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Pain in lower left stomache

Every month since Aug of 07 i have a BAD BAD pain just on the left side. Same time every month. The pains is so bad that it just not last one or two three hours, as i have a high pain tolerance. It last 8,10,12,15 HOURS. So this pain as i am about to describe to you go as: My Lower left side of my stomache starts at my belly button then moves to the left quadrant of my tummy, then moves as the pain progresses to my SIDE all the way up mid way to my back (kidney area). then pain is so intense that my old c-section scar hurts, but just on the left side of it. the pain is so painful, i cant MOVE!! My c-section scar feels as though if i move im going to tear something. I get a feeling of major pressure in that area, i cant pee; well it seems as thou i cant urinate all the way, very very tiney amount and i feel like i got to pee a river. NO pain upon urinating. There is alot of pressure and then my left kidney will ache and be painful like there urine has back flushes into my kidney area. Now this has been happening since Aug.18-07 every month since then the pain just gets worse. I have even passed out from the pain. As i am SCARED TO DEATH OF PAIN MEDS!!!! they make me feel wierd and i dont like the feeling of not being in control, they knock me out for hours i mean hours!!!! 8-10 hrs. So i got scared when that happen so i refuse to take any, and because of that i tell my docotrs im allergic to all pain meds. It makes me have anxiety attacks, and just to think of having to take one, makes me have a panic attack. Im scared that i wont wake up from the drugs. So as far as medical history. i ve had 3 c-section 92,94,96 gallbladder in 96, hysterectomy in 04 just my uterus. 2006 a UPPP for sleep apnea, 2006 emergency surgery to repair a hemerage fom my UPPP surgery. March 2007 had my OBGYN did a surgery thru my old c-section insision to clean up scar tissue and remove my right ovary. Well let me take inventory of what i have left...lol I still have a cervix and left ovary and apendix, and the rest of my major organs ( i think..lol). Its very hard to explain the pain....pressure, pain pain pain, my scar on the left side of my incision is very very painful, the pain raidiate from my belly button to my left quadrant of my tummy to UP my side to ribs and raidiate to left side of my back to left kidney area. loose stools, no fever, chills, no UTI"S, NO BLADDER INFECTION, and never had one but doctor test. MY OBGYN tells me everytime..."YOu have the stomache Flu" gives me anit nausea meds, pain meds and so on. Last month he gave me nausea meds, and a hormone pill that starts with a "P". I did not take them because i was afraid to take them since he did not take  blood, and he had told me since aug 2007 i had the "Stomache Flu". so now its feb 15, and the discomfort is already starting, i dont have a monthly period since 2004, so i know its not that. I thinki t might be my left ovary, but does anyone have a clue what could cause pain on that side? ive had cyst on my right ovary but they  never had ANY ANY of these symptoms? Im running out money being told i have the "stomache flu" , stomache flu does not feels this way, you feels like **** and feel as thou a mack truck ran your mid drift section over. That is not how i feel. Please anyone with an idea HELP ME!!!!!!
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Hello!
If the pain wasn't the same time every month, I'd think it was kidney stones...I'm wondering if an ovarian cyst being aggravated by scar tissue isn't what is happening as your body would still be making egg follicles on the ovary...The pain can be excruciating and can refer to other areas...especially up the left side to your abdomen, flank, and even your shoulder! The next time this starts, try using pyridium to partially rule out a urinary tract problem...It is known as Urostat over the counter..It will color your urine orange briefly and will numb your urinary tract...If it doesn't lessen the pain at all, it's probably ovary issues...Good luck...this sounds pretty miserable...
