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Old 03-20-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Fisheye, "We keep outliving our PCP's terms of service - they keep retiring or moving on!"

Heh, remember the old joke George Burns used to like to tell in his late 90s? He had a lifelong habit of about a dozen cigars a day, and he'd get asked, "What does your doctor say about that?" He'd answer, "Not much." and the questioner would say, "Really?" and he'd say, "Nope. He died."

- MJM
P.S. When I first published Brains, it was with a fair degree of trepidation about how it might affect my medical treatment in the future. I even talked about it a bit in one section where I dealt with anti-smoker discrimination. I figured my PCP would hear about the book eventually, so I decided to make the best of it and showed him a copy at my next visit. Heh, he spent the next ten minutes paging through it and reading various sections and then insisted on my giving him an autographed copy! LOL! They're not all like that though. Several years later I was having heart arythmias (evidently from a potassium deficiency) and a cardiologist made a rather nasty comment to me and walked out of the examining room when he heard what I'd written. To be fair, he *did* treat me in a professional, though cold, manner during a followup visit.

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Old 03-20-2014, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Wonder how many people in NEPA have the wart virus? And do you think the Philadelphia doctors have a secret cure? (See, I can be on-topic.)
I don't know how many locally have the wart virus - but it is epidemic in the US: Human Papillomavirus: Confronting the Epidemic. I believe that it is also linked to cervical and anal (colon?) cancer.

Probably, if everybody in Northeast PA wrapped their critical parts in duct tape, we would have lower cancer rates!
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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I don't know how many locally have the wart virus - but it is epidemic in the US: Human Papillomavirus: Confronting the Epidemic. I believe that it is also linked to cervical and anal (colon?) cancer.

Probably, if everybody in Northeast PA wrapped their critical parts in duct tape, we would have lower cancer rates!
Ahh, but there is a difference between common warts and genital warts. And the CDC has recommended that all children, male and female, be vaccinated for the HPV at age 12/13 in an attempt to subdue the epidemic.

You can do what you want with your critical parts, and I'll take care of mine.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Ahh, but there is a difference between common warts and genital warts. And the CDC has recommended that all children, male and female, be vaccinated for the HPV at age 12/13 in an attempt to subdue the epidemic.

You can do what you want with your critical parts, and I'll take care of mine.
Both Cervarix and Gardasil are made by competing companies. Until my company comes out with one I guess I will have to stick to my duct tape!
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Long Island and PA too:)
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Great news! And, of course, the conversations are more lively!

I believe that believing in your health provider/s makes a big difference. Call it psychosomatic or mind over body; a positive attitude will help your recovery. Years ago (1960's) I went to a local dermatologist to get almost 100 plantar warts removed from both feet (50/foot). Some were half inch in diameter and almost a half inch deep. The female dermatologist recommended a dye that she told me was supposed to effectively remove the warts. She said that she read the virus was attracted to that special metallic red dye. She said that it would be a last ditch effort to remove them before a painful long surgery. I was nineteen years old at the time and had every reason to believe her about the dye - I was not looking forward the surgery. In two weeks the 100 warts, that were very painful to walk on, were gone. To this day I do not know if it was psychosomatic or a dye that really worked? I even started a thread on it three years ago and still do not know: Psychosomatic healing, maybe?.

I also believe the opposite can be true if you don't believe in your doctor. For those, that don't believe in their local health care professionals, they might be better off traveling?
I sure wish I went to her...I had that surgery and my foot will never be the same, now my toes either hurt or are numb...and that was almost 2 years ago If I could do it over, I'd just keep the wart and have it cut out every couple of months like I did before the surgery.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I sure wish I went to her...I had that surgery and my foot will never be the same, now my toes either hurt or are numb...and that was almost 2 years ago If I could do it over, I'd just keep the wart and have it cut out every couple of months like I did before the surgery.
The callus, around the wart, is what makes them so painful - not that the wart is not painful! When I had those clusters of them, in the 1960's, I was in military college and on a drill team. I had cleats on my shoes so the front of my foot did not touch the ground. I trimmed the callus constantly. I knew the operation would be extremely painful - I had good reason to believe in any alternative cure (red dye, duct tape or potatoes).

