Re: obtaining medical records

From: Millie (
Sun Mar 4 21:58:14 2001

Dear Cheryl, I am trying to get all of my medical records released to myself, too. Last week they called me and said that the ob/gyn hadn't yet had my hospital and discharge records transcribed. It has been 5 weeks. I was told I could fax a handwritten letter with the specifics to the med. records dept., and I wouldn't have to go through the ob/gyn. I'm sure she'd give me a hard time - like with everything else. Just keep after them, and don't let them think that you will give up. Be persistent. I had the same problem when I went for a second opinion to a ob/gyn. He called the original ob/gyn and left at least 3 messages, and the calls were never returned. Good luck. Millie

>----- 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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