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Borzak

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I don't understand much of the medical field, no surprise. I got a call Friday saying I had been accepted into a trial drug for MS (which I don't have). They're calling back tomorrow. They mentioned the Dr. in charge of the MS clinic. Surprised me she considered herself my doctor. She removed herself from the portal and when I call and talk to one of the nurses/assistants they say "We'll look into it and call you back". Never once called back. I guess it comes out to bringing in money. Guy said they would pay my transportation and such, either to New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio. Sounds like a free vacation. But 4 years and 50/50 could get a placebo. I asked what the drug would help, said he would have to get back to me lol. Everything I mentioned to the MS doctor she said it has nothing related to MS. Sure it cured me of a disease I didn't have. Good work if you can get it.

Here's a shock. Got tested for "stiff man's disease". It went to the Mayo clinic and I looked it up. Said it's no longer stiff man's disease, it's stiff person disease. Civilization is on the brink of ending lol.

Got help from the oddest places. Girl I knew in middle and high school 30+ years ago I talked to her and she is now a RN and her ex-husband is part owner of a medical spa in Dallas. She bitched to him and he made a phone call and got some answers. Case of not what you know, but who you know. My friend is a live wire I wouldn't want to be on her bad side. Why we got along in school, she didn't have a filter at all much like me.
 
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Erronius

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I'm into my 3rd month of antibiotics, 2nd month of doxycycline

Last Urology appt, the Dr said that sometimes it take 60-90 days to kill off an infection with epididymitis? fuuuuuck

He also put surgery on the table. He talked as if I wouldn't lose use of a testicle, but when I Googled epididymectomy, I got the impression that was the deal. So I'm pretty happy that I agreed to do another 30 days of doxy before considering surgery.

It's been a couple weeks since I had the noticeable pain/discomfort, so I'm going to pound out the last 2 weeks or so of this script and I'm hoping I'll be good
 

Blazin

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I'm into my 3rd month of antibiotics, 2nd month of doxycycline

Last Urology appt, the Dr said that sometimes it take 60-90 days to kill off an infection with epididymitis? fuuuuuck

He also put surgery on the table. He talked as if I wouldn't lose use of a testicle, but when I Googled epididymectomy, I got the impression that was the deal. So I'm pretty happy that I agreed to do another 30 days of doxy before considering surgery.

It's been a couple weeks since I had the noticeable pain/discomfort, so I'm going to pound out the last 2 weeks or so of this script and I'm hoping I'll be good
I did a long period of antibiotics like that because of Lymes and by the end I felt like shit, so messes with your digestive system. Hope it resolves without the surgery .
 
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Tarrant

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So I just had my wisdom teeth removed at the age of 40 and it was an ordeal. They decided to all start moving and doing so quickly and they moved so much, so quick on the bottom they drilled into the neighboring teeth, chipping them down to the nerves. This was some of the worst pain I've ever had, causing me to even pass out at night a few times.

a month later I went in and got those two neighboring teeth looked at this morning and thinking I would need crowns or a root canal, they told me I'm going to need them pulled. I was already missing a tooth on the right side so I'd have almost no teeth on the lower right side, which means I'd need two implants. Due to losing so much bone over 18 years from missing a tooth I'd also need a bone graft on that side and then one implant on the other side.

With dental insurance, it's gonna run between $6000 - $8000 since one implant won't be covered since that tooth wasn't pulled while I was on that provider.

No idea how I'm going to afford any of this and in the meantime and still in considerable pain.

Fuck dental insurance in this country. So stressed out over this shit.
 
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Borzak

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Assistant with the company doing the drug test called back. I asked 14 different ways what exactly is the drug supposed to help? Umm umm I don't know you'll have t ask the doctor once you see her after accepting to get into the trial. These people. That was a big NO. Lose my name, lose my number. I can't even contact the doctor she's been removed from the hospital portal thing to contact one. I called and her nurse/assistant says "I'll look into it and call you back" have done that multiple times over 3 years. Get bent, I'm not into furthering your resume and career. She made it abundantly clear when I first saw her for 5 minutes she didn't want to see patients but only research. Also said when asked about having her nurse call "I went to medical school, not business school".
 
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ronne

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So I just had my wisdom teeth removed at the age of 40 and it was an ordeal. They decided to all start moving and doing so quickly and they moved so much, so quick on the bottom they drilled into the neighboring teeth, chipping them down to the nerves. This was some of the worst pain I've ever had, causing me to even pass out at night a few times.

a month later I went in and got those two neighboring teeth looked at this morning and thinking I would need crowns or a root canal, they told me I'm going to need them pulled. I was already missing a tooth on the right side so I'd have almost no teeth on the lower right side, which means I'd need two implants. Due to losing so much bone over 18 years from missing a tooth I'd also need a bone graft on that side and then one implant on the other side.

With dental insurance, it's gonna run between $6000 - $8000 since one implant won't be covered since that tooth wasn't pulled while I was on that provider.

No idea how I'm going to afford any of this and in the meantime and still in considerable pain.

Fuck dental insurance in this country. So stressed out over this shit.

