So I have a bunch of meds I take for issues other than the back stuff. I got tired of trying to remember dosages, etc., so I typed it all up on a list. I also have quite a "colorful" history of past surgeries & medical issues not related to the back stuff. It's a fairly long list, & I can't remember all the dates, etc., so I typed a list summarizing everything with dates, etc. I also have a copy of all my radiologist reports of all the back the back stuff.
This has made life a whole lot easier when I go to a new Dr & they ask for a list of meds & medical history, I just put see attached. When I had surgery recently, I just handed the pages to the nurse who scanned the pages into my record & loved it! I keep a copy in my purse & I gave one to my husband as well. I kept. one in my glove box as well, which now that I know about "red flagging" I realize that may not be the best idea. However, it did come in handy recently when I fell at work & had to go to the hospital by ambulance. I had a co-worker go to my car & get my list so when the paramedics starting with all the questions, I just handed him the med & medical history. It also saved me the embarrassment of having to say out loud in front of my co-workers who were all around me from hearing my business.
I'm sure a lot of you have binders with all your medical records, I am just offering a suggestion that you carry a summary of your meds & medical history with you, give one to your spouse, & if you have kids let them know where to find it.
I am the biggest klutz in the world (I think numerous falls have contributed to my condition), & I think we are all at risk for falling. Due to the meds we take, & our conditions in general, we could have balance issues, dizzy spells, etc. I think for many of us if we fall, we aren't able to get up without help, & there's a good chance we will be visting the ER because of severe pain. That's where the copies of your radiologist reports. No gurantee you will get the amount of meds you need, but at least the will see, in black & white, that you are not lying. It may also save you from repeating expensive tests that are not neccesary, & you could end up paying for.
Anyway, I was just updating my lists & thought I'd post this in case anyone else finds it useful
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