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He's 78. He's been practicing over 50 years.  He doesn't do insurance - you pay in cash at time of service.   He keeps his own schedule and records.  He gives out his actual phone number to his patients.  Neither of us wore a mask at my appointment.  I was there to get his signature on the medical form for a scuba class... turns out - he's done a lot of diving... and he started doing it when the Aqualung that Cousteau developed was "the latest thing!"  He says the best diving ever is off Bonaire... weirdly enough that is where my scuba instructor is this week.  Anyway, I got a sign-off, and some cool stories, and another possible treatment (NOT surgery) for my stupid shoulder if the cortisone shot doesn't work in the  long-term.  I think he has more common sense in his little finger than most of the rest of the world added together.  I might have to start saving for a vacation to Bonaire, if travel ever stops being such a PITA.

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My long time doctor retired a couple years ago. Still going to that office but now being seen by a PA. I’m wondering if I shouldn’t get a doctor in my town rather than that next town over since that connection has ended. 

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28 minutes ago, MO Fugga said:

Wish we had a "family doctor". ****'s all piecemeal these days. 

Part of the reason I see this one is so SOMEONE gets all the info from all the specialists, and keeps an eye on it all.   I don't like the piecemeal aspect of healthcare today, because I read about  too many examples of medical  errors arising from lack of oversight.

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27 minutes ago, railfancwb said:

My long time doctor retired a couple years ago. Still going to that office but now being seen by a PA. I’m wondering if I shouldn’t get a doctor in my town rather than that next town over since that connection has ended. 

Yeah, I actually had a PA I really liked for several years... when she left the practice, I was getting randomly handed to whomever had a space in their schedule.  Didn't much like that. I finally started seeing this doc in his own practice - I'm going to be REALLY BUMMED if he ever retires...

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4 hours ago, Mrs.Cicero said:

He's 78. He's been practicing over 50 years.  He doesn't do insurance - you pay in cash at time of service.   He keeps his own schedule and records.  He gives out his actual phone number to his patients.  Neither of us wore a mask at my appointment.  I was there to get his signature on the medical form for a scuba class... turns out - he's done a lot of diving... and he started doing it when the Aqualung that Cousteau developed was "the latest thing!"  He says the best diving ever is off Bonaire... weirdly enough that is where my scuba instructor is this week.  Anyway, I got a sign-off, and some cool stories, and another possible treatment (NOT surgery) for my stupid shoulder if the cortisone shot doesn't work in the  long-term.  I think he has more common sense in his little finger than most of the rest of the world added together.  I might have to start saving for a vacation to Bonaire, if travel ever stops being such a PITA.

Only a comment on the Cortisone shot.

I get them on my knees Arthritis and shoulder Bursitis every 3 to 4 months.  They do help.  Just don't get them too soon after the last one, they can be harmful if taken too soon.

The shoulder shot for Bursitis can be more effective if given directly into the Bursa. However, this requires needle positioning by x-ray for the shot.  So, it's more expensive.

I use pain patches on my shoulder when It's too soon for the shot.  Salon Pas with Lidocaine works for around 4 hours.

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I like our current doc. Down to earth and no nonsense. He and his wife are in the practice. A NP that I knew from another life is there as well, and we like her. She is the wildcard in the problem, but still pretty on target.

I hate being passed around and won't do it. Too many chances for missing something, reliving an old problem or failure, and having to get your point across. They get all butthurt when you tell them been there done that burned the t shirt because it was a total disaster. Had several tell me to try it anyway. What part of what I just told you ran straight through your empty head? Do you know the definition of insanity? Won't be run through like livestock through the sale barn either. Nope.

I had a Ortho doc try injections several times, never found any benefit from any of them, but I guess he had to try it. I missed the memo on the shoulder, but having one broken into pieces and wrecking the rotator cuff in the other one trying to compensate, I can sympathize.

Good luck Mrs. C.

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11 hours ago, Maser said:

So is he a good doctor? 

So far, so good.  (He was my daughter's doc before he was mine, so I knew him before I started seeing him for me).  He had a number of things to suggest re: the shoulder, including the idea that if nothing else works after trying it all, there is a non-FDA approved, not-payable-by-insurance, somewhat expensive, experimental  treatment involving injecting stem cell products (very careful to point out the stem cells are from umbilical cords of babies born by C-section, not aborted fetal tissue) into the problem joint.  So, he's definitely up-to-date on medical options...

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4 hours ago, Mrs.Cicero said:

So far, so good.  (He was my daughter's doc before he was mine, so I knew him before I started seeing him for me).  He had a number of things to suggest re: the shoulder, including the idea that if nothing else works after trying it all, there is a non-FDA approved, not-payable-by-insurance, somewhat expensive, experimental  treatment involving injecting stem cell products (very careful to point out the stem cells are from umbilical cords of babies born by C-section, not aborted fetal tissue) into the problem joint.  So, he's definitely up-to-date on medical options...

Ask him about amniotic fluid injection.

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On 1/14/2022 at 9:49 AM, Mrs.Cicero said:

So far, so good.  (He was my daughter's doc before he was mine, so I knew him before I started seeing him for me).  He had a number of things to suggest re: the shoulder, including the idea that if nothing else works after trying it all, there is a non-FDA approved, not-payable-by-insurance, somewhat expensive, experimental  treatment involving injecting stem cell products (very careful to point out the stem cells are from umbilical cords of babies born by C-section, not aborted fetal tissue) into the problem joint.  So, he's definitely up-to-date on medical options...

I was offered the stem cell injections for my knee. 50/50 chance of helping. $3,500. per injection. Payment plan. I said no thanks. Cortisone worked for me. tom.

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On 1/13/2022 at 3:07 PM, Mrs.Cicero said:

He's 78. He's been practicing over 50 years.  He doesn't do insurance - you pay in cash at time of service.   He keeps his own schedule and records.  He gives out his actual phone number to his patients.  Neither of us wore a mask at my appointment.  I was there to get his signature on the medical form for a scuba class... turns out - he's done a lot of diving... and he started doing it when the Aqualung that Cousteau developed was "the latest thing!"  He says the best diving ever is off Bonaire... weirdly enough that is where my scuba instructor is this week.  Anyway, I got a sign-off, and some cool stories, and another possible treatment (NOT surgery) for my stupid shoulder if the cortisone shot doesn't work in the  long-term.  I think he has more common sense in his little finger than most of the rest of the world added together. ******** I might have to start saving for a vacation to Bonaire, if travel ever stops being such a PITA.***********

***********You will LOVE BONAIRE,  Dutch island, we have been there a few times,   no ANGRY JAMAICANS like too many of the "other" islands.

Not looking hopeful for visiting in the near future :(

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On 1/15/2022 at 10:02 AM, deputy tom said:

I was offered the stem cell injections for my knee. 50/50 chance of helping. $3,500. per injection. Payment plan. I said no thanks. Cortisone worked for me. tom.

Yep.  that's why the doc said, "Try all the other options first, and then look at this if you have gotten no relief."  - He emphasized the expensive nature, but the improvement stats he had were 70%.  

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9 hours ago, DAKA said:

***********You will LOVE BONAIRE,  Dutch island, we have been there a few times,   no ANGRY JAMAICANS like too many of the "other" islands.

Not looking hopeful for visiting in the near future :(

yeah, I'm not traveling again until 1) I have the money, and 2) it's not a giant hassle.  If that ever happens again.  I sure hope I get there someday, though.

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