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RE: Doctor abbreviations
Thanks f/ the offer, but I think I'm good. Dr. M's office just sent me a form to show me what they would fill out with my diagnosis, cost, and description of the services. If I use her I'll submit that first. My BCBS rep said we have to do that if going out of country. Now I just need to wait until BCBS insurance kicks in and make my final decision on doctor.
For me and I think most on the board Dr. M = Dr. UM = Dr. Muschaweck.
Re: the article...
For me if I didn't play soccer I would never have known I had the inguinal hernias. In fact Dr. M suggested I've had them for some time. It also took seven months to diagnose. Dr. M did not need the sonogram to diagnose - she used it to verify to me (she was positive). Three other doctors couldn't tell by physical exam. Nor my MRI. So the first paragraph rings true to me.
The rest of the article - not so sure. A majority of patients experience reagravation? Not from the numbers I've seen. The point about waiting for surgery - in general if a problem doesn't pose an immediate health risk you should try to delay surgery, however I'm not sure the reasons given in the article would be the reasons doctors give. And this doesn't take into account that the problem may be limiting someones lifestyle (soccer for me). I can live with this problem right now except that it is impacting me playing soccer and that's why I will get surgery now, not later. I don't want a sedentary lifestyle so I can delay surgery.
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