Finally!

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Registered: 06-27-2006
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 2:45pm

It's been over a week since I called to my PCP to request B12 testing (and requested that they test MMA, which is linked to B-12 deficiency - tests amino acid levels, which can give a little clearer picture of what's going on with B-12, and if there is a slight deficiency or none at all, but high MMA levels, there could be something going on that isn't quite right). Anyway, I called a couple times and they said that the doctor was still researching the test. I didn't question their office further last week when the receptionist said he was researching. But, when I called this morning, the receptionist said that he was still trying to figure out what MMA is. *eye roll*

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Registered: 12-21-2010
In reply to: tmpavlac
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 3:00pm

Tee I'm so glad you're getting the blood draw you want.

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In reply to: tmpavlac
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 3:05pm
Yes! Finally is right! :)
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Registered: 06-27-2006
In reply to: tmpavlac
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 3:11pm
Mindi, thanks! I've thought so many times about switching PCP's, but I can't find anyone around here that has a good one to recommend. I've asked just about everyone I know and all my friends have said that they hate their PCP's, so can't recommend them to me. The other issue with switching PCP's out here is that it's this long, drawn out process. You can't just switch and go in when you are needing to be seen. You have to establish yourself with a new patient visit, which may or may not be covered by insurance. And often those new patient visits can take 3-6 months before you can even get in to be established somewhere. If, after the first visit, you don't like the doctor, you have to start that whole process over again - waiting 3-6 months to be seen by another PCP. It's SO frustrating, which is why I'm still with this guy. I guess I can't speak too poorly of him because he could request that I come in and see him for an office visit every time I want a test done (which would cost me each visit because I haven't reached my deductible yet this year), but so far, for most of my tests, he has just filled out the labwork and I haven't had to pay for an office visit. So, for that, I'm grateful. But, whenever I DO go in to consult with him, I feel like I know much more than he does! I really should go to my OB/GYN, but I hate to link a test like this to infertility (already I fight insurance tooth and nail on most infertility testing and appointments, even though they are supposed to cover them if it's not treatment). I don't want insurance to decide that if I am B12 deficient that they aren't going to cover treatment for that deficiency because it was tested to be linked with IF. Does that make sense? LOL! Plus, the reasons for my wanting the B12 test done is definitely not solely based on B12 deficiency being linked to IF. I have so many other symptoms of deficiency, and I figured a PCP would be the best person to have it drawn by. I WILL, of course, be requesting a copy of the lab results, though. I want to be sure that I have a copy in my files and that my OB/GYN has a copy in his files.

*sigh* I really wish it was easier to switch PCP's around here. They do most everything @ss-backward in this area. I've never before found it so difficult to go to a doctor.
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Registered: 06-27-2006
In reply to: tmpavlac
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 3:13pm
LOL! :)
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In reply to: tmpavlac
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 3:54pm

I'm glad the are finally getting you in to get the b/w done.

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In reply to: tmpavlac
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 4:00pm

Yah!!!!!!!! Good Luck Tee and KUP! Sorry its such a pain to switch PCP's.
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Registered: 06-29-2010
In reply to: tmpavlac
Fri, 04-01-2011 - 11:45pm
GL, KUP
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In reply to: tmpavlac
Sat, 04-02-2011 - 11:09am
Hi Tee... my OB has me on B12 which I just buy at a vitamin store. I take 5000mcg per day and he specified to get the losenge form so it will dissolve in my mouth. Better absorption that way. Good luck!
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