$250 for a Dr Appointment for a 2nd Opinion...

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instead of having to wait till later in Sept, the nurse/receptionist rang to say I can take the apointment tomorrow!...WOW WOW WOW I thought.  Then, I dam near fell through the floor when told it was going to cost me $250..!!!!  Holy heck!!    The normal costs I had been quoted for just a Doctors visit is $55 - $70, but then have not been able to get in as they won't take casuals...!!!  grrrrr

However I am so so so grateful for this appointment.  This doctor is the 1 of 2 here in NP knowledgeable with Fibromyalgia.   WOW wow wow.... Hopefully I can get some REAL answers!!!

Please X fingers for me for a proper and REAL decent independant diagnostic, with REAL and Honest answers to what the condition/s is/are!!

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    Hi deb7936 Realy pleased for you that you can have an appointment tomorrow thats brill, especially with a dr thats knowledgable about fibro. feel for you with what its costing but Im sure it will be worth the cost please keep us posted. would like to know how you get on and what they have to say. fingers crossed for you take care gentle hugs x
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    Hi Deb

    Fingers crossed and hope your answers are answered.  You don't mind paying as long as you get results.

    Good Luck and pls keep us posted.

    Gentle Hugs wink xx

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    Hi Deb

    Good luck with you appointment, hope all goes well for you. Come back and let us all know how you got on..smile

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    Wow' deb...bit expensive ... At least you will pay with the knowledge that the doc has some...hope everything goes really well for you...gentle hugs...big claps.....be blessed..:-) xxx HOPE..
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    Hi Deb;  I have beeen waiting for the September visit to see how you get on.....but now we can find out sooner....(as for the cost, you should be able to get at least 85% of same back through your national health.....we over the strait get that amount back from specialists through Mediare......and for GP visits 75%......if you are paying $75 for a GP visit, here That amount is too much for what the AMA recommend.....$50 is normal price for AMA pricing....with $37.40 refunded....$250 is the normal for a Specialist First Consultation, but usually drops for further consults.....maybe he may take pity on you, if you tell him that you are on a pension.....I am not, but do know that some over here in Brisbane, charge only the Medicare Rebate for specialists' visits????).......am awaiting your news.....Bron
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      Our system here won't assist me with any monies toward the visit.  If I was 'possibly lucky enough' to have gotten a visit to a doctor via the public hospital through our system (I would have a long wait), the system would arrange it.  But the catch is, folk have to be willing and be prepared to go through the Path system where by you get diagnosed and then they assist you into work.  That is all very good to a point, but for me here living here tempory, it doesn't work out.  I actually live in the South Isl. Only up here temp.  

      Down south where I am, we don't have a Path/Pathways system set up.  

      Our system/s policies and procedures are interpreted and implemented by folk that are not always 'up with the play/system'..  Sad but true...  And they can be very 'hard ass' when it suits them.

      Not very helpful at all to those struggling and trying to help themselves to live with or without disabilities and/or to get ahead with work.

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    Hi EVERYONE... and WOW 'THANK YOU'... Thank you ALL so very VERY much for your KIND support..!!   That means a lot to me!  As does getting it 'Confirmed that I do officially have Fibromyalgia'...    I know it's not everyones Dream wish to have that sort of diagnostic, but it means an end to all the Mystery and constant bagging from folk who say, 'but you look so good, so well, so how come you can't do this that and the other.  And the Pain is all in your head crap'.....

    After the full once over and full on chat chat and honest inquiries of my overall health, my accident, my previous health and details, my weight and BP even..! The Doctor sat me down, sat close, looked at me closely and told me I definitely have Fibro, and explained it's not in your head. It's the pain receptors under your skin that are skew wiff with the brains ability to acknowledge what a gentle touch or pressure is...Messages get relayed and skewed.  I cannot actually remember exactly what he said now... dammit!!!!...   Saying also that some folk can have a remission time where they feel really good and pain free, and some don't, and everyone is different.  As well as every doctor may also be different with their awareness and version of what is Fibro.  

    I told him the best time I have is like for 12 hours maybe nearly 24 hours one every 6 - 7 months if I'm lucky..  And WOW what a reprieve it is to be pain free and like your physical is back to normal again...  Then BAM...your wacked in body with a BIG BODY BAT a few times, and then Boulder Rolled,  lol...

    Anyway, I had a few tears on the spot, and said I'll probably have a wee cry in the car or at home later.  It's just been such a long long long time with NO diagnostics.

    As for the Red things on my legs, he has taken photo's and a video clip to show his colleagues, he's not sure what they are.  It isn't an actual skin condition, it is to do with the blood vessels themselves.  They are really sore if pressed and have lumps underneath.  So I'll have to wait and see what he and his colleagues have to say later.

    I am to expect a report in about a week or week and a half...  Will be able to then tell you exactly what he's said then.

    HUGE THANKS everyone!!!

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      Hi deb97936 Thats brillent news that you know have finally been diagnosed, a huge relief for you. The dr you saw sounds fantastic and knowledgeable and to explain it all to you as well.many drs dont even do that take care gentle hugs x
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      Thank you kaz...  thank you..   Yes he is a really good honest and caring chap, very knowledgeable.  Just wish I could remember everything he explained to me.  He did say it is important to get some gentle physical exercise and to maintain a good sleep routine. And yeah, there is NO cure.
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      We'll done deb, a diagnosis is a real celebration, for our years of not knowing why our health has been the way it was..as Kaz always says..onwards and upwards now...be blessed deb...have a lovely day..:-) xxx
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      Thank you Christine.. thank you...  Every day is a good day, onwards and upwards is for me about the mental effort coping, getting through and over the day.  That to me is a reward in itself, and even better if I get some bits and bobs done or something to show for the day.  :-)  If not, there is tomorrow...
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      Each day we get through is a battle won, if we can keep positive easier said than done at times but if we can, and try no to worry and stress it does help where our pain levels are concerned. my pain at the min is level 10 fibro certainly isnt helping where my slipped disc is concerned.rolleyes onwards upwards battle on gentle hugs  
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      Have they sent you to a chiroprator or similar to help ease it back into place?  Poor thing, I know it isn't a nice situation to be in.  

      Rest up, feet up with a cuppa....  if you can  :-)

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      hi deb97936 no dr didnt mention anything about a chiropractor when I spoke to him this morning. looks well when treating yourself to having your hair done causes you painrolleyes never mind plod x gentle hug take care x
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      It's a lot of information to take on board.  Best way is staying positive and taking one day at time. Take breaks when needed and not to overdo things.  Onwards and upwards is the way forward.

      Gentle hugs and take care. wink x

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      Hi Deb; yes me let me know what the docs come up with re the "lumps/sores' on legs, as would appreciate the results (have a grand-daughter who has similar)......hoping you are now able to put some Self-care into your daily  plans  ....this I think is where I finally started to accept and move forward, once I had my Official Diagnosis.....but Please be aware that others still won't accept Trully that any stressors will set you on a re-bound.......this I still have to endure from my family (they say they Know...but continue to cause me stress....and to my disadvantage.....as with my Jaw)................Bron
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