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I have been on pyridium plus and enblex and Elmiron for IC during this time. I have had problems with kidney stones in the past and during this time. yes the pain has gone to my shoulder blades and omigosh my c-section scar just on the lower left side all the way to pubic bone is sooooo painful, it is now the 15th and i only have three days before it starts all over. It even involves pain on my right side. When i apply pressure to that area where "I" think my ovary is i feel hardness there.I EVEN CAN FEEL GAS BUBBLES AND THE GERGILING OF MY STOMACHE. when this happens i cant even move, i even have pain in my uretha, almost like a stone is passing thru, but never does and the next day the pain settles im left week, tired and it takes two weeks to recoop. i right now am starting to feel the pain and  im scared to DEATH!!! The pain is so unreal i cant even put in words. MY OBGYN does and exam the next day and tells me  i have the flu. I have spent over 3700.00 in the past 7 months for the same DR to tell me i have the stomache flu. he told me last month that he would send me to the Hospital for more fancy test BUT " SINCE I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE, THE HOSPITAL WONT DO THE TEST , THAT IT WOULD BE WAISTING TIME"
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Just curious...Do you know if your blood serum calcium level is elevated? Also, this is just a theory, mind you, IF you have an ovarian cyst that is huge it may be pushing on your ureter, thus causing the pain every month...I realize you have been through a lot, and pardon my ignorance, but have you had a pelvic/intravaginal ultrasound? This would show a cyst, and maybe structural problems...Unfortunately, anticipation of known severe pain makes it even worse when it happens...By the way, I'd find a different doc...You are having some sort of cyclic abdominal/pelvic inflammation which could turn out to be something very serious..And your doc seems to be dropping the ball...I had to "fire" mine when I'd been blown off one too many times...Glad I did...I ended up having a tumor that was really messing with my endocrine system...Hang in there! Something that really helped me, I started packing around a notebook with all my medical history and labs in it (had to ask for copies) to all my doc appts...it has really helped...It is so much easier to whip out the test results for them, rather then they having to dig through your file and not find what they want...
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I had blood work when i went to the hospital 3 months ago from the same problem...everything was good. they gave me a shot of compazine and i went into a major anxiety attack and walked out before they could do a CT scan. What ever that med was, it made me very uncomfortsble and for three hours i rubbed my skin raw off my chest from the attack. The only thing that might of been of question was my thyriod..it was 1.36, but Dr said it was good. Sugar good, cholest. was 144, my BP was a little high 158/98 he said from pain. My tri was good, even had me tested for ANY autoamun. diseases blood work came back perfect!!!! Ive never had a negative pap, never had a problem with females parts until after i had my tubal in 96. Soon thier after i stopped breast feeding, 4 yrs after i had problems put up with pain from PMS for 5 more years saw ONE OBGYN in 2004 two times rom very painful periods, she said the only way to stop the pain and my symptoms was to remove my uterus. So she did then i never ever was able to empty my bladder normaly. then it all went down hill...2006 my OBGYN took my right ovary because in open pelvic surgery to removed scar tissue from LAHV in 04 i had a hemeragatic( spelling?) Cyst, it was the size of a Kiwi. Path. said thats what it was. my ovary woul bleed out insie of the ovary and did not shed the eggs. I asked last month in his surgery report what my left ovary looked like he said as he looked thru his surgery dictations "I dont rmember, and i have not made notes of it, and i usually do say if it looks normal or not, Im sorry i have no clue" and gave me a hormone pill that started with a "P" i never took it as i was watching him look in a Medical book for my precription.  I dont know what else to do, the aganizing pain is already starting. I have no STD"S so im not sure what else it could be that it might be an enormous cyst or something to create the pain and pressure, its like there is so much swellin on that side the pressure hurts other organs. It only happens one time a month...the  18th last onth it came on the 17th. I literaly count the days and hours to this aganizing pain..Does a left ovary create this much pain? if it is what you say (might be) left ovary cyst with scar tissue...what will they do?? i cant take Birth control of any, i wont take hormones because my levels are good. So what else is thier to do...can it rupture???
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hello again!
first of all, you had a reaction to the compazine...many people have the same reaction..It makes you all crawly and feel like you are coming out of your skin...if this ever happens again, take 50 mg of benedryl...this is exactly what an ER would do for you as well...there are other meds in the same drug family that will do the same thing to you..

Second,If it is a cyst causing the problem, it may be rubbing on a pelvic ligament, or other structures in your pelvic region...If this is so, and it is a cyst, yes, it could rupture...another possibility is every month, you could have a cyst that is rupturing (normal) but is bleeding more than the normal amount...But this wouldn't cause trouble urinating...or renal pressure...I'd be pestering that doc to review the ultrasound and to look at the left ovary...Your answer may be there...I can't imagine how frustrating this must be...and if the ultrasound image is gone, have another one...