At that point it might be worth looking in to full denture replacement, no joke. I've got a couple friends around your age that have had it done due to years of teeth neglect and it was many times cheaper than trying to salvage what was left of the their original teeth, they look perfect, cleaning and maintenance is way easier, etc.
 

Tarrant

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At that point it might be worth looking in to full denture replacement, no joke. I've got a couple friends around your age that have had it done due to years of teeth neglect and it was many times cheaper than trying to salvage what was left of the their original teeth, they look perfect, cleaning and maintenance is way easier, etc.

rest of my teeth are fine, just the ones in question are the issue so no need to yank a ton of teeth.
 

ShakyJake

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About a year ago I start having what I think is typically called post-nasal-drip. It feels like I have a snotty nose but on the other end. Constantly making me clear my throat and swallowing. I've been to my GP who prescribed a few things which had no effect. I've also tried neti pots and over the counter allergy meds (and I typically do not get allergies like ever) and nothing.

Last resort is going to a ENT specialist. Just wondering if anyone here has had this problem and what resolved it.
 

Izo

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About a year ago I start having what I think is typically called post-nasal-drip. It feels like I have a snotty nose but on the other end. Constantly making me clear my throat and swallowing. I've been to my GP who prescribed a few things which had no effect. I've also tried neti pots and over the counter allergy meds (and I typically do not get allergies like ever) and nothing.

Last resort is going to a ENT specialist. Just wondering if anyone here has had this problem and what resolved it.
ENT. Probably chronic rhinitis. But get it checked, quality of life is important.
 
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About a year ago I start having what I think is typically called post-nasal-drip. Just wondering if anyone here has had this problem and what resolved it.
I've had mild post nasal drip my entire life. At one point in my 20's I did a battery of tests and it was posited that I have allergies to grass pollen and human skin. (So basically I'm fucked.) Over the counter medication barely makes enough difference to be worth using. When it gets bad in the springtime I use neti pots. That helps some and can occasionally prevent my annual sinus infection. I just have to live with needing to clear my throat every minute or two. Needless to say, that has made me very popular this past year.

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ronne

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Anyone ever had to try and dispute health insurance claims before? I got doored on my bicycle a month or so ago and went to the hospital cause there was blood coming out of me when I coughed. Nothing was actually wrong, got a chest CT, and sent home.

The hospital billed my insurance almost 10 grand for my ~3 hours I was there and the 0 actual treatment I received, and the insurance now trying to get me to pay ~3k of this after their plan "discounts", but neither of them seem to be willing or able to actually itemize for me what these charges are related to other than generic "emergency services" in every field.
 

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Anyone ever had to try and dispute health insurance claims before? I got doored on my bicycle a month or so ago and went to the hospital cause there was blood coming out of me when I coughed. Nothing was actually wrong, got a chest CT, and sent home.

The hospital billed my insurance almost 10 grand for my ~3 hours I was there and the 0 actual treatment I received, and the insurance now trying to get me to pay ~3k of this after their plan "discounts", but neither of them seem to be willing or able to actually itemize for me what these charges are related to other than generic "emergency services" in every field.

This is normal. ED visits and (most) services performed during such a visit are bundled under an "all in" CPT code, usually 99281, 2, 3, 4, or 5 depending on complexity.

If a hospital did something like bill 99285 when you were obviously low complexity, it might be possible to bring down the bill slightly by arguing that you should have been a 99281 or 99282, but in terms of a granular bill breakdown, you probably won't be able to get one.
 
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ronne

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This is normal. ED visits and (most) services performed during such a visit are bundled under an "all in" CPT code, usually 99281, 2, 3, 4, or 5 depending on complexity.

If a hospital did something like bill 99285 when you were obviously low complexity, it might be possible to bring down the bill slightly by arguing that you should have been a 99281 or 99282, but in terms of a granular bill breakdown, you probably won't be able to get one.

The part I don't get is I already got the claims for the actual services processed.

Like I got claims for the ER doc visit, the chest CT, chest/leg x-ray - that all made sense, and I owed some money for each but they were itemized for services provided and what everything was.

Then yesterday a new one showed up that was another ~9k billed to the insurance with everything as the generic "emergency services" and the hospital can't or won't tell me what any of that means? I'm still waiting for united health to call me back and try and explain some of this, but everything that happened during my visit already got billed/processed from what I can tell. It's not like I stayed overnight, or that they even treated anything while I was there, was just a bunch of imaging to make sure none of my insides were broken.
 

Kithani

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The part I don't get is I already got the claims for the actual services processed.

Like I got claims for the ER doc visit, the chest CT, chest/leg x-ray - that all made sense, and I owed some money for each but they were itemized for services provided and what everything was.

Then yesterday a new one showed up that was another ~9k billed to the insurance with everything as the generic "emergency services" and the hospital can't or won't tell me what any of that means? I'm still waiting for united health to call me back and try and explain some of this, but everything that happened during my visit already got billed/processed from what I can tell. It's not like I stayed overnight, or that they even treated anything while I was there, was just a bunch of imaging to make sure none of my insides were broken.
I don’t have anything helpful to say but as a doc this shit pisses me off so much. Guaranteed all the bullshit is to pay for 15 “administrators” and their assistants that we don’t even know what they even do and probably contribute about 15 hours of solid work per week.