Getting copies of any records is

May 21, 2007 at 10:04 pm

useful in the long term. Especially if you are in a job or situation where you have to change doctors to those that meet your current needs more specifically. Many offices do not keep records for extended periods of time, some 2, 4, 6 or 10 years-once those records are shredded. They are GONE. Further some insurance companies won’t approve special testing more than X times a year or X times in Y years, unless it’s some sort of drastic situation. Having copies for you to share with docs, saves you the hassle of getting any pre-clearances by insurace for a new test[s] or plain old having it done un-necessarily.
On one occasion, my having copies of many [not all of the records] saved me time during a second opinon consult, when the records I had been assured were not only sent and received…weren’t there for the appointment. The one set of info I would not include at first is copies of any prior neuro opinons about my condition. I have found if you seek an opinon for a doc at a ‘competing’ hospital, and not plain old facts…well, that second doc has to prove the first one wrong -different approaches, philosophies, or whatever. Any new evaluations should be made on facts, test results, films and any PT evaluations. New looks at established info, and maybe updates on some tests can-not ever hurt. I consider that I am fortunate that I only have had to see six neurologists since my intitial diagnosis and current one. I know of many here and elsewhere who have been around the block by the dozens. I hope truly, that others are like you Michael, as lucky in the future. The sooner this condition is treated, the better for all!