I am not one to look over my med charts or ask for copies. We are on a system where we can look up records online, at least for some visits. I was shocked and very upset when looking back at some lately online and found that the docs---well, actually the med techs or nurses had written in their VERSION of my problem (chief complaint) on my chart. Last week I went in to doc after having numbness in extremities on one side, "gurgling sounds" in ear on that side, headache, heart jumps, and deep leg pain. also REALLY confused and brain function almost comes to a halt. This lasted about 30 seconds to 2 minutes and a nurse on phone told me to come in just in case it was a 'TIA'. (this happened 4 times so far). Went in, the PA sent me home with the whole "not to worry" thing. I found yesterday when looking over old test results, that my explanation of what was going on at the appointment last week was simply written on my chart as "leg pain" . WHAT!!!! I live with pain everyday and extremely rarely go in for pain management. I couldn't believe that after 2 nurses had to prod me to get in to doc and not let these symptoms slide, I find that the docs hadnt even documented what really was going on! From now on I will stand right there and look on the computer screen to see what they are writing down and make myself very clear. I can see now how things get missed or "hidden" at the docs offices. My brother was found to have luekemia after complaining for over 2 years at his exams that he had inflamed and painful lymph nodes. docs attributed to a cold or virus. He continued to explain and show them the nodules. Not until he had one become very enlarged in groin area and my brothers' wife DEMANDED them to test it, was it found that he had leukemia. When going back to all of his charts, he found absolutely NO documentation of his complaints about the sore inflamed nodes, along with other symptoms including dizziness and fatigue. (Symtoms that were WAY strange for him, considering he was healthy as a horse most of his life). It is very important for us to make sure everything is getting into our records correctly, not just for legal issues, but if docs need to go back and look at our case, or maybe a second opinion is requested, you want them to see the whole picture. No wonder we get the rolled eyes and such when we come in "AGAIN". They write down the same thing every time....pain, chronic fatigue, etc. and dont categorize it or explain it. They could be missing important pieces of the puzzle that is our disease. And sometimes a different tx plan would be given if they LISTEN to us and LIST what our problems and concerns are.