Swallowing issues and health insurance.
September 9, 2012 4:01 PM Subscribe
Throat/swallowing annoyances, and navigating the health insurance industry. What should I say, and how nervous should I be?
posted by tmcw to Health & Fitness (12 answers total)
For the last month and a half, I've had some discomfort in my throat, basically a pain while swallowing, which is anything from very dull and minor to pretty stabby-feeling.
Last month, I went to my health insurance, an HMO, and had a throat culture done to test for strep. No strep was found, and the nurse said my lymph nodes also weren't swollen, and blood pressure normal. Just scheduled an appointment online which will be with my 'real doctor'. What would the course of action be here? From friends who've had, for instance, broken bones, they've said that they need to go through their real doctor to go to a specialist of any kind.
Could this mystery ailment be allergy-related? How justified is deathly fear of serious illness?
Are there any key words to say to make sure that there's some answer reached or test given (blood.. tests?) that will give me some peace of mind? For reference, 25, male, otherwise healthy - running, working, etc.