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Old 10-04-2022, 05:40 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm so sorry you're dealing w/ a similar thing! I tell ya, it's no fun when you can't walk around well &/or limping!

So I've got my CD-ROM of my urgent care x-rays. I don't know how the urgent care dr couldn't see a thing when I'm all swollen/puffy in the ankle & foot & can't walk properly.

My plan will be...I'll be calling every 1-2 days to check on that ultrasound order, do that, see what GP says from those results. If she has a podiatrist to refer me to, I'll see that person 1st & IF I'm still not satisfied THEN maybe try to get that TV dr (Dr. Vincent). I assume at some point, an MRI will be done too. I hope to God this isn't going to be another several wks of not knowing what's wrong. In the meantime, I'm losing weight throughout all this.


No, please insist on him giving you a referral to the TV foot doctor, especially since this is such a royal pain, sit and wait situation. I wouldn't trust anyone to treat you the way they will, I'm sure they will immediately order testing for you. She does it on the show. They usually get the referral before she sees them so that they bring the results with them. I don't know if it's because they travel, some are local to you guys.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Update #2

The other day, I asked the office of the TV dr if there's a way to see her WITHOUT getting a referral (like if I paid out-of-pocket, etc.) & the appt scheduler said YES, so it's going to be $195 for the exam (& anything extra's going to cost more), but I'll do it & md an appt for next wk...could have had it first thing THIS morning, (but that was a little too soon to be prepped for that).

If they can do an MRI that day I go in & it costs $250 or less, I'll do that too, otherwise, I'll figure out what to do next when the time comes. If she says I need to do A, B, etc., I'll work on getting a referral ASAP so as not to have to pay any more out-of-pocket.

Re: my reg dr, I like her specifically, but the officec staff has gotten really disorganized/hard to work w/ these days! I'm still calling dr ofc every 2 days just to get the ultrasound paperwork to get it done. I'm as nice as pie when I talk to the 4-5 ofc ladies, they keep saying they're working on it every time I call.
The other day, they suddenly ask if I've changed insurances, which I hadn't. OMG, they nev said that all the times I've been calling every 1-2 days these days. They seem to be purposely be lollygagging & again, this is just to get the document to get the ultrasound my dr ordered & I saw her back on 9/20 now. Haven't had to deal w/ them since before COVID though & I know things are very different nowadays (more disorganized, takes longer wait time, etc.).

Re: the urgent care I went to, I'm not thrilled w/ that dr either. I've seen him a few times in the past throughout the yrs. Don't know how good he really is. He's an old timer who's been there a long time. He had all these pills on his desk & has the patient come into his office, he never walks to the examining rm like all doctors noramlly do when they see their patient, so he never walks around.

I wanted to try going to a different urgent care that day I went, but there doesn't seem to be another around here that takes my ins. My health insurance doesn't even have an updated list of facilities I can go to. All the places on their list that I should be able to go to, don't tk my insurance.

It's all a mess. You certainly don't get the service you used to way back in the day.


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Probably because you have been favoring you left foot and ankle for quite a while now. MRI is still the best bet. You know how pain moves around. Do you have a buildup of Uric acid?

Yes, sounds logical. I've probably heard of uric acid once or twice, but don't know anything about it. After a quick Googling, yes, I may probably have some.



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No, please insist on him giving you a referral to the TV foot doctor, especially since this is such a royal pain, sit and wait situation. I wouldn't trust anyone to treat you the way they will, I'm sure they will immediately order testing for you. She does it on the show. They usually get the referral before she sees them so that they bring the results with them. I don't know if it's because they travel, some are local to you guys.

