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Offline Teresa_S

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Re: Just wondering re:DR, OS, PT etc...
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2005, 09:48:02 PM »
I would add a couple of things to Rawsushi's list. FIRST, I would gather ALL the reports, recent and in the past and put them in order from most recent back to childhood.  If the OS has not seen you before, IT would benefit you to have these records sent over in advacne so he could look over your history, and see what has been done recently, and what needs to be done. I always feel that my first appt is usually an expensive get acquainted time where tests are determined to be needed and ordered, and then scheduled, and then finally you get to go back to the OS and see where you are and what can and can't be done. When you call for the appt. be sure to mention that you have a long history, starting as a baby, so you get somebody who is most qualified and not a sports med dr.  Usually, I try to get a friend (physician) to order the MRI , x ray, lab, etc I know I might need, and take them with me. THEN I make sure she gets a cope of every report from every dr. (and I make one for myself) SO THAT ONE DR> IS SEEING EVERYTHING about my medical history. When specialists are used, they rarely get together, and are most interested in the parts of your history and treatment that are in their field. Though many people object to this, as they often see it as another expense, I see it as insurance, that nothing is missed or overlooked because they only look at parts of my body. THIS has saved me multiple times from undiagnosed errors, and overlooked blood clots, etc. Be prepared, and go with a positive attitude. IF it doesn't work out , or he feels necessary, ask for a referral to a Physician who does have the interest and experience in the field you need. Good Luck, Teresa
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Re: Just wondering re:DR, OS, PT etc...
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2005, 10:16:35 PM »
I know it has to be hard for the DR's because I know that diagnosing knees must be hard, considering most of the problems share symptoms. I just get so down because I know I have kindof a tricky case because I can't just say 'I fell', or 'twisted it in soccer' or something that would at least give a starting point.
*sigh* I need more patience, but it seems I've been patient my whole life, with DR's, PE teachers, stairs  ;)  I'm sick of being patient, now I want answers. Which is probably a good state of mind to be in...

I just can't say how great it is to finally be able to talk to people who understand!!
You are all so great!!

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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2005, 01:45:29 AM »
Yes, I really did stand in front of the door.


Dig them SEXY knees

BTW, IMO it'd be MORE intimidating to an OS if a petite lady stood there (espec. on crutches) ... when I 'through my weight' (220#) around I'm always careful to be non-agressive ... as fear is NOT a good thing to make an OS feel; they love power too much.

I bring my blue binder (two holes @ top) in with me on special occassions - it's got a contents page & markers. My prob is that @ 3" thick it is more distracting now than helpful

I usually start off (1st appt with MD/OS) by summarizing a few points:
a) I'm a professional patient, and have been involved in my own care for 20+ years
b) I don't mean be be obnoxious, however I have learned that assertiveness is often taken that way cuz your avg patient is a wet noodle. Pls tell me to calm down if need be.
c) I then proceed to tell them "If you don't mind, I'll start by giving you my PMH (patient medical history) from a 30,000 foot view, and then answer all your questions; i think that'll save time - is that ok?" and then dive  in.
 - diagnosed with NPS @ birth
- skiing accident @ 12yo
 - first surgyer was x @ 13, followed by 5 more surgeries from then until 17 totaling 4yrs crutches & PT
-... blah blah
d) then I ask my questions (from the papers & write answers if need be) paraphrasing their answers back.

When I make the appt I usually tell the person that I want the LAST appt of the day.
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Re: Just wondering re:DR, OS, PT etc...
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2005, 01:46:49 AM »
hey Rawsushi..that's some awesome advice.. i'm printing it off and putting it in my knee binder.  ;) Hope you dont' mind. :P

Good luck ...
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Re: Just wondering re:DR, OS, PT etc...
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2005, 03:44:40 AM »
I know I am a new commer to the board, but I just had to chime in on this one. Way to stand in front of the door! I had to take my husband along to keep the drs from trying to bully me. It's amazing the difference in the way they treat you when they see a BIG man standing beside you.

I too was sent to a Sports specialist, but I did have an injury. My injury was work related instead of sports related though. He still didn't take me serious and acctually made the remark that there was nothing wrong with my knee and he wasn't wasting anymore of his time on me. Little did he know that the door to my room was cracked and I could hear him. Now that I have a real Dr who listens to what I tell him I am having surgery on Friday.....8 months after my accident.


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Re: Just wondering re:DR, OS, PT etc...
« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2005, 02:20:23 PM »
Rawsushi- "professional patient"!! I love it! That's how I feel sometimes, and reading some people's responces and how they use the lingo, it might have been faster just to become a DR!!

Stephie- I bet bringing your husband helped! It sucks to sit there and be treated bad (been there) and not be able to say something. I'm kindof a shy person and have trouble asserting myself when I should. All the times I've been seen before I wasn't as educated in my problem as I am now. That sounds weird, but my knees have literally hurt almost everyday for as long as I can remember. I wish I could bring my husband, but he works late. Maybe weekends... Good advice!

Thanks guys!!
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