Dealing with a flare up without Health Insurance?

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   Posted 1/16/2009 1:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya, I just moved to a new city and am trying to find work. But, of course, my Crohn's decides to flare up causing a nice blockage. I'm getting a little better (with sleep) but I know how these things work, I could easily have another set-back in the coming weeks. Besides the fact that I have little energy and haven't eaten much of anything in the past three days. Anyone have suggestions on how to deal with a flare-up without insurance? Thanks in advance.


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   Posted 1/16/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I'm so sorry you're in this situation. Will your old GI still give you a prescription if you call him or her? While prednisone is a drug that has a lot of side effects, because it's been around so long, it's one of the cheapest meds for Crohn's. Also, I don't think metronidazole (antibiotic) is too expensive (compared to what you pay for newer non-generic meds), there's also a generic for bentyl (if you're suffering from abdominal cramping). I think while pred is not a great drug to be on, it's better to be on it to get the flare under control. So, if I were in your shoes, I'd try to get a doc to give me a script for prednisone, and stay on it (along with calcium) until the flare got under control. There are also generics for azathrioprine or 6-mp (I think), though I've never bought this before. You'll still have to shell out some money for the meds to get you through the flare, but I think I'd both beg and borrow to get me the meds needed to knock out the flare, before the flare took a large chunk out of you.

Also, I'd go on a very low residue diet with soft foods that are easily digestible, and make sure I'm taking additional vitamins, including B-12, folic acid and iron. Those are my suggestions, I hope it's at least slightly helpful.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I delt with a massive flare up without insurance for 3 months before I broke down and went to the ER. I litterally couldnt take it anymore, I was in so much pain, and I had lost over 30lbs, I was lucky if I could eat  a half a cup of rice a day. I went and was admitted, and once I was in my room I told my nurse I needed to speak with SOMEONE that could help me because I didnt have insurance, so I talked to a case worker within the hospital, and after like 3 weeks of fighting and yelling my bill which turned out to be 90k was fully covered by the hospital :)  I was then put on state health insurance for 6 months.  Im really not sure how it works in every state, but as far as Im concerned theres always a way around everything if you fight hard enough, and while Im in a flare, I am not one to be messed around with!

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)

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   Posted 1/16/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, a lot of docs will negotiate their price if you just go in and see them. The nurses and receptionists don't usually have the power to do this, but the docs can be quite reasonable sometimes. I've had docs settle for 50% of their normal office charge because I was paying in cash (even though I used plastic). Most are sympathetic to SOME degree. Many have offered monthly installments of as low as $10 or $20.

Lots of docs are able to provide you with free samples of meds that might help you too... I've been sent home with grocery bags full before.

And like Mag said, in the end - there really is always a way around it. I've had similar experiences where HUGE sums have been forgiven once the rights forms are filled out...

Think about what's best for you in the long run... I hope you feel better soon.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

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