Man!! I can't get a hold of a rheumatologist!!

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Celey
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
This sucks!!! Either they're not taking new patients or they're not taking my insurance...

And then there was one that was, but they wanted a physician referral, and I don't have one. (I don't know if I'll be able to get one or not, either... with the way the doctors pay attention *or rather the fact that they don't* to me...)

I don't know what to do... I just want to cry...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Crohn's 4 ever
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I hear ya, you must live in Canada, cause that is always my deal.  Insurance could be holding you back, but I doubt it. Did you tell them your dilemma??? mad
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gumby44
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Be assertive and demand that your primary doc give you a referral for the rhematologist. If you feel sick and are not up to being assertive, then have a family member call for you...they will still need to put you on the phone because of confidentiality, but you have a right to see the specialist. Don't give up. I know that when I feel sick, I'm so much more helpless then when I'm well....you may need an advocate!
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currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics


gachrons
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celey All specialist here in Canada pretty much want a referral. Have to ask your GP probably. Hope things are going good for you tummy wise. lol gail

petittarte
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
If your insurance doesn't require a referral than the doctor shouldn't. Your insurance company should be able to refer to a rheumy in your area. If there isn't one in within a certain amount of miles to your home the insurance might have to pay for you see one local but check with your state insurance board on that.
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Celey
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm in the U.S... on Medicaid...

And I don't have any family members to advocate for me... My mom is too out of it (she's a clinically diagnosed schizophrenic)... My dad is in jail...

And my grandma has enough of her own problems...

Tummy-wise I've been doing better than I have been... This weekend was kind of rough, but I think I can blame that on the celery that I ate...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


gachrons
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celey Just keep after your GP and maybe he will listen after awhile or ask your GI he would or at least should know about the problems with CD .Celey I was a bit alone in life too and I am glad you have a Grandma. Been busy mowing the lawn lately cain't even believe how much I got done took a few days but it sure looks good. lol gail

ivy6
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   Posted 6/23/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Would the CCFA advocate for you, or at least offer some advice?
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kgirlie
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   Posted 6/23/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   

My thoughts are with you. I have insurance and I called a rheumy and I can't get in until September. Better than nothing I guess, but just three more months of suffering. I absolutely feel your pain. I am just thankful for my insurance and the fact that I don't have to work until August.

Kgirlie


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27 year old female dx with CD in 2001. Pentasa 4 g/day, Prednisone 30 mg/day, Lexapro 10 mg/day, Wellbutrin 150 mg/day, Remicade, topamax, nadalol, Maxalt 10 mg as needed. Mother of son, 3, and daughter, 10 months.  


Celey
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   Posted 6/23/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
That's a good idea, Ivy. Maybe I could call up the CCFA and get help that way. For now... I'm going to wait until my next doctor's appointment. See what he says about referring me to a rheumatologist... (I'm thinking about printing some stuff out about avascular necrosis and highlighting some things... maybe that'll get his attention, too)...

I can only hope, anyway...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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