You need steroids like prednisone, you could feel like yourself again in 3-4 days, a week or so. That's what they do, rocketship fast relief.
My gasteroenteroligist practice has an online portal, where I can enter messages and send them to my doctor. They get back to me in 24-hours or less. So, I ask lots of questions and mention concerns as often as is needed. I have 6-months between my in person consultation, yes those go super fast 5-minutes with the actual doctor tops. At times when I've had a lot on my mind, I ask for the last appointment of the day and if it is okay to go over as I have a lot of questions. That works. I've used the online portal a lot for questions as they occur, to save walking into an in-office appointment with a mile long list of questions lol. If yours does not have a portal, call and ask questions as often as needed. I often speak to a helper-nurse who works with my doctor, she answers those she can, and asks the doctor and gets back to me for those she cannot.
With UC, you pretty much get the health insurance plan that costs the most in all instances. It costs more upfront for a policy with lower deductibles and copays, and that does not require referrals from a primary care but is totally worth it. High-deductible plans are only good for the healthy, for the chronically ill they are just about
worthless. I know that whatever my insurance policy costs, I will get multiple times that amount of savings out of it. My lialda otherwise costs $1,200.00 a month X 12 months = $14,400.00 annually. My rowasa otherwise costs $350 a month X 12 = $4,200.00 annually. My Remicade otherwise costs $9,800.00 every 6-weeks X 9 - $88,200.00 annually. That's a grand total of $106,800.00 a year which does not include doctors visits, my other medication 6MP, any procedures like the blood tests I do, colonoscopies, etc. So my insurance premium is tiny in comparison, and a bargain for me as a chronically ill person.
Are you in the USA or another country? In the USA we have FLMA and the ADA that says our employer must make "reasonable accommodations" on a temporary basis and cannot fire us for being sick. Other countries have varying laws that might be equivalent. Just make sure you've told HR about
your illness and needs, and most companies are accommodating the best they can be, and realize everyone needs to heal.
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