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May. 22nd, 2014

09:41 am - You wish you were as classy as me

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"Hi Wendy, your back x-ray is all normal. Regards, Dr X."

Bollocks.

Yeah, I know, it's much better than "Hi Wendy, you've a semi-absorbed twin stuck in your lower spine and it's started growing." But at least then I'd know why I wake up in agony about 50% of the time. It cost me $200 to get that text (I don't qualify for the low income subsidy and because it wasn't technically an accident, no ACC for me either). I was kind of hoping it'd be followed up with "So here are the next steps to find out wtf is wrong with you." But it's a no-reply text. Clearly to find out what to do next I need to pay another $80.

This? This is why I don't usually bother with doctors. They just don't offer value for money. Maybe I should go back to see OsteoDude. He's $60 a shot but IME he gets results. Both times I've gone to him he's fixed me. Hmm..

In other news , when you fly adagio, you spend a reasonable amount of time upside down in straddle position. If you don't keep your core fully engaged the entire time, your insides follow gravity and create a vacuum in your lower abdomen, which leads to sustained queefing. I have only just made this connection, much to the amusement of anyone within hearing of my training.

I tell you what - understanding this correlation is a million times better than having some coach yelling at you to "ENGAGE YOUR CORE!"

I will have the best core ever. Yep.

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From:ecosopher
Date:May 21st, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Well. That sucks. What did the osteo do that helped last time?

Your discussion of the medical expenses makes me think of our government which is trying to scale back our Medicare into a user- pays system. They said that NZ has a copayment system and their health outcomes are fine. I say,I don't have any evidence of that, but please can we talk about this country please because what happens elsewhere is pretty irrelevant.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
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He fixed a nonspecific shoulder injury and an occupational overuse one in my neck. He's pretty good at working out what's causing the problem and providing exercises to strengthen the bits that need it to prevent future problems.

Meanwhile, I don't know what NZ's system is called. We have the following:

1. An organisation that bulk buys medications and decides on the level of subsidy - the more necessary the medication, the higher the subsidy. My Mum's cancer prescriptions cost her three bucks, things like Botox? Not so much.

2. Subsidies for all medical care, based on income. So my medical care is probably about half paid for, someone on a lower income will have more of it paid for. So for me, the doctor is about $60-$80, for my son it's about $25.

3. No charge for accident related treatments, and some people qualify for compensatory payments if accidents affect their ability to earn.

4. Free maternity care, free doctor visits for kids under 5, free vaccinations for kids, dental for kids up to 18, and a constant debate about raising the cutoff point for kids' free visits.

It does work, more or less. I like that someone like me who has a reasonable income and can afford it, is essentially carrying more of my own weight, which leaves more of the public fund to be spent on someone who'd have a harder time paying for themselves. I like that when it came down to brass tacks, the state picked up over a million dollars worth of medical and surgical cost for my Mum's illness. If this were the US, my brother and I would both be bankrupt over that.

I also like that folks can have insurance if they want to jump queues, but it's not compulsory and the state system is good enough - people have much less trouble getting their insurance companies to behave decently here.

Make of that what you will. From what I understand, Australia's system is slightly more socialised than ours but I don't know how well it works.



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From:ecosopher
Date:May 22nd, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
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I totally don't have a problem with paying when I'm able to pay. It used to be that all doctors' visits were free for everyone, unless it were a private practice. Now, there are very few places which charge nothing, but Medicare will still pay most of the bill. Children up to age 16 are free, all childhood vax are free, dental is free in the school dental programme from age 5 up to age 17, and they're also rolling out dental subsidies for low income families so that children can see the dentist 'free' before they start school.

The issue is, apparently, that with an aging population, more people will go to the doctor more often and it will become unaffordable. So they want everyone, regardless of income, to pay $7 per visit (capped at a certain number). They're justifying it by saying that it's only worth a few cigarettes or a beer. Yes, because obviously people on a lower income all drink and smoke. That's probably why we needed to go to the doctor in the first place.

My thought is that it worked pretty well, and they could save the money somewhere else, because I think stopping people from going to the doctor will mean you're putting greater pressure on the hospitals (oh, which they will also charge you for your visit, if it's determined you could have gone to see the GP and were just trying to avoid paying the $7).