Thank you again for insisting, already got it in motion as said above.
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Old 10-04-2022, 12:14 PM
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Location: Wonderland
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OMG, so sorry! Almost a yr in the boot w/ NO resolution! How long ago was that ordeal & how's your ankle been since? Do you ever have any trouble w/ your ankle & if so, what?
I had both ATs disintegrate due to a week of Cipro, which is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This was about ten years ago. The good news is that apparently the fix really did fix things because after about a year I haven't had any issues. I take that back - I do have to stretch out my ATs regularly or I can get plantar fasciitis. Otherwise, I'm good.
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Old 10-04-2022, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I had both ATs disintegrate due to a week of Cipro, which is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This was about ten years ago. The good news is that apparently the fix really did fix things because after about a year I haven't had any issues. I take that back - I do have to stretch out my ATs regularly or I can get plantar fasciitis. Otherwise, I'm good.

How is one's AT stretched out? I don't think I ever heard of that. I never took Cipro, but I think Tetracycline has the tendency to cause AT ruptures/weakness too, which I took here & there back then.
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Old 10-05-2022, 08:08 AM
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How is one's AT stretched out? I don't think I ever heard of that. I never took Cipro, but I think Tetracycline has the tendency to cause AT ruptures/weakness too, which I took here & there back then.
I just stretch them both daily, Personally I lean up against a wall or the side of a pool and stretch them and I also do circular motions with my feet when I think about it, like now - LOL.
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Old 10-05-2022, 08:23 AM
 
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I just stretch them both daily, Personally I lean up against a wall or the side of a pool and stretch them and I also do circular motions with my feet when I think about it, like now - LOL.

I see, thanks! I was told of a few exercies from my PT way back 14.5 yrs ago when I did PT that summer of my injury. I probably should have been doing them more throughout these yrs.
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Old 10-05-2022, 07:00 PM
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I see, thanks! I was told of a few exercies from my PT way back 14.5 yrs ago when I did PT that summer of my injury. I probably should have been doing them more throughout these yrs.
You can start anytime - it's better than nothing.
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Old 10-06-2022, 12:31 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Update #2

The other day, I asked the office of the TV dr if there's a way to see her WITHOUT getting a referral (like if I paid out-of-pocket, etc.) & the appt scheduler said YES, so it's going to be $195 for the exam (& anything extra's going to cost more), but I'll do it & md an appt for next wk...could have had it first thing THIS morning, (but that was a little too soon to be prepped for that).

If they can do an MRI that day I go in & it costs $250 or less, I'll do that too, otherwise, I'll figure out what to do next when the time comes. If she says I need to do A, B, etc., I'll work on getting a referral ASAP so as not to have to pay any more out-of-pocket.

Re: my reg dr, I like her specifically, but the officec staff has gotten really disorganized/hard to work w/ these days! I'm still calling dr ofc every 2 days just to get the ultrasound paperwork to get it done. I'm as nice as pie when I talk to the 4-5 ofc ladies, they keep saying they're working on it every time I call.
The other day, they suddenly ask if I've changed insurances, which I hadn't. OMG, they nev said that all the times I've been calling every 1-2 days these days. They seem to be purposely be lollygagging & again, this is just to get the document to get the ultrasound my dr ordered & I saw her back on 9/20 now. Haven't had to deal w/ them since before COVID though & I know things are very different nowadays (more disorganized, takes longer wait time, etc.).

Re: the urgent care I went to, I'm not thrilled w/ that dr either. I've seen him a few times in the past throughout the yrs. Don't know how good he really is. He's an old timer who's been there a long time. He had all these pills on his desk & has the patient come into his office, he never walks to the examining rm like all doctors noramlly do when they see their patient, so he never walks around.

I wanted to try going to a different urgent care that day I went, but there doesn't seem to be another around here that takes my ins. My health insurance doesn't even have an updated list of facilities I can go to. All the places on their list that I should be able to go to, don't tk my insurance.

It's all a mess. You certainly don't get the service you used to way back in the day.





Yes, sounds logical. I've probably heard of uric acid once or twice, but don't know anything about it. After a quick Googling, yes, I may probably have some.






Thank you again for insisting, already got it in motion as said above.

