F.M. treatment centers? to afford it.

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Spicey
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, Has anyone heard of the Fibromyalgia treatment centers of America? I'm wondering how the average person can afford to seek treatment there,when they don't bill to insurances. They apparently have their own insurance that you can purchase. I have been feeling desparate lately with my mobility affecting due to the pain,plus I've gained 35 lbs. since last Nov. So, I called them. boy,Was I dreaming! I asked them,how do people afford it? They said,"Oh,they find a way". If I had a home,I could sell it ,I guess.

Spicey
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Ooops, the F.m. centers must be similiar to the Cancer treatment centers of america, where if you take out a second or third mortgage,then you could afford it.

lost in philly
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a similar place that I would LOVE to afford near Philly. They told me that they like to run a bunch of blood work (mostly hormone levels) right away and that insurance wouldnt cover it. So it would cost about $800 out of pocket at first but that the rest of the appointments are covered by insurance.
It sure would be nice to have all of our specialists under one roof! As it is I dont really feel like one doctor is overlooking my whole case...each one of them has a different part of me! And I have 13 doctors!!!
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donnaeil
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   Posted 7/3/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I think they cost more than they are worth.

Donnaeil

Chutz
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   Posted 7/3/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a skeptic I guess but I would be cautious about these places. Your money might be better spent at a spa resort for a few days. Any medical doctor can, and should, run all of the blood work that they claim to do. From there, once you get a diagnosis, it's your choice which direction you think your treatment should take.

Reading around the internet I found one of this company's statements "Our goal is not to manage pain; it's to overcome it". I equate 'overcome' with cure. Sorry, no cure for true fibro out there yet. And they have no interest in managing pain? Doesn't sound like my type of treatment. I'm sure the pampering feels good but they are the one who feels good in the end when their wallets are full.

Just my opinion here...
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Sherrine
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   Posted 7/4/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Donnaeil and Chutzie!  I wouldn't waste my time, energy, or money on those places.  If there was something that truly worked for all, our doctors would know about it.  Also, as you can see from the cost, they are in it for the money.
 
I had a doctor's appointment yesterday.  He is a board certified Internist and also a diplomate that is associated with the medical school here in Florida.  He spend 35 minutes with me yesterday and the office call was $45.  Now, that's a person that is there to help me. 
 
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