If it is a large cyst, they can go in laparoscopally and remove it..teeny little
incisions, sometimes a day surgery...Ugh, huh?
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I almost forgot..the reason I asked about the Calcium level was sometimes, the symptoms you have, are caused by a parathyroid tumor...If your calcium and ionized calcium levels are elevated, your parathyroid hormone level needs to be checked...(PTH) If it comes back high, there's your problem. Hyperparathyroidism...It causes all sorts of grief, affecting every system in the body...
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No my functions are good. I had to go thru a PET scan after my pelvic surgery in 06, because i came thru recovery with right flank  pain unbearable and the pain lasted for three days. Morphine did not even touch the pain. MY OBGYN thought he nicked my uterer because the ovary lies over them, common mishap. That test was neg, so the right side pain was never know other than sympathey pain from my right ovary being gone. They have check all of glands becaue of the kidney stones i have had in the past. But this pain is no pain compared to a kidney stone. i have passed a stone the size of a jelly been, but this is more painful but with pressure. its really hard to explain the pain. I dont know what  left to do. i dont have insurance so going to a ER, id have better luck going to a vet clinic. They dont treat you very well and find every excuse not to treat you as a patient. The last time i was there, the nurse tied a rubber thing around my arm to take blood..she got a phone call and left my arm the way it was while she carried on a convesation with her son. My arm turned purple and i lost feeling in it. As she pumped the bed up to her level so she could place a IV in ...instead of slowing releasing me DOWN, she hit the peddle under the bed and i dropped about 3.5ft with the bed, and i was unprepared for that i hit so hard when the bed fell i fell out of the bed and landed on my back, passed out from the pain on my left side, they got me back in bed, i was crying and she said  "oh that must of hurt" and walked away. So there fore i refuse to go to that hospital
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Let me guess...You're in your 40+ and a bit overweight? Oddly, it doesn't seem to matter what part of the country you're in or what race you are, there is a "tag" that us women get no matter where we go...And we get "blown off" on a regular basis...some health care people seem to believe we are just being dramatic and whining when we say we have a problem...I'm sorry your local ER is such a bad place...Unfortunately, that happens all too often..if you aren't having a heart attack, or something they can pin down immediately, you get shoved off to the side...By the way, about the bed incident, I'd be looking at doing a formal complaint, if nothing else..At the least, that should have gotten you a formal apology and possibly dismissal of your ER bill...I know things happen, but you were a patient there, and you should expect a certain level of professionalism and care...
You had mentioned kidney stones earlier...I don't believe this is what is causing your monthly pain...I do think, somehow, you have something structural going on...some sort of inflammation, adhesions aggravated by maybe an ovarian cyst, or ?...without the ultrasound results it's difficult to say...My knowledge pool is pretty limited...I was hoping someone else who knows more than I in this area would respond...((((((((((((((HUGZ))))))))))))
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almost forgot...If you are able to get a laparoscopy done, they will look around in your innards and can get a visual on what is going on in there...Even endometriosis can do this...Are you disabled? Have access to DSHS coverage? Look into it if you don't...Sometimes there are allowances for people in your circumstances...Best wishes..
