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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
does fibro disqalify one from purchasing private ins? Is it considered a pre-existing condition? does anyone find darvicot takes edge of pain thank you

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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't remember seeing your name before, so welcome! I have Fibro, and we have private health insurance. Years ago it disqualified me, and I had to be on the "uninsurable health plan" (crappy) for awhile, then they threw me off that too so I was without for a couple of years. Then they changed the law so I could get it, but it is NOT cheap. Not sure about the pre-existing condition. (My husband is independently employed so he takes care of all that.)

I take Darvocet for my pain flares, have for about 20 years, and it almost always takes the edge off. I don't like the way it also takes away my enjoyment of things, but sometimes that can't be helped. Seems like every drug has its downside, and at least it doesn't make my heart race or my chest ache like some others. And I don't usually need it all that often, so it's not a problem for me. Does it work for you?
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa, welcome to the boards. I know nothing about the insurance but I used to take the darvocet and it did help with the pain. I can no longer take it because I am intolerant to pain meds since having surgery a few years ago. I hope others will be able to answer your insurance questions. Just want to let you know that this is a great board to come to. I am fairly new but I feel like I belong.

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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Lisa, and welcome to the Fibro forum.  I'm not sure what to tell you about fibromyalgia and insurance.  I had it when my husband changed jobs but I also had other illnesses like Crohn's.  So, I always had to wait six months before the insurance would start covering me.  It would be a pre-existing condition.  Any illness you have before you go to another insurance is a pre-existing condition I think. 
I don't take darvocet.  I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tyelnol, malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements to help with pain and fatigue. 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...second thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro, including info on malic acid/magnesium and vitamin D3 and how they work in your body. 
I'm sure others will come along with what works for them and you will get more ideas.  What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.  We have to try things to see what works for us.
I'm glad you popped over here to get some help.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa and Welcome. I can't tell you about private insurance. I too don't tolerate narcotics well and have found that the Tylenol for Arthritis works for me. It's just a higher dose then Tylenol Extra Strength but instead of three on the extra strength I can take two.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I hope you are able to get insurnace. I know that having a pre-exsisting condition can have an affect but not sure it is with all insurnaces. You would just have to apply and see.

I haven't had much luck with pain medicine. I use to take darvocet way back when. My primary care dr. use to give it to me. But now that some many dr.'s are reluctant to give out pain medicine I have nothing to really help.

I hope that you are able to find something that works for you. There are those that have found the right stuff, hope you are one of them.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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