Posted 4/4/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -7)
PCP = primary care physician
CBC w/differential = complete blood count
CPC = not sure what that is. Name of a food company in the USA
Sounds like your healthcare system is in shambles. Ours is very strange indeed: really great for some and nonexistent for millions. Those of us with insurance probably have good care but private insurance (individual and not through a company) is very, very expensive if you can get it. Medicare does not kick in until you are 65 and it is OK if you pay additional for supplemental and prescription insurance. There are about 50 million Americans who have NO insurance at all. We need to transform our healthcare system and use the best of government oversight and private sector efficiency but we have a silly, ideological debate that ignores the problem and the people who are suffering.
Ironically, our government system of social security is far more efficient than any private pension. Seems like we should clone it for use in our health care system. Government is not all bad....nor is the private sector all good.
6 months seems like a reasonable time to be tested unless you are having really bad symptoms. Then you need a more aggressive course of treatment.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's syndrome.
Meds: prednisone (9mg & tapering), 150mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller