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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone. Here's a scenario I thought to throw out there.

What do you do when you are can't hold down ANYTHING, including your meds, then you come up short of until your next refills?? For 6 days I couldn't hold down water. I ended up in my PCP's office and now have suppository nausea medication BUT I will be short on ALL meds, CD, blood pressure... ALL. I doubt my insurance will pay even if my doctors refill early. Hum... I wonder how to handle the insurance company to. ???

I have been logging every day in a journal and am thinking about taking it in to my doctor... but heck, even I don't like reading it. It's one heck of a nightmare read. :)

Thought I would ask, since we all go through bouts where we are off food. Figured there's many of you out here that have had this happen to.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Texan!

Sorry I don't have any suggestions for you. Just praying a solution comes forward and you feel better soon!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
You could try asking your doctor to call your insurance company to ask them to authorize a week of all your meds. Explain the situation and see what happens. Given the situation, they should be able to help. Also, there is a chance that your doctors office might have samples of some, if not all, of your meds and you might be able to fill in the 6 days that way.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 5/4/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
If, hypothetically, you had lost them on vacation instead of into the toilet, they would refill them in a heartbeat. I say, worst case scenario, fib if you have to. I've never had any trouble getting refills for "nausea replacement stock", or with the insurance paying... but I have Medicare and I have no idea how closely they watch.

I hope you get to feeling better soon!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Lesley, if I couldn't even keep down my meds, I'd be seriously thinking about taking myself to hospital...

I hope you feel better very soon.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Ivy, but I went through the same thing a couple of months ago where I couldn't keep down meds or even water. I basically just waited it out until I felt better, but I would highly recommend not doing what I did because I got really sick from it. You should consider checking yourself into the hospital.

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 5/5/2009 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys. Thanks.

Um... I don't really do hospitals. I know it's a danger with CD not to. I go in when it gets real bad, but other than that, what are they going to do, pump me full of pain medication, fluids, antibiotics... or tell me they want to do surgery. It's just a bad time. We all have 'em. Just gotta get over this bump in the road. I was just wondering if you guys had experienced the same. I'm keeping a daily journal so that when I do go into the hospital, doctor(s)' they will know EXACTLY what's going on with my body each and every day.

The vomiting is slowing finally, thankfully. I've goot a system down now. Nausea meds first... then take ALL other meds. Since I haven't been able to stomach vitamins at all, I am going smoothie's with vitamin packs in them.

K. Arthritis is pretty sever this morning so I'm going to stop typing and relax for a bit before going into work.

You guys have a good day. Will check back in (as always) tomorrow morning. :)


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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Usually, if you have refills, most insurance companies allow you to refill 7 days or so before your script runs out. Call your scripts in...see what happens...oh and it probably wouldn't hurt to let your docs know what happened.

Yeah, I understand that thing about hospitals...I won't go unless NOTHING and, I mean nothing, is working. I mean I'd rather be in my own bed writhing in pain, than in an ER waiting room for 6 hours or more...

I hope you are doing better...
"The earth laughs in flowers"

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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   

I think it's different everywhere and I'm Canadian - but my Dr has "samples" of the meds I take and when I was short and explained my dilemma she was able to supplement me


"Live the light, light the love, smell the coffee, eat more flowers, don't forget the faeries, mind the moon and, remember, what goes out comes back in a big way!" Kat Smithey A Dianic Witch...
53 year old woman, bald, cranky :)
diagnosed 20 yrs ago - in "remission" for 6 years!~

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   Posted 5/5/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I know the feeling as well, I'm the type to stick it out in bed rather than go to the hospital, but it can be a really bad habit. Glad to hear you're feeling better, I went through about a 3 month period where I couldn't hold down even water, and it was a total nightmare, my family was convinced that I was going to die from it. When you're feeling that bad though, I think the last thing anyone wants is to have to sit in an ER waiting to hear your name called instead of being about to run off to the bathroom the next time you feel ill. Hope it keeps getting better.
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