can you point me in the right direction

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avalonfireguy
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   Posted 8/30/2006 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
hello all,
 
i am a 22 y old male.  been dealing w/ loss of appetite for about a month now. not a big problem, but then when i do eat i get sick.  if i dont eat i get dry heve.  bowels are ok.  not scared but am very concerned because i am a bigger eater.       not sure what to do. i have no insurance.  can any of you ladies and gentlemen help me out.

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/30/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
You do need to see a doctor about your sickness/vomiting. That can be a sign of excess stomach acid, a bad gall bladder, a stomach ulcer or several other things that all need treatment. Of course that can also be a sign of cancer, which is why it's important that you get checked out (I don't want to scare you, since most forms of cancer are not common in a young person, but since most are very treatable early on, it's important you get checked out).

Are you in college? If you are, you should be able to go to your campus health clinic for free. If they can't help you, let them know that you have no insurance and you need to see someone on the cheap; I'm sure they'll help you find someone.

If you're not in college, do you qualify for state health insurance? State requirements vary a lot, but most are dependant on your income, whether or not your employer offers to cover you, and whether or not you've been turned down for regular insurance. State insurance has to cover you if no one else will take you. And most will take you if your employer offers insurance, but it's too expensive for you to afford.

Call your public health clinic and see what services they offer. I don't know if they all offer a doctor's visit, but I know I went to one to get a vaccine and it only cost me a few dollars because I was working a minimum wage job at the time. They base your pay on your income and it's very reasonable. That same shot was not covered by my insurance and would have cost $75 or so from my doctor. If they have a doctor available, you can try and see him/her. May not be the best doctor in the world, but at least you'll be able to afford any blood work he orders.

If none of those options pan out, then try a regular doctor. It helps if you have one you've seen in the past--they're more sympathetic if they know you. Call his office and tell them how you're sick but that you don't have insurance, so how much is it going to cost? Ask if they'll extend to you the same discount they give a major insurance company if you pay cash. A lot of doctors like getting cash now because they don't have to submit paperwork and wait for weeks to get reimbursed and so they'll go ahead and give you the insurance company rate. There's nothing wrong with shopping around, so don't be afraid to ask for the cost upfront and pick a doctor based on what deal they'll give you.

And should you need medicine, make sure 1) that your doctor knows you are uninsured and that you want an older, generic drug if at all possible 2) gives you any samples he might have and 3) you call around to pharmacies and get their prices. I have heard that there's a HUGE difference between some of them. I noticed last night that my Welchol at Walgreens was $104 but it was only like $88 at the local hometown pharmacy when I went to get it a couple of years ago. It's on my insurance now, so I go to Walgreens because it's on my way home, but if you're paying out of pocket, you have to watch for that. I have heard on serveral occasions that prescription meds the local places are often cheaper (more expensive on OTC stuff, though).

avalonfireguy
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   Posted 8/31/2006 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks Keriamon
that is about what i figured, unfortunitly i am not in school and make to much for state insurance. but am broke. any ways you didnt scare me with cancer. i am all to familiar with it. family and such. i also have a failing liver it is about 1/2 fat and may need to be on transplant list in a few years, they found that when i went to er for 9 kidney stones.  wow i hope i never get those again. i am a emt-b for pa.  thanks very much again.

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/31/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
If you have a failing liver, that's a big pre-existing condition. You might want to apply for regular insurance and let them know that you have that problem so they will reject you and then you can get state insurance that way. Funny how health insurance companies won't touch anyone with a serious medical illness that actually requires insurance. Your vomiting may be linked to that. The liver produces bile which in turn breaks down your food. If it's not doing its job, that may be your explanation. You symptoms are similar to people who have bad gall bladders who also have bile regulation problems.

When my gall bladder was messed up and making me nauseous, I found one of the few things I could tolerate was meal replacement drinks like Slim Fast and Carnation Instant Breakfast. You might try those to see if you can keep them down. That way you'll at least be getting some vitamins and minerals. A recent study found that rats could live quite healthy on the human equivalent of 600 calories a day, so long as they had all the necessary vitamins and minerals. In fact, they lived twice as long as rats on a normal diet. I just dread the day when "experts" tell us to pop vitamin pills and never eat again.

If you're living on a tight buget, this site is really good: http://www.stretcher.com/index.cfm They have all sorts of articles on squeezing blood from a penny. They also have some articles in their archives about affording health care. I think I've covered everything I've seen them recommend, but there may be some more stuff in there that's helpful for you.

Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 8/31/2006 10:31:30 AM (GMT-6)


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/31/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
You say you are an EMT and they don't offer insurance with your job. Are you part time? or did you just opt out of it. If you can get covered under a group then the pre-exisiting is usually waived.
 
I agree, this could all be coming from the liver. Please see someone. There has got to be clinics around that will charge according to what you can pay. Or somehow get the money from family or friends or borrow. Not much important if you don't have your health.
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