Setbacks and dissapoinments.

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   Posted 6/5/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Well more setbacks and dissapointments. I have waited 5 months to see a rheumy and then 2 days before the appt it was canceled because the dr had a family emergency and his partners were overbooked taking care of his regular patients. Because I was a new pt and hadn't been established yet the receptionist offered to re-schedule me for sometime in August!!!!! Can you believe it??? I would have to wait another 2 months to see this guy!!! I told her bluntly just exactly how I felt about the whole situation and how upset I was at the entire medical profession!! Of course she sympathized with my situation and apologized profusely but it was out of her hands!!! Then I find out that my new pcp no longer accepts my insurance and if  I want to continue to keep seeing her I would have to start paying out of pocket. Meanwhile I have been dealing with dibilitating dizziness, migraines, severe aches and pains, neausea,  and just an overwhelming feeling of malise the last couple of days. I've been so sick to my stomach that i haven't really been able to eat anything in 2 days. I dont' really want to go to the ER because that's another $100 co pay that we can't afford right now. On top of all this we will have to move within the next 2 months. No wonder I went into a flare!!! 

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   Posted 6/5/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
most hospitals have a program to cover what your insurance doesn't based on income. I am sorry things have gotten so bad.
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   Posted 6/6/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
(((( Natalie ))))) bless your heart, how frustrating! I don't blame you for getting upset. Is there another rheumy in your area you can see or perhaps asked to be on their list in case they get a cancellation? I sure hope things work out and that you get to see a rheumy soon! Let us know how you are doing.

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   Posted 6/6/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Natalie.. I'm sorry that your are going through this, it is differcult to deal with, where I'm at we have a hospital where no patients are turned away. Hope you get the help you need. Good Luck with everything. Debbie
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   Posted 6/7/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry things are going badly for you right now. Good luck and I hope things get better. And remember, your health is the most important thing. Don't put off going to the ER if you feel like there is really something wrong. There's always payment options. Good luck and I hope everything gets better for you!
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   Posted 6/9/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a huge pile of bills and they get paid when they get paid. What is important is your health. Maybe you can spend the time finding a new pcp and trying them out. Maybe one will help you out until you can get in to see the rheumy. It sounds like that problem is one that really going to break you.

The hospitals usually have high threshols for financial assistance, and they will usually pay what your insurance doesn't, or at least split it with you. If you are having problems with nausea and digesting your food and feel horrible, you may have no choice but to go to the ER or an urgent care place. There are some over the counter meds that others here take or have taken with success, they knock me out. I take zofran, which is really expensive.

I understand your frustration, but my rheumie is booking four months out even for established patients. There are too few good rheumies around.
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