Re: obtaining medical records

From: Millie (
Sun Mar 4 21:52:35 2001

Dear Jean, I will call again this week to see how the medical records are progressing. Last week they called me and said that ob/gyn still had not had the records of my hospital stay and discharge transcribed. It's been 5 weeks, so I will just call with a friendly reminder. Millie

>----- Original Message -----
From: "Jean Long" <> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 10:55 PM Subject: Re: obtaining medical records

> I also had problems obtaining my medical records.
> I had to pay for them with one of my doctors, but not all of them.
> They ALL would only send them to the doctor not me at first, which they
did. You do have to sign a consent form first. >
> I needed them again and had to go through the same thing to get them
again. > This time "I" was stern with them and demanded they give them directly to
me since I will need them for several doctors in the future. I had to sign new release forms releasing them to me instead of a doctor. The doctor who charged said "I can't keep giving these to you all the time", to which I remarked "If you would have given them to me the first time we wouldn't be going through this again!". I was charged a second time but I got them!!! > I also got them from my other doctors.
> I have had 17 surgeries, almost all with different doctors.
> Quote of the day:
> Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may
not lead. "Walk beside me and be my friend."

>> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "CherylCole" <>
> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS"
<> > Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 10:40 PM
> Subject: obtaining medical records
> I am having a BIG problem obtaining my medical records from my Dr.s.
> Either they want to charge a fee( $10.00 PER PAGE) or they tell me to
> have my new Dr. contact them and they will supply the records to the
> new Dr. as a curtesy. I did try that and the new Dr. only got a phone
> call, not the records. Has anyone had similar experience? What do you
> have to do to get a copy of your own records for yourself? My ob/gyn
> tried to do a laproscope procedure but couln't do anything because of
> too many adhesions. She referred me to a surgeon. I went to him and he
> never got any records from her, but told me he wouldn't do anything for
> me, on the basis of a phone call with her. He has recommended a surgeon
> who specilizes in adhesions. Obviously a specialist would want records,
> wouldn't they?! I have a primary care Dr, an uroligist, a breast
> surgeon, a gastrolegist(?), an ob/gyn and a pain management clinic. That
> is a lot of records to pay for. I am also having trouble getting
> information sent to my employer. I have been on sick leave for 10
> months. I have pain all the time in my lower back and abdomin. Trouble
> with constipation, and diareha, and pencil thin stools. Sometimes it
> takes alot of straining to urinate and my bladder never fully empties.
> The urge to urinate comes on strong and suddenly. Unlike like most of
> everyone here I have not lost weight, but gained about 10 lbs: probably
> because of inactivity. Sorry to get so long winded, mostly wanted to
> get advice about obtaining medical records. By the way, I have learned
> a great deal about adhesions from this site. I can't believe what some
> of you have been through and you all have my thoughts and prayers.
> --
> Cheryl

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