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   Posted 10/13/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
So I thought that since I know it is really hard to find a PM doc that will take new pts on medicaid, I decided to check around first. My first PC appt is on thurs at 2:15, and she already knows my history and will give me any referral I ask for. Back when I was preg with my son, I had to have an EEG for some stupid reason, and I was sent to a neurologist in Tampa. While I was there I asked her if she handled any PM for medicaid, and she said that if I got regular medicaid (instead of pregnancy medicaid) that she would take me as a pt. Its like a year and a half later or something, and I didnt expect her to still take medicaid, but I called her today, and she does!!! I have to pick some kind of HMO within medicaid, and she told me the types that they accept, so now all I have to do is call medicaid and pick one of the plans that she told me about.
I dont know this dr, I only met her once, but when I had that EEG, she was very informative, and she listened and spent adequate time with me. Even though it was for a different reason, I felt comfortable with her. I dont want to get my hopes up too much, but I think that this is a good thing. It couldn't have come at a better time.
I have spent the last couple of days feeling soooo negative. Everyone that I know who has pain issues and medicaid arent able to get the PM
drs, and Ive been wallowing in self pity and fear. I suppose that something can go wrong still, but I refuse to think about that now. I am so excited and relieved and I dont know how I'm going to wait how ever many weeks it takes to get in, but I have a set of specific things to do to get this done, where before it was all theoretical. I just go to my PC dr, get the referral, pick a plan with medicaid that both doctors will accept and that should be it.
After feeling low and hopless for so long, I now have at least something. I just dont know what to do with my self for the wait inbetween. Sorry Its hard to explain... like an emotional roller coaster. I just cant wait. Thank you all for being there for me and I cant wait to tell you what happens.
Degenerative Disk Disease, 3 deteriorated and 2 of those are also herniated in lumbar spine, also 2 herniated in C-spine. Psoriatic Arthritis, with the sholders, hands, left hip, and knees affected the most. Major anxiety and depression issues. Wishing I could learn to live with this.

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   Posted 10/13/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
That's wonderful news! How about asking your PC (do you mean your primary care doc?) for something to help you temporarily until you get to the PM doctor. Especially if he/she is making the referral, they may be willing to give you a time-limited supply of some short acting medications. Try to see if you can learn (there may be a way you can check your state's website) what medications your Medicaid will cover - it will save you and your doctors some grief.

Here's another thought. While you're in with your PC doctor, ask him/her about the different Medicaid HMO's and how they view them; what I'm getting at is that an HMO that the doctors find easier to deal with, and/or reimburses a little better, is one they're more likely to not opt out of later on.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!


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   Posted 10/13/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with PALady that's some great news! Hope you can get the relief you need...
Lots and lots of soft hugz..
Keep us posted, as to how things go on thursday!
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   Posted 10/13/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news Pixie!! This Dr. sounds like a GEM!


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   Posted 10/13/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great. The waiting is always the very worst for all of us. Everyone on this forum has felt just as you have at some time or another. Otherwise, I am not sure we would be human. Now, call some lawyer ref services and see what you can line up there. Good luck.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 10/14/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Pixie,
     Good morning! *huggs* It is so good to catch up with you. How are you doing this morning? I hope you are doing okay, pain wise. I hope you try to relax as much as possible. I am doing good here, and very glad my heater was finally switched over :-)
     That is just fantastic news about Neuro! *huggs* I admitt, knowing all the trouble you have had to go throu finding a doctor... !! Was buggin me to no end!! I never will understand why so many folks have a hard time finding PMs who take on new patients. But, thats in the past for you! Thank goodness. In any case, I just wanted to stop by with a *hugg* and say I am so relieved help is on the way for you! Stay strong!
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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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