Your GP is the pits. I can't believe how long it's taking to get the ultrasound referral. You could seriously injure yourself before he finally gives it to you. His staff is incompetent as heck. I would have threatened to go there to wait for them to do it while I waited. I may have sent a fax so that it's in writing that I saw the doctor on 9/20, that it is now 10/6, I've yet to get the referral which should take 3 days max according to signs in my daughters doctors office. My doctor handed them to me when I went last week. I don't even need one to see any doctor. On the fax I'd also say my foot is swelling more and that you may be left with permanent damage due to the referral taking so long. Hopefully they read between the lines that you'd sue their a$$es if that happened.

I would have done the same as you with paying cash. I don't see your GP giving you a referral for another month, but then again, it could be longer since you don't even have the ultrasound yet.

I believe insurance would pay the MRI or testing because it was ordered by the specialist, I don't think it matters that you did not have a referral and that you paid cash. I know a lot of insurance companies, especially ones like you have where your GP has to refer you, like that a specialist requests certain testing like MRI's. I had one insurance many years ago like that. The one I have doesn't need a specialist, my GP can write me all sorts of testing referrals.
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Old 10-07-2022, 07:55 PM
 
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Your GP is the pits. I can't believe how long it's taking to get the ultrasound referral. You could seriously injure yourself before he finally gives it to you. His staff is incompetent as heck. I would have threatened to go there to wait for them to do it while I waited. I may have sent a fax so that it's in writing that I saw the doctor on 9/20, that it is now 10/6, I've yet to get the referral which should take 3 days max according to signs in my daughters doctors office. My doctor handed them to me when I went last week. I don't even need one to see any doctor. On the fax I'd also say my foot is swelling more and that you may be left with permanent damage due to the referral taking so long. Hopefully they read between the lines that you'd sue their a$$es if that happened.

I would have done the same as you with paying cash. I don't see your GP giving you a referral for another month, but then again, it could be longer since you don't even have the ultrasound yet.

I believe insurance would pay the MRI or testing because it was ordered by the specialist, I don't think it matters that you did not have a referral and that you paid cash. I know a lot of insurance companies, especially ones like you have where your GP has to refer you, like that a specialist requests certain testing like MRI's. I had one insurance many years ago like that. The one I have doesn't need a specialist, my GP can write me all sorts of testing referrals.

Thanks. Yep, it will be a month pretty soon & still no ultrasound order doc. I even called my health ins themselves & they tried to help get to the bottom of it too. They reached the ofc coordinator over there & I guess said something to keep stalling the situation too.

I'm really eager & excited to see what this TV dr can do for me! I sure hope she can do something. If she can give me an MRI, etc. that day, I'll pay for that too (as long as it's not over $300). I do have a limit on what I can pay out-of-pocket.
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Old 10-08-2022, 04:45 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Thanks. Yep, it will be a month pretty soon & still no ultrasound order doc. I even called my health ins themselves & they tried to help get to the bottom of it too. They reached the ofc coordinator over there & I guess said something to keep stalling the situation too.

I'm really eager & excited to see what this TV dr can do for me! I sure hope she can do something. If she can give me an MRI, etc. that day, I'll pay for that too (as long as it's not over $300). I do have a limit on what I can pay out-of-pocket.


I'm curious what they'll do for you too. She looks top notch on TV. Hopefully they're that way when the cameras are not rolling too.

I'm sure you'll point out that your doctor has not done any testing, also bring up what urgent care said.

Before you go, come back to reread what you wrote here, then write stuff down so you have the dates straight on when you were complaining about what. I'll be shocked if they do not send you for an MRI, maybe even a CT and ultrasound too.

You should not have to pay for the testing because it's a specialist prescribing it. Insurance should cover it with no issues.

You were between a rock and a hard place with your GP not doing squat. You need to find a new one, especially once you find out what's wrong. Your GP could cost you long term damage due to dragging their feet.
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