ICD 10: Symptoms And Treatments: You may have already heard that one of the worst places for you to get diagnosed with a chronic condition such as ICD 10 is your doctor’s office. That’s because it’s where doctors, especially those who deal primarily with the elderly and handicapped, make the bulk of their diagnosis decisions. Doctors, it turns out, have traditionally tended to sideline symptoms and disabilities as “unrelated medical conditions.” This has resulted in countless ICD 10 diagnoses of conditions that would have, in any event, been properly treated as part of a healthy lifestyle. As such, it is imperative that wheelchair bound individuals seek out medical evaluation and treatment.
In most cases, this is accomplished by getting yourself admitted into a specialty hospital in the same area as your primary care physician. Once there, you will be given an initial examination by your primary care physician, then a more thorough examination by your specialist. During this time, your doctor will be able to tell if you are suffering from a serious medical condition that could have been properly treated. In the past, it has been my experience that most wheelchair bound patients were incorrectly diagnosed with such conditions as cerebral palsy, asymptomatic tetanus, and other life-threatening diseases. It is not my intention to scare anyone from seeing their doctor, but it is important to note that many people in wheelchairs are unnecessarily being diagnosed with conditions that, in all likelihood, they never had.
At this point, your doctor will take a few routine lab tests. Specifically, he will be looking to rule out organ dysfunction. If you have been out of the hospital for more than a few days, he will probably perform a blood count, serum chemistry panel, urinalysis, bone mineral density test, and cervical artery blood flow study. In addition, your doctor will ask you to complete a questionnaire regarding your emotional health and your level of functioning in your daily activities. Details about your medications will also be requested.
The results of these lab tests will determine if you have been correctly diagnosed with a more serious condition. If you are wheelchair-bound, you may be told to avoid certain medications while your condition is being treated. This is standard protocol in treating any type of non-life-threatening illness. While you may be told to avoid certain foods or medicines, you should be aware that some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be addictive or dangerous if improperly taken.
When you have been diagnosed, the next step is usually to establish how long you have been unable to use your wheelchair. This is typically documented in terms of the length of time since you began to experience the symptoms. The doctor will usually write down the dates that he met with you. In most cases, your doctor will also ask you to provide details about any new or unusual medications that you are taking or have taken in the past. He will want to know when and if you have taken your medications for a period longer than six months. He may also ask you specific questions about the symptoms that you are experiencing.
The first set of diagnostic testing will focus on examining your upper spine, neck, and upper back. X-rays and CT scans may be ordered to look for fractures of bones, spinal cord injuries, or other disorders. MRIs can also be ordered to look for damage to the brain, lungs, or kidneys. A bone scan can look for evidence of osteoporosis or weak bones in the spine, as well as looking for evidence of fluid in the urinary bladder or abdomen.
As your wheelchair-bound condition is being treated, your doctor will monitor your progress. Your progress will be charted and your progress noted. Your doctor will also review the test results with you to make sure that your condition is being properly treated and that your needs are being met.
If you are diagnosed with IBD, you will probably still need to take your wheelchair back out for some time. Your doctor will probably put a wheelchair filter on your bladder and on your abdomen. This filter will catch any bacteria that may be traveling through your urine, which could potentially be the cause of your IBD symptoms. Your doctor may also suggest other ways to reduce your IBD symptoms.[single_loop]