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It is my life my choice

Posted by on Jul. 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM
Ida
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 I got my results from my gyno exams from my dr and I ask for a written copy for my records in case the office closes  I like to have one on hand if I need it. 

On the phone she said everything was good well I got the written report it says clinacal correlation is reccommended so I called and she said an ultra sound is what was suggested but she figured give it a year and then do one if it comes back the same. 

OK I let her have it I told her why wait a year and if it is precancer or cancer let it grow for that amount of time it should be my choice not hers.  She said well most women don't want to do it because it last about 15 minutes and  is uncomfortable.  Cancer runs in my family and I am tough enough to take 15 minutes of discomfort rather than worry for a year or even worse deal with cancer a year from now.  I always get a copy of written reports and am glad I got this one I will be getting the ultra sound in about a week.

I can't believe a dr would make a decision that could be life threatening  without giving the patient an option especially since she told me I didn't have to come back for 3 years.  If I hadn't asked for the report she wouldn't have given me the option of coming back in a year and thinking everything was normal would have waited 3 like I was told.   The reason she gave was about 80% of the time it is nothing in women over 40 just wondering what about the other 20% that is why it should be the patient who makes the decision  since they have to live with it.

 I am posting this so others might want to check the reports instead of taking the drs word for it.

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PinkieRed
by on Jul. 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Good for you! That's a shame that the doctor didn't tell you about the test results upfront. I'd rather get the ultrasound too, then find out bad news after it's already too late.

I went to a pulmonary specialist, a few months ago, because I had a recurring bout of bronchitis, with wheezing and coughing, that didn't clear up after a visit with a regular doctor. She sent me to take an extensive pulmonary exam, to check for asthma, but I never got the results from it.  I finished all my medications, and was feeling mostly OK until about a month ago, when all the coughing and wheezing came back.

I called the doctor's office the other day to find out the results, and also to see what else she could prescribe me for the coughing and wheezing, since the Albuterol inhaler I have hasn't been helping, and this incredibly hot weather we've had here in the Cleveland area lately has made it so hard for me to breathe.

Here I found out that the test shows that I have signs of asthma, and that I need to go on a long term daily asthma medication. How nice of the doctor's office to not tell me that until I asked! The hospital system the doctor is a part of has online medical records, where patients can register for an account to view their records, test results, etc. over the Internet, but my test results were never entered into it. They sure didn't waste any time though sending me a $750 bill, for the test/dr visit, which my insurance only partly covered!

I hate when doctors are poor at follow up. I hope your ultrasound goes well, and that everything is fine.

02nana07
by Ida on Jul. 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM
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 The dr called me with the results herself since I had to redo the pap test doing to the 1st one being unreadable.   The funny part is when they mailed the copy she called again to explain the results and how she chose to wait which the way everything  has been going and how tired and stressed I am she got an earful LOL. 

I know what you mean about doing the test and charging but not really letting you know  the results I bet if they didn't get paid until you signed off that you understood drs would follow up better

Quoting PinkieRed:

Good for you! That's a shame that the doctor didn't tell you about the test results upfront. I'd rather get the ultrasound too, then find out bad news after it's already too late.

I went to a pulmonary specialist, a few months ago, because I had a recurring bout of bronchitis, with wheezing and coughing, that didn't clear up after a visit with a regular doctor. She sent me to take an extensive pulmonary exam, to check for asthma, but I never got the results from it.  I finished all my medications, and was feeling mostly OK until about a month ago, when all the coughing and wheezing came back.

I called the doctor's office the other day to find out the results, and also to see what else she could prescribe me for the coughing and wheezing, since the Albuterol inhaler I have hasn't been helping. Here I found out that the test shows that I have signs of asthma, and that I need to go on a long term daily asthma medication. How nice of the doctor's office to not tell me that until I asked! But they sure didn't waste any time sending me a $750 bill, for the test/dr visit, which my insurance only partly covered!

I hate when doctors are poor at follow up. I hope your ultrasound goes well, and that everything is fine.

 

ashleighmama
by Ashleigh on Jul. 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM
Oh wow! I'm so glad you now have the right info.! You're right, it IS your life and it IS your choice! Good for you for taking matters into your own hands!
annie2244
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Clinical correlation doesn't tell you what the pap smear results were  - what type of cells did they find?? All you know is just that more evaluation is advised. To know what you should do next, what risk you are at, you need the actual results.

If it was me, I'd print out this grid, and call the doctor and get an understanding of the actual findings, and then I'd be googling about credible medical websites to learn more.

Good for you for taking action. I did the same thing when my colonoscopy found a pre-cancerous polyp. I googled for national recommendations for subsequent followup and then had an email exchange with my provider in which I compared her followup recommendations with ones from national medical organizations, and we arrived at a followup plan that makes sense to both of us.

Here's the table you should print out and discuss with your provider:

Table: Pap Test Results and Follow-Up  

Pap Test Results and Follow-Up: Current Guidelines ... Repeat Pap in 1 to 3 years depending on risk status. ... If age >40, clinical correlation is recommended.
www.migrantclinician.org/service.dl.php?fid=52
DarlaHood
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I'm glad you're making people aware.  I have learned this through several different issues with doctors.  I always ask for copies and explanations of everything!!

PurpleHazey
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Wow really, my dr. would have it done now and another one later, I would of gave it to her too!

PurpleHazey
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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Quoting DarlaHood:

I'm glad you're making people aware.  I have learned this through several different issues with doctors.  I always ask for copies and explanations of everything!!

I have the greatest dr. he explains and tells me what my options are and what he feels would be the right thing to do.

tyfry7496
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Mine would too.

Quoting PurpleHazey:

Wow really, my dr. would have it done now and another one later, I would of gave it to her too!

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02nana07
by Ida on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

 even though with my age there is only a slight chance of it being cancer I don't like to take chances when I can do something.

Quoting ashleighmama:

Oh wow! I'm so glad you now have the right info.! You're right, it IS your life and it IS your choice! Good for you for taking matters into your own hands!

 

02nana07
by Ida on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM

 I know I have the results clinical correlation is what was reccomended by the lab.

I went to the site and due to age it states it is most likely nothing but gives several choices and the ultasound is one so I am going to do that since I am to impatient to wait 1-3 years which is another option

Quoting annie2244:

Clinical correlation doesn't tell you what the pap smear results were  - what type of cells did they find?? All you know is just that more evaluation is advised. To know what you should do next, what risk you are at, you need the actual results.

If it was me, I'd print out this grid, and call the doctor and get an understanding of the actual findings, and then I'd be googling about credible medical websites to learn more.

Good for you for taking action. I did the same thing when my colonoscopy found a pre-cancerous polyp. I googled for national recommendations for subsequent followup and then had an email exchange with my provider in which I compared her followup recommendations with ones from national medical organizations, and we arrived at a followup plan that makes sense to both of us.

Here's the table you should print out and discuss with your provider:

Table: Pap Test Results and Follow-Up  

Pap Test Results and Follow-Up: Current Guidelines ... Repeat Pap in 1 to 3 years depending on risk status. ... If age >40, clinical correlation is recommended.
www.migrantclinician.org/service.dl.php?fid=52

 

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