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you have been of great help to me, no im not disabled although i feel it at times, Im 32yrs old and have had many surgerys. Last year i had Four surgerys. Im tired of being cut open. I had one in Dec, and again in Dec March and then in April of 07. Last year i had a major problem on my old c-sections scars wher they cut that one out because it formed a wall of endo and adheisions from my bladder to my cervix, i had problems on the right side of my scar, like when id caugh, or bend down or turn a way, id drop to my knees from pain of scar tissue that grew out of control. Now its on the left side, on my scar, and that side along the incision is very very very hard about 2.5 across it, i cant even lay my left leg out straight becuase it pulls on that scar and it feels like my hip and leg will rip it, tear it...its that tight on that side of my scar, i can feel the pullin or tightness half way up my side towards my belly button. its wierd. I know if i go to the ER they wont do anything but give me meds to mask the problem, and i live down south and before you to to a DR they make you pay first then see the DR!!!! Im  a mom of three teenagers, so money is hard to find when i cry of pain to go to the Dr's. Medimommy, thamk you so much for understanding and helping figure my mess out. its great to have ppl who care enough about a stranger to take time out of your day to help and find the answers. I just feel hopeless at this point.....thank you so much for your kindness. Well when the pain hits full force, ill see if i can make it thru it, and if not i just might be taken to hospital with out my own wish...my husband can NOT stand to watch me in that much pain. Ill keep you posted..OMIGOSH...can someone turn the time ahead or back...the 18th is around the corner...im scared to death...i really dont want it to come..lol its not funny but i fear the the 18th....so much i have an anxiety attacks~~~
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Im sorry i did not see your responce above..ye im over weight...who the heck isnt these days?? Yes this hospital is bad bad bad known for miss diagnosing ppl!!!!! I fell there one day in my own private room, after having an open pelvic surgery. they wanted me to take a shower so i did the DAY AFTER MY SURGERY I GOT UP!!! the nurse came into the shower and took all the towels, and wet one helped me get dressed well in the mean time Cleaning lady comes in....as they were told not to clean my room because of the chemicals flared my asthma...oh they did anyways....mind you i just got out of the shower im dressed i walked out of the bathroom...my floors wet but i cant see it because of the wax is so shiney i slip and fall...kleft leg out before me and right knee slammed into that hard floor and since then I CANT NOT GET OVER THE HIP PAIN, when i put my legs out straight i feel my upper leg joint pop out!!!! my whole body will twitch from this...its like my joint gets out of socket.....THEY DID NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!
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last month i had a bout of what i think is "PLUERSIY" ON MY LEFT LOWER RIB CAGE, it lasted about 8 hrs i could not take a deep breath in and as of today that one area where i felt the pain feels bruised from front to back of that one area. that is the only new thing that has come up. even when i have this problem every month, its wierd but i get a classic stomache ache from it..like some one just punched you in the gut. I had forgetten to tell you that as my husband just reminded me. The stomache ache feeling is only on the left side, but if i aplied pressure with my fist to my kidney area ( up high) it reduces the presure i feel in my kidney when this happens. i dont im just a mess i guess, and with out insurance i will get no where!!! or treated fairly
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I believe the pain in your left chest/flank is connected (no pun intended!) to your pelvic pain...all these areas are connected by muscle tissue and gut lining tissue..If you have extensive scarring like it sounds you may, it all pulls..And this kind of pain refers to other areas...In the medical field, we call it "tracting"...I'll spare you the technical whys and hows, but just suffice to say, it follows body "channels" from bottom to top...For example, a person with appendicitis commonly has pain in their right shoulder, even though there is no direct connection...Your poor insides sound like they are a mess...I'm not sure what is done to prevent adhesions from forming...I know an unfortunate few seem to scar heavier than others...I'd say, use the pain meds until you can get this resolved...it won't cure anything, but it may improve you life's quality a bit for now...Pain can cause a vicious cycle of pain, stress, more pain, more stress, more pain, depression/ anxiety, more health problems...It is not something to be dismissed...Are you on progesterone at all, or something aimed at minimizing the monthly egg producing cycle? this may help to decrease the ovarian follicle production (normal cysts) and may buy you more time...GRRRR..I hate poor health care...
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no im on no hormones at all. I think your right, when i extend my left leg out straight while i hold my breath, i feel the PULLING, STRETCHING, TIGHTNESS from way up on my left side to my c-section scar...never before only after my surgery in o6 to repair scar tissue. I do have a GREAT GP, but all he wants is some big test that i have no money for. they always want 20-40% up front...who the hell has 750-1200.00 free on hand when your raisin a family of five. I do not works and i cant afford it.

