OT-DR appt update-I'm FURIOUS
I'm going to summarize as best I can. Really overwhelmed and down.
Had my "follow up" appointment yesterday. Pelvic pain has been worse since I finished the round of antibiotics. Constant throbbing. Not crippling, but 24/7 "ow".
Got to my appointment. Front desk refused to admit me unless I paid my balance from my first visit I think from the end of January. I have health insurance, but was still waiting for my HSA card to come in the mail. Been waiting over a month and they knew this. This one bill was for over $500 and they said give us a card to run or leave. That should have been my first omen.
Got that taken care of.
Brought into the room where there was a pelvic ultrasound machine and was told to put the gown on and wait. Also informed that my doctor had a student with her that would be "observing" my visit. Okaaay....would've been nice to know that earlier.....
I wait...and wait...and wait...and a young woman comes in and asks about "my symptoms" etc. She leaves to relay the info with the doctor (not sure why?) and I wait more.
Both the doctor and student come back in. Doctor asks me "why are you here?" I am confused because I was told by the clinic that due to being diagnosed with PID I had to have two follow up appointments after finishing the antibiotics from hell, hence this visit. The clinic had called ME.
Doctor looks me in the eye and claims she NEVER TOLD ME I HAD P.I.D.
I was stunned into silence....earlier that morning I had printed out my chart from their website....on the chart is has this doctor's name, my name, and a diagnosis that literally says "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease". It also has a second doctor that did the injections, and the diagnosis listed there is also "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease". I took antibiotics for TWO WEEKS and was given INJECTIONS.
I let her know I still have pain on the same side. She asks me to show her and starts pushing on my pelvis. There was pain on that side when she pushed but she dismissed it. I asked if we were going to do another ultrasound to see if the tube swelling had decreased and she said NO, it wouldn't tell us anything.
Um....then how am I supposed to know if my tube swelling has gone down??
I asked if I should get an MRI since that is more detailed and would show any signs of endometriosis and she stopped me mid-sentence and said "You don't have endometriosis".
She asks about my bathroom habits and I tell her I haven't been having any issues and nothing is wrong in that area.
I tried to ask if she could test me for a possible yeast infection since I got off the antibiotics and maybe that is why I still have pain and discomfort, she ignored me, then when I asked again (thought she didn't hear me) she said no.
I try to bring up feeling worse since the antibiotics and she dismisses me again and says she is going to WRITE ME A PRESCRIPTION FOR MALOX AND COME BACK IN 6 MONTHS.
They were nice enough to only charge me $95.00
$95.00 for not even a 1/2 hour one-sided discussion and dismissal of my problems, and a denial of her diagnosis.
I called one of the three women's health clinics that are in-network for my insurance and the soonest they can get me in is April 26.
I feel like I just spent over $800 to be LIED TO and I don't want to pay for my last "visit".
My three in network clinic choices are Fairview Maple Grove, Park Nicollete, and the U of M. When I called the U of M to inquire about the cost of a visit he got my insurance info and said "based on your plan, I don't recommend coming here because you will get two bills: one from the clinic and one from the doctor due to how this clinic is classified". So I guess I'm down to two.
Edited to add- was able to get an appointment at Park Nicollet on April 5th...it is more expensive and the doctor is a "he" but I want answers. Not willing to wait until 4/26 for Fairview clinic.
also adding no blood tests were ever performed, my MIL was furious that this had not been done and said that it should've been standard procedure. Any truth in this? She thinks I might have a...don't know the medical term but it's when a fertilized egg gets stuck in your tube? She said it's microscopic and could be causing the swelling but could also be too small to be seen with a standard ultrasound.