Sigh. I hate our government right now. And I don't use that word lightly.

Anyway. I hope the osteo is able to help you this time as well. It sounds like a better bet than your doctor.
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From:siobhan63
Date:May 21st, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
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This is why I don't usually bother with doctors. They just don't offer value for money.

Do you not have universal health care in NZ? We don't have to pay to see doctors, and if you get referred for an xray, ulatrasound, etc., you don't pay for that either. We have to pay for stuff like physio, but that might be partially covered by any health benefits you have at work, if you have a plan at work.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
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If it had been an accident, this would be entirely free of charge. However, it's not an accident or a life-threatening illness, therefore it's only subsidised. Because I am in the highest income bracket, I qualify for the lowest subsidy, so I pay - not the full amount, but a lot more than say, my son would.
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 22nd, 2014 05:37 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure ACC covers all physio costs. When I got hit by a car in 2007, I wound up paying ~$40 a time for physio for a while, then the subsidy ran out and I had to pay full whack, so I stopped (I wasn't all that good at doing the exercises anyway, so I figured why bother.).

As they're forever tinkering with the level of subsidy, I have no idea what the current situation is, although $wife seemed to get a pretty good deal when she broke her arm, including ACC paying for carpal tunnel surgery.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 22nd, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
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I haven't had an ACC accident in ages, but last time I did (before the YoT was born), everything was paid for.
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From:meri_sielu
Date:May 21st, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
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That is incredibly shit! I hate these "make another appointment" kind of open ended things that basically mean that it's going to take longer and cost more to get to the bottom of the issue. :/ I hope you can find a solution to your pain soon and it not cost you the earth. *hugs*
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
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It would have been nice if there were any 'what to do next' information at all! When I went to see him he seemed entirely uninterested in what I had to say about what was wrong with me, and now I'm just thinking he gives less than a shit about what I should do next.

Probably thinks I'm making it up - he's in the right age group for that and you should have seen him cringe and try to pass me off on Family Planning when I said I had an IUD that would need replacing soon.

I don't think I'll go back to him tbh.
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From:caycos
Date:May 22nd, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I go to Brooklyn Central Health they seem to listen. Last time the male doctor I saw was very comfortable talking about 'women's issues'
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From:richaarde
Date:May 22nd, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
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Pain is tough to find a cause for. A lot of times, there's nothing for doctors to see.

Hopefully you will be able to get some relief.
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From:c_maxx
Date:May 22nd, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I got the same message from my dr, with the addendum- 'there's nothing wrong with your elbow'. So why was it so swollen up?

Had to go to my chiropractor for a useful diagnosis- bursitis, and she gave me a nutritional supplement regimen that was 100% effective.

That was a relatively simple one though.
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From:didotwite
Date:May 22nd, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)

Sorry you're in pain

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My back issues, serious ones, are mostly muscular. They barely show on an MRI. Physical therapy, ice, good stretching, antiinflammatories. My Mum keeps trying to get me to the chiro and my doctor is an osteopath. I've found after 3 years that both of those are not effective. Everyone's different, so keep trying different stuff until you find what's right for you. Just know that serious, debilatating muscle spasms are also a thing. A treatable thing.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 22nd, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Sorry you're in pain

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Hey, thanks for that.

I'm currently experimenting with changing the height of my pillow. The idea being that if my neck is in the right place, maybe my back won't get twisted up while I'm sleeping. I don't know if this theory is right, but the last two nights I've been more or less ok. I'm a bit sore after getting up this morning, but didn't wake up at 4am because I couldn't turn over.

The reason I think it might be an actual injury is that some forms of stretching make it worse, especially pancake stretches.
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From:didotwite
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:42 am (UTC)

Re: Sorry you're in pain

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I have no idea what pancake stretches are. I like pancakes, though. If I stretch can I have some?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)

Pancake stretch

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Maybe if I put a stack of pancakes just out of reach...
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From:fbhjr
Date:May 22nd, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Whatever it is I hope you find something to get it fixed!
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