I refuse to take the pain meds...why they mask it and then you take more and more and more...no sense and they scare me...Im not a chicken of anything but dentist and pain meds, and my fear of pain meds outway my fear of a dentist. Why ill tell you...the medicine they give just before you to go to the OR for surgery its called Verset (spelling) well i was waiting to go and get my surgery that day in 06... a nurse came at me with a needle put something in my IV and i felt wierd amediately....so i thought ok i cn handle this i got quiet fast then im still waiting and here she comes again another bottle of it in my IV...ok this time i feel wierd in my head Like i weigh nothing....so the 3rd time i get real scared because i see double, i just feel wierd i cant explain it...so now i FREAKIN so they come at me with the fourth bottle!!!!!! i start crying and my Friend is with me, wo is my doctors wife, she knows that i dont like the meds so they gave me an extra long IV line because i had what i thought the only transit injection site in my hands under my legs so they wouldnt give me anything with out me knowing....Well as my best friend knows of my fear she has already told them. and they are injecting that **** behind my back...so now im feelin wierd and dont know whats going on with my body...To make a long long story short i freaked out my anxiety was so big it took FOUR VILES of that Bleepin stuff. Well before you go to the OR they give that stuff to you almost like a valium but it helps you not remembe the pain in surgery...it does something to block the memory as they put you to sleep and also helps ppl from freaking out because, by that time your out cold and dont remember going to the OR. Well this is my body and i want to make sure they have the right DR, and the right surgery is  done i dont want to come out with a leg missing because one Dr got messed up. So since then after that i REALLY REALLY WONT TAKE PAIN MEDs, for that fear of not knowing whats happening to my body. i wish i could it would help...i have it all here, but my fears out way me taking them. I know its iwerd but what i felt as they gave me that drug...scared the ever loving Crud out of me. OF all my surgeries ive had i did them all with OUT pain meds...I HAD A UPPP AND Tonsilectomy..i came out on a morphine PUMP and refused to push the button, so the nurse did which is against the law and i freaked out and she got fired because of what she did. IF you know what a UPPP is then you know how painful it is and i did it all on childrens liquid advil!!!!
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The med they gave was called versed..they should have warned you what was going to happen, and why they were giving it to you...Of course you freaked out...I've given it many times to patients, and always warn them..tell them what to expect..I've had surgery myself, and do not like that horrible spacy feeling it causes, but I understand it when it happens...Perhaps something less sedating like toredol or even tylenol with codiene would work for you...I personally can't take codiene because of allergies, but I know it does work well for some...I hate taking any pain meds myself, so I know where you are coming from..
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Well what ever it is , that is the reason why i dont take pain meds. i cant take toredol, because they gave that to me one time when i passed a stone and i did not sleep for three days i got up and in out of bed 152 times made my heart race..almost like an anxiety attack. I cant take Codiene because, it flares up a gallbladder attack even though i dont have one i still 11 yrs later have the same attacks from a bile duct, that muscle still spasims. when they gave me Morphine 8 yrs ago for a stone, i had chest pains and it made my heart race even thou BP was good i could feel it, i also had heart palps from it. this is all before i had anxiety. Now ever since 06 from my UPPP surgery i have what they said thacardia...well a fast heart rate, it does not take much for my heart rate to raise up high, or feel as though it races, and i have major( MODERATE) HEART PALPS. EVER SINCE THEN. So anything even hydrocodone makes me have chest pains, hard to catch my breath, and palps. So im to afraid to take anything. EKG was normal recent, so im not sure why it happens. Im suppose to take Effexor xr for anxiety to help come off Xanax, but im scared because it said it will raise my BP, heart palps,.

