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chicago_bird
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hi,

I know that there are many of you who see Dr. C. in MO and have had a great experience with him. I am headed down from Chicago for my first appointment with him in a couple of weeks, and I had a few questions.

Does anyone from outside MO know if he can write a prescription that can be filled in another state? My pharmacy is in IL.

I was a little nervous about the prolotherapy injections described on his website. Is this a required therapy? Does he recommend it to a lot of lyme patients?

I'm also a little leery of doctor offices that make their own supplements. (To put it in context, it's hard to get me to take ANY kind of medicine.) Is it necessary to buy his supplements? Does anyone here take them, and find them helpful?

I'm looking forward to taking the next big step in my lyme journey -- let's hope it's uphill from here!

thanks so much,
Kate

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seibertneurolyme
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Unless the meds are a controlled substance (some painkillers) any doc can write a scrip that can be filled in any state. Some states like New York have strange rules that require you to fill the entire prescription at one time. In Virginia hubby can get a partial prescription until we see if he can tolerate the med. We also have several mail-order scrips from mail-order pharmacies in different states.

Dr C does not require you to buy supplements from his office. He provides lots of info, but the patient has the final say so regarding both meds and supplements.

Hubby had already tried neural therapy with another doc (similar to prolotherapy) so we never discussed this.

My suggestion would be to take time now to list your symptoms and a brief history of prior treatment. Take copies of any relevant previous test results. Make a list of questions and discusion points so you don't forget something important.

Good luck with your appointment.

Bea Seibert

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I think Bea covered everything. DrC sees patients from all over the US. At one time he told me he has seen people from 37 states and that was several years ago. I'm sure the count is higher by now.

He is NOT pushy about ANYTHING. He MAY mention a supplement or two, but only in regards to something that comes up in conversation.

I do take the Bolouke and Iodoral which I purchase from him. They are cheaper there than online, so that was an easy decision!

You do NOT have to do prolotherapy but it has helped me ALOT. It's painful, but so is sciatic nerve pain. The trade off was easy for me!!

Relax...you're going to love him! [Smile]

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I had my first appointment with Dr. C last Thursday. It was really a relief to talk to someone who was is knowledgeable and sensitive.

This board helped me learn so I would know what questions to ask and so I could make some decisions about my treatment.

I do not live in MO, but did not have any difficulty filling my prescriptions. I am much more hopeful about my future now.

Pigwit
Bea and Lymetutu know what they are talking about.

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Yay! Thanks, y'all, for reassuring me... I just felt like I was really jumping into the unknown, 500 miles away!

I've been to so many disappointing dr's appointments that I went into with high hopes, so I was worried I was setting myself up again... But it sounds like everyone has had such great experiences with Dr. C, now I'm looking forward to it!

Since Dr. B/M closed in IL, I've been feeling like I'm trying to handle this myself, and I really need some help from a good LLMD. Glad to know I'm on the right track!

Does anyone have hotel recommendations?

thanks again!
Kate [Smile]

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Krystal Aire is one that comes to mind. Why don't you PM me and I can get you some phone numbers.

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Kate,

I just sent you a private message about my first visit with Dr. C.

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I've been seeing Dr. C for 2 years. Never any trouble filling oral prescriptions out-of-state.

I have had trouble getting someone to give me IM's or IV's but that varies depending on out-of -state Dr.s.

As Lymetoo says, "Dr. C is not pushy about anything", and I concur. He is an awesome, intelligent, caring man!

I want to buy his prescriptions whenever I can to support his endeavor. His products are top quality. I trust Dr. C enough that this takes stress away from from me trying to find good quality/priced products.

I had prolotherapy in April in my neck and shoulders. While it was slightly painful, it was nowhere near what I thought it was going to be. Afterward, I just treated myself to a big decaf breve'. (=

Heavens, Dr. C has even supported me when I wasn't taking ATB's and doing stuff like CS or rife.

I could go on and on.

You will enjoy your visit...I cried at my first one. (Dr. C prayed with my husband and me.)

Bug

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Thanks so much for the hotel info, Lymetoo. Is it okay if I keep the PM, so I have a record of the information?

(I haven't really gotten the hang of these PMs yet!)

thanks,
Kate

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Sure....you can also print it out by taking it to your word processor like Microsoft Word. You can print from the PM, but you'll get alot of unnecessary stuff too.

All of the PM's will stay in your "folder" until you delete them. You will eventually have to delete some, as only 60 are allowed.

good luck! [Cool]

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Kate,

I live downstate from you and fill all prescriptions here and do the labs here so my insurance covers them. No problem.

I've also stayed at Krystal Aire, it was a fabulous room! And a discount if you mention your doctor!

Bugaboo--I cried too on my first visit because he was the FIRST doctor to tell me that I wasn't crazy, losing my mind, or lazy that I was just sick AND he would help me get better. I lost it. It was music to my ears.

He's the best and even though it is a long drive, we are lucky to have him and his awesome staff!

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Hey Chronic. How far is Krystal Aire from his office? I'm familiar with the city, but thought it was at least 8-10 miles. Is that right?

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