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   Posted 8/17/2007 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
has anyone ever tried on line doctor consults.  Are they for real or are they a scam.  Someone suggested that i try that for my pain control until i can get an appointment with a pain clinic for my fms.  any feedback would be great.

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   Posted 8/17/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shell,

My gut says they are a scam and stay away. Any doctor who's legit isn't going to resort to the internet to care for patients. Also, if it's truly a doc and they get you narcotic meds I'm pretty sure it's illegal. I don't have proof but I also know there's no way a doc can give you good, honest care without ever seeing you.

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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I would stay away too. You dont know these people from atom .
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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm new and this is my first post at healingwell so forgive any faux pas.  I am a patient at the Madison Pain Clinic in Dallas, TX although I live in northern Wisconsin.  I am finally receiving decent, effective, respectful and responsive pain treatment for intractable pain.  I have 5, yes 5, acute vertebra fractures in my spine, severe stenosis, and deteriorating disc disease.  I am getting shorter as my disks thin out, lost almost 3inches so far. I live in a sparsly populated area with limited choices and have been unable to find a Dr. that will prescribe high enough doses of opiod meds to keep me out of agony. Madison Clinic is required by the DEA  to jump thru certain hoops to prescribe and send me my hydrocodone (10/325 Norco 150 count/month ).  I do phone consults with their Doc which are brief and painless. It is all expensive and as true medical care it falls sadly short.  I can and do receive excellent care from my Internal Medicine primary Doc, just can't get adequate pain relief because my pain level is very high,  I'm on the 100 fentanyl patch but need about 20mgs. of hydro every three hours 24-7. They aren't all bad and the DEA makes them necessary for some of us.  Tracimom 
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   Posted 8/18/2007 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
shellbug- you could also try a visit to the local ER, or even call a doctor that you are trying to get in with to see if they can give you any idea of how to get pain treatment until you get in.
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   Posted 8/22/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   

My gut instict was always that it was a scam and very dangerous! My insurance company just sent out letter outlining some changes and one of those changes is that they will cover online docotors appointments. To me, this sounds like a BAD BAD BAD BAD idea!! ESPECIALLY if this doctor is going to be prescribing you medications, especially narcotic medications. How can a doctor be sure what is best for you without even seeing you? I would also be concerned that they didn't have all of your medical records or history and it jsut seems that it could lead to a dangerous situation. Check out your local clinics before you go this route.

It is however lovely that doctors have found a way to charge you a crap load of money without having to even see you! Heck, you could be talking ot his 10 ys old daughter. Leave it to the money grubbing medical industry! *sigh*


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