Kidney stones and Uroligist appointment


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Old 05-24-16, 07:11 AM
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Kidney stones and Uroligist appointment

Marksr's comment about the eye doctor appointment prompted me to post this note.

I'm currently going through a bout of kidney stones. Sunday night at 6:00 pm I started to have right back discomfort. It came on suddenly. My wife and I were leaving the grocery store and by the time I got to the car I could not drive due to sever pain. Got home and laid down. About an hour later I felt fine. I have a full dinner and assume my previous pain was a fluke or gas or some such phenomenon. About two hours later it strikes with a vengeance! At this point I was so scared that I may have herniated another disc but it did not feel the same way as the two previous times I had that malady. Did I rupture some internal organ? The pain was so bad that I threw up my whole dinner. All kinds of things are going through my head as I wreath in pain until about 2:00 am when I go to the emergency room.

They insert an IV into me since I was dehydrated. They gave me some type of pain killer but it had no effect and I ended up throwing that up. Then they gave another narcotic (HYDROmorphone ?). With in 30 seconds my my head begins to spin and I was no pain at all. Very powerful stuff.

MRI confirms I have a kidney stone. Too small to blast it, it must be passed. About 5 hours later as I was released the attending doctors gives me a referral to a Urologist that he suggested I see IF I don't pass the stone in few days or week. Note, he said it may not be necessary to see him at all. Later the next day I get a call from refereed Urologist insisting I make and keep appointment. About 20 years ago I had a kidney stone. Same scenario, but no insistence that I go to a Urologist.

They want me to get an Xray and a consultation with the doctor. I know what the problem is and I know what must be done. The Urologist will not be able suggest any other procedure at this point. To me this is just another way to extract money from me and our health care provider.

And yes I'll go just to be on the safe side. But I do resent it.
 
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Old 05-24-16, 07:22 AM
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Some of our rental units are near one of the local hospitals so it's common for one of the new docs in town to be a tenant while they look for a home to buy. Several years ago, one of them let slip they have quotas of referrals to other docs within the hospital they must meet.
 
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Old 05-24-16, 07:27 AM
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Why does that not surprise me?
 
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Old 05-24-16, 09:09 AM
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I was referred to a dietitian specialists and told the doctor the last (and I insisted last) one I went to spent the entire hour explaining the label on a cereal box. When the other participant asked politely to move it along (he happened to be my accountant) as we both were very familiar with cereal box labels. He got a lecture and neither of us returned.

Back to the topic. Despite my insistence that i was not interested in seeing another nutritionists they began the same calling and insisting routine that I needed to make an appointment. Took weeks to get that message through and somehow I'll bet they still managed to bill the insurance co.

Current doctor is doing the same thing and refusing to renew any of my perscriptions unless I make an appointment. I've got awhile to go, but my first question will be, is a visit with nothing wrong just to renew the rx still covered?

Bud
 
 

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