I think I've been turned down by another doctor!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bellesmom, Dec 6, 2002.

  1. Bellesmom

    Bellesmom New Member

    I got my nerve back up and called a naturopath that also had been highly recommended - there are so few Fibro specialists in my area (some charge $200/hr - that's out of the question). I called and explained my situation. Everything was fine until I mentioned I had a pending disability claim (should I lie?). The receptionist's voice went down an octave, she said I'll have to talk to the doctor and call you back. She didn't even take my phone number until I asked her if she wanted it. It's been 4 hours and no one has called me back.

    Is there something wrong with me?

    Pam
  2. Bellesmom

    Bellesmom New Member

    I got my nerve back up and called a naturopath that also had been highly recommended - there are so few Fibro specialists in my area (some charge $200/hr - that's out of the question). I called and explained my situation. Everything was fine until I mentioned I had a pending disability claim (should I lie?). The receptionist's voice went down an octave, she said I'll have to talk to the doctor and call you back. She didn't even take my phone number until I asked her if she wanted it. It's been 4 hours and no one has called me back.

    Is there something wrong with me?

    Pam
  3. catgal

    catgal New Member

    As a therapist I know the curse of the helping profession is that we are so bogged down with paper work that it seems we squeeze the patients inbetween the paperwork. This doctor may just not want to get involved with a patient he is going to have to put alot of time into documenting your case. Or maybe he is very busy today. Also some doctors have issues about helping people get on disability when they have invisible or controversial diseases. Many physicians feel that alot of people already on disability could find some kind of work that accommodated their illness. And this a sad situation for us.

    I have FM,CFS, Degenerative Disc Disease (ddd), Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis, and severe Asthma & allergies. As debilitating and painful as the ddd is to me--he told me that I would come closer to getting disability for my "life threating" asthma then I would for any of my other ailments. For when I have a bad asthma attack--this is something he can see; the respiratory machines go code red; and I can't breathe and my face turns blue. I've almost died from the Asthma a couple of times, and when I see him every month for my med refills for my back pain--he is much more concerned about how my asthma is doing. He says no one ever died from FM, CFS, or DDD--but asthma can kill you.

    I know he would never consider helping me file disability on my back because my case would basically be based on self-report of how disabled I feel. But he doesn't want to get involved in all the paperwork, specific documentation, and take time to go to the disability hearing. He says he has his fill of that with cancer patients.

    If this doc doesn't call you back within the 24 hours, I'd suggest you find another provider. He may not be interested in having to develop specific documentation to back up your disabiity claim.

    It isn't you. Your request is legitimate--just find a provider that is willing to help you--or even one who specializes in disability claims. Best Wishes, Carol....
  4. JP

    JP New Member

    Hi Pam,

    So sorry to hear of your difficulties.

    As for the $200 for the hour, that's in the neighborhood. After they pay their overhead there is not much left. Is your disability work comp? Many docs will not take work comp cases cause they need to put food on the table and food on the table of their employees. The paper work involved is enormous, especially for complicated cases. The paper work can go on for years. The reimbursement rate is also less than social security. I wish I had something more positive to add or could give you suggestions.

    I do wish you the best. You might try calling the office back and asking about your options if the disability case is what might keep you out of the practice.

    Take care,
    Jan