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    This may be totally inappropriate... but I need advice... it's a dire emergency.

    Last night I was in the hospital. I have Graves Disease.. and my endocrinologist put me on this medication that gave me hives all over my body... swollen knees... swollen hands... and my throat was closing up last night.. so I got rushed into the hospital. They sweeped me in... put me on an IV.. they called my endocrinologist at 11 PM... 4 AM came around.. and he still didn't call back. They had to let me go... because my doctor didn't call. The ER doc and nurse said "He's very irresponsible esp. when this is a dire emergency."

    Well.. I was first diagnosed a month ago... I had to get blood work done my endocrinologist wanted.. well... they said he would get the blood work in three days and call me back... WELL... he didn't call till a week and a 1/2 later... his wife had a baby and he refused to get a back up doctor to make calls. So.. I was pretty much suffering for that week and a half with a heart rate of 135 bpm (that happens during Graves disease and you can have a heart attack). At one point my heart rate got so bad.... that I felt I was gonna pass out at Walmart. Once again.. called the doctor.... he still wouldn't call.

    Well.. I got meds... and now last night I had a bad allergic reaction to the point I couldn't breathe. My Mom called him.. he did call back.. but said "Take her to the hospital.. I will call as soon as they call me, and in the AM so I can tell you what's going on with her." We are still waiting on that call.. my mom called the office.. the Nurse said... "he's not in today.. he won't be calling you." My Mom said "It's an EMERGENCY!!" The Nurse goes.. "hes not in today.. nothing I can do.

    Does anyone know of a way you can complain about a doctor?? My hives are back... and im soo itchy and swollen. What can you do in a situation like this when a doctor will not bother?

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    Default Re: Advice please..

    OMG! That sounds awful! Yes, you can complain about a doctor. Your state should have a licensing board for doctors. I would try there first.

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    I would call your health insurance company and find another endricrinologist in your network, have your file transferred over and go to a DR that cares. I would also file a complaint with the medical board for your state, the health insurance company (I think if he gets too many complaints they will stop covering his claims which makes it harder for him to collect fees), and the BBB

    As for the emergency room, I would go to another hospital. Someone somewhere is likely to care.

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    Personally I would be looking for a new doctor, Marissa! There is NO excuse for this!!

    Sorry you are going through this.:hug:
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    Every state has a board of medicine that you should be able to put in a complaint into. You can find the info on line by putting board of medicine and the name of your state in a google search.....but I am sure it will be a lengthy process and not help you now, and it sounds like you need help now. Maybe if you call them they can tell you what you can do in the meantime to get the help you need....you're not still taking the medicine are you?

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    Florida Board of Medicine (Tallahassee)

    Medical Quality Assurance (850) 245-4224
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    4052 Bald Cypress Way
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3250

    Here you go Marissa, you may try that number, i hope this will help. Your doctor needs a lesson, get a lawyer to sue him.
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    What a NICE doctor...

    I hope things work out for you, Marissa!

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    That's just so awful! Such a louzy doctor.. I would write Florida Board of Medicine, like what lidvine suggested. I also would search around for a new doctor.




    My thought are with you Marissa :hug:

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    Thank you so much girls... it's 1:23... still no call!! My Mom called his office and an operator picked up, and said "I will give him the messages.. chances are he won't call." My Mom was like "This is ridiculous... this is an emergency!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by linvline View Post
    Florida Board of Medicine (Tallahassee)

    Medical Quality Assurance (850) 245-4224
    Street Address:
    Medical Quality Assurance
    4052 Bald Cypress Way
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3250

    Here you go Marissa, you may try that number, i hope this will help. Your doctor needs a lesson, get a lawyer to sue him.
    Thank you so much!! This helps a lot.. I had no clue about any of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NashvilleDiva_83 View Post
    I would call your health insurance company and find another endricrinologist in your network, have your file transferred over and go to a DR that cares. I would also file a complaint with the medical board for your state, the health insurance company (I think if he gets too many complaints they will stop covering his claims which makes it harder for him to collect fees), and the BBB

    As for the emergency room, I would go to another hospital. Someone somewhere is likely to care.
    I know ER's aren't the best... but It was 8:00 PM.. my Primary is out of the office.. and forget the Endocrinologist.. no way to get to him. The ER doc and Nurse I had were so nice... and they suggested to complain about the doc.

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    I'm with Linvline...once you get situated get a lawyer. If you have to go to an out of network doctor to get this situated, then this doctor should be liable for all the excess costs incurred (out of network is $$$$pricey!!) PLUS...pain and suffering. Plus, you are self employed and I guess you can't really sing when your heart is beating out of your chest so lost wages would be in order too.

    I wouldn't want to use this doctor after complaining, though so make sure to find another one. A simple call to your health insurance plan and an explanation of the problem should do the trick. Just call the 1-800 on the back of the card.

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    I agree with everyone here. Definitely switch doctors and lodge a complain. (sorry no help on the resources, I'm afraid). But sorry you had to go through this. Stress is not good for hives either.

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    Marissa, beyond of anything, just take care of your sickness first
    complain and lawsuit comes later when you settle down...
    i don't want you to get harassed from your doctor at this moment...well, you know, the power of complain...
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    I got a new doctor... that JERK doctor called me and was like... you need surgery or nuclear medicine to get rid of your thyroid. I was like.. "Why can't I try the other medicine to see what happens?" (The other medicine is not as strong.) He's like "NO... surgery or nuclear" He knows I'm terrified of surgery.. then he told me if I get nuclear I can get bladder cancer within 15 years.

    I'm terrified now... I"M TERRIFIED of surgery.. and nuclear can cause damage. My uncle had the same thing.. and he cured himself by eating better and making his immune system better. I've been crying non-stop. I hate this.... but we did find another doctor to get a 2nd opinion... since this doctor has been nothing buy a jerk. And if I decide surgery.. there is no way.. no how I'm letting him operate on me.

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