Murmur remedial questions

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  1. WXH1

    WXH1 Member

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    DS's pediatrician felt like she heard a murmur when he was about 3-4. Sent him to pediatric cardiologist. He said it was an innocent Still's murmur which is the most common innocent murmur requiring no restriction, not further follow up or appointments or anything ever. DodMets doc did not hear it at his physical. None the less DODMERB has given him a remedial to obtain a current Echo with color flow doppler. Here are my questions, what are the advantages or disadvantages to using our own cardiologist instead of the Concord contracted one ( other than cost, I know we have to pay if we use our own).
    Second question, he had several "yes" on the history including things like broken bones and allergies. This is the only remedial listed in his letter. Does that most likely mean this is the only one, or could they be waiting to clear this before even worrying about other things?
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  2. USNavy1988

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    I can share our experience with my son's heart murmur last year. Please private message me if you want!
     
  3. USMAROTCFamily

    USMAROTCFamily 5-Year Member

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    Our daughter's "Innocent Heart Murmur" turned into a real problem for us when she went through DoDMERB in 2013/14. We sent in copies of all of her previous records and test results that showed there was no issue, but they also required the new Echo. We went to the contracted Dr. to have it done. They sent a report indicating they suspected a major issue and requested additional testing. It was very difficult to try to find a DoDMETS provider for this specialty test, but finally arranged for it to be done. Then we were told they had ordered the wrong test! This was dragging on for months. We were obviously concerned about our daughter's health and we got copies of all of the reports they had sent in, etc. At that point, we went to our own Dr. and got a referral to our local Cardiologist. The Cardiologist suspected the tests were improperly done or read. He ordered all new tests, which showed she was completely fine, as all previous testing had shown. He wrote a strongly worded letter indicating he absolutely felt the previous Dr's office had misread/misdiagnosed the situation. By the time all of this got done, we were down to the wire of having to commit to the school that she would go to, which was dependent upon her being able to utilize her ROTC scholarship. Our private Dr. faxed everything directly to DoDMERB that same day, and we were in touch with them. The very next day she was cleared. This was on April 30th! So the decision came in, just in time. The whole process took over 4 months and was very stressful. So, if I had to do it all again, I would have gone straight to her pediatrician who would have made the referral to the Cardiologist and we would have handled it ourselves.
     
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  4. WXH1

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    Thank you so much. I have read several stories like yours so we have decided to definitely go with paying our own doctor! Im glad you got yours cleared successfully, wish us luck!
     
  5. Wagmore

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    My DS had a heart murmur detected during DoDMERB physical. He had also listed a past history of allergies and a broken bone. The only remedial requested was for the heart murmur - Echo with color flow doppler. We went to our own cardiologist for the test. Cardiologist was very thorough in his write-up knowing that the results were going to DoDMERB. DoDMERB cleared DS and did not ask for follow up on allergies or broken bone. The only negative was a $700 bill for the cardiologist that we paid out of pocket. Very glad we went with our own doctor.
     
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  6. WXH1

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    UPDATE: We went to our own cardiologist at our own expense. He found DS to have a totally normal heart!! Sent to DodMERB last Friday and his status just changed to QUALIFIED! OMG! I am so relieved!!
     
  7. USMAROTCFamily

    USMAROTCFamily 5-Year Member

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    That's great news; I'm glad you went that route to expedite things.
     
  8. falconchic88

    falconchic88 5-Year Member

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    Awesome news!