I never went back to my old dermatologist to tell her the dye worked. I was simply too busy with my life at that time. She retired, like our other PCP's, and I had no way to contact her by the time I realized that I should have contacted her. So now I really don't know. I suspect that it was a psychosomatic cure - but the dye possibly worked?

I hope that your numbness and pain goes away with time. Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Long Island and PA too:)
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While we are on the subject of NEPA and health..Today I was doing nothing, not even picking my nose, when all of a sudden I got a nosebleed that would not stop. It went on for near 40 minutes and all the pinching of my nose, did nothing to stop it. I woke up my son(he works nights and sleeps days) to take me to the ER, instead he called an ambulance and they took me. After an hour the bleeding finally stopped, they could not cauterize it as they couldn't see where it was bleeding from and I am on plavix which is a blood thinner so they used a rhino rocket up my nose which did the trick. My wife was upset and she said to me, what would you do if you were up at our vacation home in Bushkill when this happened? It got me thinking and now I will have to look into how quick the ambulance would take up there and where would they take me. Looks like I have to look into this
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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While we are on the subject of NEPA and health..Today I was doing nothing, not even picking my nose, when all of a sudden I got a nosebleed that would not stop. It went on for near 40 minutes and all the pinching of my nose, did nothing to stop it. I woke up my son(he works nights and sleeps days) to take me to the ER, instead he called an ambulance and they took me. After an hour the bleeding finally stopped, they could not cauterize it as they couldn't see where it was bleeding from and I am on plavix which is a blood thinner so they used a rhino rocket up my nose which did the trick. My wife was upset and she said to me, what would you do if you were up at our vacation home in Bushkill when this happened? It got me thinking and now I will have to look into how quick the ambulance would take up there and where would they take me. Looks like I have to look into this
Here is a link to your ambulance corps: Bushkill Emergency Corps. Ambulance. I don't know anything about them - except what I read in that link. We have Pocono Ambulance out of Tannersville. You could always try contacting them and asking them about their services.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:04 AM
 
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My mother in law has twice needed ambulance service since we moved. Once Lehighton came and the 2nd was the volunteer corps for Penn Forest Township. Both times they responded in under 10 minutes and brought her to the nearest ER.

The first time, she was transferred to a larger hospital due to the issue and her very complicated medical history and needs. Same as what would have happened when we were still living in NYC.

Second time she was brought to the same hospital and treated and released within a few hours.

Both times they also found transportation home for her as well as we were at work at the time. That NEVER happened in NYC. She was always left to find her own way home.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:10 AM
 
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I also believe the opposite can be true if you don't believe in your doctor. For those, that don't believe in their local health care professionals, they might be better off traveling?.

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This is surely true in some cases. If one feels better about health care in another city, and can get it there, there is nothing wrong or unusual about this. Just do your homework.

With today's' technology it's helpful to carefully refer to info on the Internet...however, there exists much BS and opinion online...hence the need for caution...and separating fact from opinion. C-D and similar fora demonstrate this.

In health, as other topics, there are many Internet sites/publications... often from reputable, even world class hospitals, physicians, researchers, organizations and businesses ...every day!! This just wasn't there before. Admittedly, some technical material is NOT easy to interpret but is there if you want to dig deeper and see the leading edge...but most is geared to 'everyman'. (There are often forums like this on specific diseases, which can help both psychologically as well as providing treatment related info.). All provide background for your understanding of the situation, interaction with health care pros, and influence your actions.

Today it's possible to be an informed patient even in remote areas of the universe, like NEPA. This was much more difficult ... nearly impossible...years ago.

Talk to your health care pros. Weigh their answers, opinions, and info. Determine their credibility with you. Find someone you trust. Don't try to tell them what to do. Work together. (Sorta like your favorite chef or bartender .)

Travel when you feel the need. (I wouldn't do it for a hangnail...). Good locals and distant specialists can even interact with each other when appropriate. They all even have email!! Heck it is possible for specialists in other continents to diagnose, discuss, and even view/operate on local patients. Though rare now, this may be come common in the future.

BTW, duct tape helped me with a small wart on my leg (I think...) . Guess where I found that info.
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