Thursday, May 2, 2013

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Cymbalta Commercial

I was home the other day for lunch and a Cymbalta commercial came on.  During the commercial, the voice over said how effective Cymbalta was for chronic musculoskeletal pain, which I was not aware it was used for.
However 2 other things that stood out the most to me was that the recommended dosage was once a day and the long list of side effects.  According to their website:
Cymbalta should generally be administered once daily without regard to meals.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects identified in people taking Cymbalta included:
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased sweating
Cymbalta may be associated with serious side effects. Call your healthcare provider right away or seek emergency help if you experience any of the following:
  • Itching, right upper-belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin/eyes, or unexplained flu-like symptoms, which may be signs of life-threatening liver problems. Severe liver problems, some fatal, have been reported
  • High fever, confusion, stiff muscles, muscle twitching, or racing heart rate, which may be signs of serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition
  • Abnormal bleeding, especially if Cymbalta is taken with aspirin, NSAID pain relievers (like ibuprofen or naproxen), or blood thinners
  • Serious, possibly life-threatening skin reactions, which may include skin blisters, peeling rash, mouth sores, hives, or other allergic reactions
  • Abnormal mood (mania), which may include greatly increased energy, severe trouble sleeping, racing thoughts, talking more or faster than usual, and reckless behavior
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Decreased blood pressure upon standing, which can cause dizziness or fainting, mostly when first starting or increasing the dose. Cymbalta can also increase blood pressure. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure prior to and while taking Cymbalta
  • Headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, confusion, problems concentrating, or memory problems, which may be signs of low sodium levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk
  • Problems with urination, including decreased flow or inability to pass any urine
  • Changes in appetite or weight. Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored

I know in my Doylestown chiropractic practice, that if I were to suggest that someone come see me everyday for their back pain AND I told them that you may experience any or all of the listed side effects, people would think that I am crazy!
So my question is, why are so many willing to take a prescription drug everyday, with this long list of potentially deadly side effects, yet so many balk at seeing a chiropractor 1-2 times a month?  At my office we have been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area rediscover a life without pain for over 15.  If you want to get off that medication train and start a non-surgical, drugless approach to your pain, give my office a call today.
Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown
Dr. Jeff McQuaite
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

“Do You Take My Insurance?”
Doylestown Chiropractor Health Insurance
This is one of the first questions that is usually asked when a new patient calls our office says Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a chiropractor in Doylestown.  To be honest, this is not as easy to answer as you would think.  While we work with most major insurances, there are so many different plans out there, and so many different policies within those plans, it is very difficult to say immediately.
While most patients think that their “health” insurance helps them to get healthy, most are surprised by how little their policy actually covers in the way of health and wellness.  I feel that the term “health insurance” is actually a misnomer.  What I feel that most people have and what I see in my practice is that most people have “sick” or “catastrophic” insurance, where God forbid you need surgery or are admitted to the hospital, instead of a $100,000 bill, you will have a $10,000 bill.

We routinely see patients who think that they have “good” insurance that covers everything.  To be honest, most “good’ insurance plans these days have $40, $50, or even $75 co-pays in addition to those that have several thousand dollars of “in-network” deductibles!  With these high copays and deductibles, while you may technically have chiropractic coverage, there may actually be NO re-imbursement from the insurance carrier to the doctor.
So to answer the question, “Do you take my insurance?”  The answer is yes, but…..!  What we do at our office that is different than most offices in the area is that your first visit is $69, which includes an exam, 2-xrays, treatment and your second visit.  On that first visit, we will submit your insurance card to our billing company and on the second visit, we will go over your policy and everything that may or may not be covered.  At that time, we will decide what is in your best interests before we proceed.  If you have these high co-pays, high deductibles or even no insurance, you will be surprised how reasonable are fees our, usually no more than $40 a visit and at times considerably less!
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment, please call our office today and someone from my team will be more than happy to help you.
Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901