, this is the law.

3- as badly as you need a cruise, you need to think about your health first, if you dont have a diagnosis and a treatment plan, you may need to re consider the timing.

4- Make an appintment with your GYN to R/O GYN's sources for the problem, although again the ultra sound and the CT should have ruled that out already.

5- I can honestly say I dont mind waiting at times long to see a doctor. Most of the time it is because they need extra time with some one who needs it far more on an emergency level. Last week my mother was acutely sick again, her palliative appointment ended up taking two hours, which meants others had to wait, which is why I get real mad at my mother in the past when she complaind about waits, after she took so much time last week, she said to me she will never complain about waiting again.

6-No you dont need to die to get help in Canada. We still rank among one of the highest in terms of quality of care and access FOR ALL especially for acute care. The problem is when you get lost is the system, or some times, when you get alot of tests and they are all negative, that moves one down on a list. Had RD's tests, which if I am not mistaken include a CT, or any one in similar stance showed something, then a GI would have seen the patient in hospital or a referal was actually made as an urgent consult. but some times when they cannot find anything acute, or any thing at all, you get lost in the system trying to get things attened to.I have needed alot of care, Sam is in hospial right now, I brought him in, and he waited all of 15 minutes before he was in a stretcher and IV and bloods were being done. Care for mundane every day things or non urgent is an issue especially with shortages of staff, but acute care is not something that is known to be lacking. People fall through the cracks for sure, but We in Canada over all don't know how lucky we actually are and I say that as both an RN as well as a patient. Is there room to improve, FOR SURE, there is with everything. I dont want this to turn into a Canada Versus USA debate, as both systems have deficits.

I personally am wondering if you have some IBS from the pain medication you needed from your back pain. You would not be the first person to have this.

I hope it goes better soon.
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Donna, don't forget the old standby - make your appointment with the specialist, then ask to be put on a cancellation list. But do everything else you can with your family doctor and requests for referral to a different specialist.
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Hi Donna,

I'm so sorry to hear about your pain and nothing being found to relieve it. I have been prone to bladder infections for years but someone told me about having a glass of cranberry juice each day and it worked! I haven't had a bladder infection for over 2 yrs now. The pain from it was horrible and worse than my labour pains were.

I just thought i'd mention it to you, cause I figure it's worth a shot, a glass of cranberry juice can't hurt and who knows it might even help


Thanks again for your kind words about our Comet you sent me on Facebook earlier, I really appreciate them Donna. We miss him terribly

Take care Donna and I hope you get some answers soon.

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Donna, I am sorry that you are having such a bad time. I wish I could make it better. I too agree with othere, go to another gastro Dr. You certainly need care sooner than 6 monts away. All I can do is sendgood wishes and prayers.

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