LLMD in Montgomery County (Maryland), DC, or NoVA who will take UHC PPO insurance?

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JS4
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   Posted 10/18/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I have United HealthCare, a PPO. I cannot afford to pay out of pocket without moving into my ten year old car. Please, please don't suggest I just try to get reimbursed. I am in very bad shape physically. I have been diagnosed with ALS however a RN friend who lives out of state has strongly suggested that I get tested for lyme.

If you know of a LLMD in Montgomery County, DC, or NoVA who will take my insurance please reply here or contact me via email.

A note: I do not know who Dr. A or Dr. B or Dr. C is. (I see that many posts refer to doctors by the last name initial.) Also, "Dr. X is wonderful but he isn't taking patients" won't work either. I don't mean to be curt. I'm in very rough shape already, thus the ALS diagnosis.

I live in Montgomery County, MD.

Thank you very much for any help.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/18/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JS4,

The reason we don't use doctors names on the forum is to protect our Lyme doctors. They have been put through so much these past few years. We use email to post doctors full names. Here is some information that will help you find an LLMD in your area.

Welcome to the forum! We're so glad that you found us:)

For information on finding a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor(LLMD) in your area, please email our long time member, Ticker at:
ko_@bellsouth.net 

If you'd like more doctor suggestions, you can email stephanie at: stephanie@turnthecorner.orgYou can also go to: www.turnthecorner.org/bod.htm if you want to learn a little bit more about Lyme Disease. 

You will want to find an ILADS(International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society) doctor. The
ILADS site is a great place read to get you started on your Lyme journey. 
www.ilads.org/

For great info and links, please read the topic at the top of the first page of this forum tittled, "New To Lyme?......Start Here!" It will help you get started learning about lyme.
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/18/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
FYI- Make sure you put in your email that the doctor you are referred to takes insurance.
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JS4
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   Posted 10/18/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response. I really appreciate it. I'm so frustrated with well-intentioned people who tell me to just pay out of pocket. I am driving a ten year old car with a dying transmission. I'm going to die before my student loans are paid. I don't have cable. My neighbor lets me use his wifi internet. I just don't have the extra money to spare. I do have supposedly good insurance. (HA!) Ok, well, for what it is, it is ok. But you all know how even good insurance works. "Good insurance" is an oxymoron.

I find it highly ironic that most insurers won't cover lyme treatment but will cover $895 month for a prescription for the only ALS drug on the market (Rilutek) that is essentially useless.

Ok, ok, rant over.

THANKS for helping. This sure is frustrating. If I had the energy, I'd scream.

confused

PS: Anyone with doctor names, please email me. I would like to figure out exactly what I have before I get worse. ALS is kind of a garbage diagnosis, kind of like fibromyalgia and CFS in that when they can't figure out what's wrong you get the label. Unfortunately, the symptoms of ALS are devastating so if I have Lyme rather than whatever ALS is, I'd like to know that.

Post Edited (JS4) : 10/18/2009 5:09:16 PM (GMT-6)


CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/18/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I definetely understand where you are coming from. Lyme can mimic so many other illnesses. I'd want to know for sure too!
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skigal
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   Posted 10/19/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
JS4, Sent you an email.

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   Posted 10/27/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also in Mont County, MD and am seeking a new LLMD. Any suggestions? I've been seeing Dr. M in Rockville for 2 years and think I need a fresh start.

Thanks

scorpio1960
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   Posted 10/27/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I know it's extremely frustrating and maddening but don't assume that your insurance will not cover your meds just because there are no lyme literate doctors in your network. I don't want to give you false hope but if you can find a doctor who is willing to treat you for LD, your meds may very well be covered. Hopefully either Ticker or Stephanie at Turn the Corner will be able to give you the name of a doctor in your area. I understand your frustration and wish you all the best.
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