Hi Birunji......welcome to Healingwell! :) I think it all depends on how severe your Uc is as to whether or not any hospitalization is required, complications etc. I've never heard of Uc itself killing anyone due to ulceration because the ulcers only penetrate to the mucousal level however all the symptoms that come with Uc such as bleeding, D, etc can be deadly if not treated. Severe anemia can cause death in some people because it can cause complications with the heart as well as other organs. But I think that if someone gets to that point they would definately know that something is not right with them and would seek help regardless of the cost. There are different severities of Uc all of which should be treated in some form or another. There is the medicinal route, herb/supplements, and/or diet. If you can't afford Asacol and can tolerate Sulfa, then I recommend you try Sulfasalazine to keep your symptoms in check. It's pretty cheap compared to the other meds out there. Sulfasalazine runs about $15-30 (It's been a while since I've been on this) for a 30 day supply as opposed to Asacol which is around $350. As for going to the hospital when your symptoms are severe enough, that is up to you because "severe" has different meanings to all of us. Only you will know when is the right time to go if you have to.
Private insurance is where you seek out insurance without the aid of an employer. This can get rather costly especially with any health concerns. Group insurance is plans thru your employer. My hubby works for Ford Motor Company and I am covered under the group health plan and I didn't have any "probation" period at all. I think it depends on the company and what they have to offer and what they're coverages etc are.
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06
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