Redundancy in paperwork.

@writersedge (22579)
United States
April 19, 2012 12:17pm CST
Have you had an operation? Yes, Why? Have you had chemo? Yes, Why? Have you had cancer? Yes, Why? Do you have a scar? Yes? Why? My friends want me to go to a new massage therapist. She has a 5 page form I have to fill out. My old massage therapist had a 3 x 5 card. What do you want done? What do you want me to stay away from? Any changes in your medical history since the last time? If you have an operation, it usually leaves a scar, at least on me anyway. If I had chemo, then I most likely had cancer because I didn't want to have any treatment at first anyway and I don't know what else I would be crazy enough to do chemo for. Asks at least 3 times about arthritis. Very redundant. My friends spent a lot of money giving me a very long massage time period. 1 1/2 hours. I think with the few places I want her to do, 1/2 hr could have done it. I want my back and neck done, that's it. She can't go near my port near my right shoulder, she can't do my abdomin where my cathtor access is. I have a huge scar center of mass from below the center of my breastbone to just above my private area. I just want to roll over on my stomach and have her do the back of me. The front is a mess. I haven't decided if I want her to do my feet or not. But the back of me, she can do, the front, I have rosacea on my face. To tell you the truth, I was happy to go to a massage therapist until 5 pages later I had written rosacea, arthritis, cancer, etc. umpteen times. Now it's like, stay away from the front of me. Just do the back and don't do my bawld head and just leave me alone. The disability paperwork is nuts like this, too. Every page, "Why do you have this Dr?" Same reason I had all the others for the last umpteen pages. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, somebody stop the Merrry-Go-Round, I want to get off!
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@peavey (16856)
• United States
19 Apr 12
Oh, great. I was contemplating having a massage maybe later this summer. Maybe not, now. I hate paperwork in the first place and I really hate knowing that everything about me is so accessible. You'd think they would just check your records and you wouldn't have to answer any questions at all.
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@GardenGerty (101599)
• United States
19 Apr 12
When I had a massage all information was given verbally. I had made an appointment, because I had been given a gift card. I thought it was with a woman,as that was who was on the phone, but it was with a man, which gave me a bad time at first, but he was very professional and appropriate. We talked about the fact that I have arthritis in three vertebrae in my neck. He did not cause any problem there. He explained that certain techniques that he used on my hands and feet would stimulate the nerves and blood flow in my neck. It was an excellent experience. It was at a day spa, not a medical massage facility.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
My old massage therapist didn't want much info. Just what should she watch out for and what I wanted. Then any changes she should know about since the last time. My friend really likes this one and thinks I should go to hers so she bought me gift certificates. I thought 5 pages was excessive. Now I don't even want her to bother with the front of me at all. If she's worried about scars, operations, open wounds, then she can just do the back of me.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
You're right Peavey, on the last page, after you go crazy filling everything out, it says, "Can we contact your Drs. for info? If we can, their names and phone numbers." So why not just contact them and ask what to do and not do for me?
• United States
19 Apr 12
The medical red tape is not a fun road for anyone to go down. I have had a knee operation and yes the paperwork was horrible. I also am undergoing a chronic unknown progressive muscle and movement disease which has me filling out more forms for doctors than I spend writing term papers! I had a massage just a while ago and of course they ask you all those crazy questions which goes down on a piece of paper to who knows where. For myself, I just put down what they absoulutely need to know. For example, I have allergies to certain scents so I had to have an unscented oil for the massage. Also, I just said general knee surgery so more careful on the knee. There is no need, in my mind anyway, for them to know every in and out of my body when they are only giving a massage. Just write what they absoultely need to know(stay away from front/ back massage only) and that is it. If the the therapist has more questions they can ask you verbally when they are in there..no need for everyone else to know from an endless paper trail wherever you go.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
There were 5 pages of questions and several were check off what you've had. Well I have had close to all of it at one time or another. I would think just the stuff that is current or within a year would be sufficient. All the operations you've had, list here. I'm 54 years old and have had about 10 operations. I can't remember them all. I agree with you. Just what she needs to know.
@celticeagle (119060)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr 12
It does get redundant after doing the paperwork several times. But how else is a massage therapist or doctors or what ever supposed to know what you need or what areas to avoid. When you have ongoing appointments you have to update information every few months which sure gets old. And there are so many people now days they have to have some way to seperate us. It pretty pathetic but it has to be.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
I just went thru and listed all the times she asked the same thing and listed them, but now my printer won't print out.
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@celticeagle (119060)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Apr 12
Maybe you should just tell her this. Nothing is changed and I am tired of filling out this form so much.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Apr 12
I wrote all over the form. 1st time injury question. 2nd time injury question. 3rd time injury question. ETc. She said she writes it more than one time because people don't see it the first time. She's keeping all the questions on the form. Really did a lot of good to speak up, huh?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
20 Apr 12
The massage therapist is probably trying to cover herself legally. If anything goes wrong, somewhere in that 5 page form her insurers can probably find a loophole where it's actually your fault rather than hers and they need not pay out.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
Very true, but asking about surgeries 4xs, 2xs of which she has you list them is nuts. It's like she took about 4 forms and put them together, not realizing that there are many times that each form asks the same thing.
@GardenGerty (101599)
• United States
19 Apr 12
Crazy isn't it? I have had an hour long massage once. I enjoyed having my feet and my hands massaged in the process. I do not remember much on the front, back was great. No paperwork at all. I told the masseuse that my doctor said I had arthritis in three vertebra and he said some of the hand and foot work would be good for that and he would not do any extreme work on my neck at all. I hope the massage is well worth the paperwork. I enjoyed the environment as well as the massage. Disability, well they just want you to give up, I think.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
Now that I've been cut all over the place, taken apart and rearranged, I really don't think I'll enjoy it as much as I did before I was a mess. It hasn't been a year since my operation. I've got a port in the front for the chemo, a scar that is huge all down the front, an area for my catheter. I got disgusted and wrote: "Wouldn't it be easier just to ask what we do and do not want?" I don't want the front of me done as she'd need a roadmap and I'd just like to go to sleep. I don't want my bald head done since I get zits after chemo. Also my face has rosacea. So that just leaves the back. So just do light and on the back. Really all these questons about scars, allergies and operations, it discouraged me from wanting to do the front of me at all.