Dizziness and Vertigo--Help Navigating Medicaid
June 13, 2012 4:41 PM Subscribe
Boyfriend has been experiencing dizziness, vertigo, and nausea for 4 days. Need help navigating NY Medicaid healthcare system to get this diagnosed.
posted by dysh to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
YANMD. Sorry if it is sort of long.
Sunday night, my boyfriend got up out of bed and felt dizzy and unsteady. He had to immediately sit back down so as not to fall. We went to bed thinking it would pass by the morning, but it didn't, and he has been unable to go to work or school for three days. On top of the dizziness, he has been feeling nauseous, has vertigo, and has had trouble reading because it makes him feel "carsick." He also feels pressure on the front of his head. The dizziness has mostly been happening when he tries to stand or walk, but has also happened while sitting/lying down.
Monday morning we went to the local clinic and saw his PCP, who simply checked his blood pressure and ordered blood tests, as well as referring him elsewhere to get a CAT scan, which we went to the next day.
Today, (Wednesday) I had a similar bout of dizziness and nausea, which has since passed, but it has lead us to suspect that it may be something environmental. His room is small and has very little to no ventilation. His one tiny window looks out into a dirty, tiny air shaft, and we've been running the fan/ac all day. Maybe something toxic in the air shaft has been kicked up by the fan/AC? This is an old building in Bed-Stuy. (We've now gone to my apartment elsewhere in the hopes that his condition will improve here.)
He went back to the doctor today--blood work came back normal. She did a basic check of his ears, nose, and eyes, which also came back normal. We are still waiting on the CAT scan results. She referred him to a neurologist, but the first available appointment is August 2nd! He can't afford to miss work and school for a month and a half if this continues.
Any ideas of what our next steps should be? She suggested we go to the ER if he feels worse, but it's just been a consistent sort of bad, for lack of a better term. I'm pretty sure that through Medicaid/Fidelis, you have to get your PCP to refer you to specialists. Should we find a neurologist who has a sooner appointment available and accepts Medicaid/Fidelis, and ask the PCP to refer him to them instead? Are there other specialists we should see? Any other tests we should ask her to run? She seems fairly hands off and has essentially said that she has no idea what is wrong with him.