I completely understand your situation. I have been unemployed for just under a year. Luckily, I have spoken to my GI's office and they are ok with mailing my labs and consulting by phone instead of me coming in to see her. I do have insurance, but my copay to see my GI is $60, and that's $60 that could go toward paying a utility bill. Maybe you could call your doctor and explain the situation and get their advice. I'd just tell them that once you have insurance, you would be more than willing to come see them, but right now you can't afford it. Many doctors are in the same situation, with many patients without insurance or jobs. If you explain that you can't afford to see them AND get meds, and see if they are ok with you taking prednisone and seeing if it helps, they can give you pointers as to how many pills for how many days. It's hard to condone self medicating, but in these times, it's tough not to to some extent.
32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!