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Response to Perseus (Reply #1)

Wed May 16, 2018, 11:59 AM

5. I started coming to a full understanding of this...

... a couple of years ago.

Had some pain in my pubic area and some blood in my urine starting on a Saturday. My last doctor was no longer in my HMO network and I had not gotten around to seeing the new doctor that I'd picked. Called on Monday and, of course, could not get an appointment for that day so they told me to just go to the emergency room and they'd book me for a follow-up appointment for the following Monday. Went to the ER and told the doctor what I was experiencing. He asked me if I was sexually active. I'm not and wasn't at the time either. He did a brief examination of my prostate and told me I had prostatitis. Prostate trouble was my biggest fear since I was/am over 50. He prescribed Cipro. He also told me that he was going to run some test or another. I didn't question any of it because I'm thinking that at my age there might actually be some prostate trouble.

Eventually, I had the follow-up appt. with my doctor and he told me that the prostatitis diagnosis didn't sound right to him. He asked me if I'd felt any pain during the brief prostate exam and when I told him no he said that I certainly would have felt pain if I'd had prostatitis. He said that it was most likely just a urinary tract infection and he told me to keep taking the Cipro and drink lots of cranberry juice. He took a urine sample and a week or so later I found out that the infection was cleared up.

To make a long story short, when I got the bill I noticed two charges that were considerably higher than anything else on the bill. My insurance had covered these fortunately. One was for over $600 and the other over $700. They were BOTH for some kind of tests. I had to google them to find out that they were both tests for sexually transmitted infections. This after I'd told the ER doctor that I was NOT sexually active. And they were not tests for common sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea, syphilis, or chlamydia. I'm convinced now that this guy just padded the bill with these unnecessary tests since I had insurance. I doubt very much that he'd have bothered if I were uninsured. I've also since learned that Cipro is being over-prescribed for all kinds of common infections and the side effects are horrific for some people. The worst that I experienced was some mild hair loss and my hair dried out severely. Some people are nearly crippled by the stuff.

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