MY DR that did my pelvic surgery had put me on it, and after 9 months of it, becuase he forgot to bill my insurance for a procedure, he refuse to treat me for my bladder conditin and my anxiety. I had no clue that a benzo med had to be tappered off, so i said ill just drive myself crazy until i cant takle it any more, well that lasted a week, withdrawls, forgot my name, forgot where i lived, by the time i went to the doctors i had not slept in two weeks, and i could not stop shaking, nor could i speak a word. I suffered so bad from the withdrawl of meds i got real sick from toxic shock siezures. I had no idea what was wrong with me, i just wanted to die. So finally when my husband got paid i went to MY GP Dr and he was lost for words. Mind you my OBGYN even stopped my hert meds until i paid for what the insurance refused to pay becusse it had been over a year since he filled for the procedure and filed it all wrong. So he wanted me to pay 20% of the bill up front or he would not treat me as a patien any longer. if i paid he would write all my scrips, even refused to write my daughter aderall, and she went thru withdrawls, we both were on to high of a dose, she went from 95% in her growth chart and dropped down to 62% in her groth because she lost so much weight then when he refused to write the scrips because he felt i owed the money he made the mistake on, she got very very ill as well. Mind you even though i was still going to him i was paying his Fiance is my best friend of many years. So it goes to prove some Dr arent always out for the patient, Some are out to see how much they can get from our INSURANCE, or a person such as myself that depended on anxiety from a horrific situation that happened to me. So now my anxiety has been so bad i have not left my house in 7 months. Im stuck, i also suffer from PD, SAD, GAD, agoraphobia. I only feel safe in my home from what a monster of  man has done to me. Well since youknow about the inside of me now you know the outside as well...LOL No Im NOT Bipolar, depression not sure what that feels like, but im working real hard to recover from a ghastly crime that was commited. because i  dont have Ins...we ppl will never get the proper help, so as for me ill suffer from all these anxiety disorders until they go away and so far its gettin worse before better. I had a high professional job, and loved it. Got paid very well and im a very smart woman, and now im just a nobody, is the best way to explain it. I have three teenagers and i got prego at an early age, and I WORKED EVERY DAY FOR 11 yrs to put myself thru school and work to support my children...by the time i was 21 i had three kids 2,4,6. i have raised them on my own for a long time. I just wish there was a miracle place where it didnt cost for middle class citizens as they have tagged us, to get propper medical help when it is needed. This world is worse now than ever when i grew up. Its a sick sick place...You  have been so kind im sorry i have just vented on to you, im in pain and dont feel well and scared to death that tomorrow is only a few hours away and the unbearable is about to come. I pray to God every day to please make it go away...well i guess its life and Jesus suffered way worse than i could ever imagine so i  dont have much to complain about. I do apologize for the pitty i put out, i know there are far off more worse ppl in this world than me, and im fortunate to have a loving family and home. I am a greatful person. Im so sorry, i dont mean to affend anyone...medic mommy you have been great to me and if i could send you flowers, a big thank you, I would send you the world for just taking time to listen...Thank you ttyl...D
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No flowers needed...LOL...I've had a few patients in the same boat as you..Their bodies are so sensitive to just about any medications, they are terrified to try anything...Geeze..if I were you, I'd move!...sorry, not funny...I hope all the health care in your part of the country isn't that bad! Just to let you know, I wasn't trying to get too personal when I was asking age, weight, etc...I've found that many docs seem to stigmatize "fat, forties females" as overly dramatic hypochondriacs (GAWD don't even tell them about hormone problems!) and deem them a nuisance...OOOOHHHH! I hate that!  I have seen so many women blown off and wind up having a serious health problem! Some of them were even having heart attacks...I wish I had more suggestions on the health insurance issue...May you win the Lotto...:)   Hope you have a good evening, and your pain is less this time around...
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Thanks for your help, sometimes it just feels like a hopeless avenue. I will make it thru and thank you for wishing my pain is less...God knows i need those prayers. I do Have a Great GP, and had what i thought was a good OBGYN, its just that dang hospital..OMIGOSH for real ppl will tell you dont ever go there, and never have a surgery there. They have fired thier helping staff so many times. I guess they out source a company to help them, to provide DR Nurses what have you in the ER, it has happened 7 times in the past 2 yrs, DR and Nurses were treating ppl horrible. they even fired all the staff and hired new staff. they were so bad i one time asked for a itimized bill, i looked over it, my own Dr who had admitted me in there FORGOT ABOUT ME 4 days, so i walked AMA, and on my bill it had meds on there i never took and some that im really am allergic to. THey billed me for so much stuff i had to ask what it was. Of which i never even had used or was prescribe to me since my DR forgot i was there i got no medical treatment. Cause there was no DR orders to follow12k bill and 9.5k was over billed!!!
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