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Maverick, I think this is a really good idea for a group. I think it is nice to have a place to talk about your health concerns without putting it all in the "vent" category.
Yea, it seemed like we were overwhelming the Venting Thread, LOL.
I will start out and copy and paste from the vent thread. It is half vent and half about health, so here it is:
Went to the Dr. today. Told her I was still having chest pains on the right side that sometimes traveled down to the elbow. Also told her I had been told this was a side effect from them taking the mammary vein from the right side.
She says "right side eh? Well that's funny cause they took the vein from the left side."
So, now she wants me to get into the Cardiologist ASAP to find out why the right side is hurting.
That should take a good month or so to get done...
Then she goes thru the medications on my list, and says "this is confusing, where is the Lopressor?" The state refused it. Now I know why my heart rate shoots up when I try to go to PT. So we end with her wanting to see me in three months. Three months? Wow I must be in good shape if we can go that long before seeing her again! So now I am feeling pretty good, only the receptionist tells me they don't fill out the schedule that far in advance, call back in two months...
I know exactly what you mean about doctors. My GP told me to start cutting back on my anti-inflammatory, and start taking a natural one. I started by taking both and was feeling more pain so we called the doctor who said to cut the Naproxen and stay on the Celadrin (natural). Well, remember when I vented a few days ago that my pain levels were through the roof? By Tuesday evening I was in total agony everywhere and couldn't move an muscle without feeling it hurt all over. We were at a friend's house and I broke down in tears because I couldn't get my pill box open as it hurt my hand so bad. That night I couldn't sleep at all because the covers and mattress and everything hurt me so I decided enough was enough and took a Naproxen. I slept well and took another, without the Celedrin in the morning and kept getting better and better. So, Celedrin goes out the window and I stay with my Naproxen. I could get an ulcer, but what's a little more pain eh?
Second, I saw the new surgeon yesterday and while I really like him and he wants to help me, he doesn't want to do anything "just yet". He said while I am young for a full replacement knee, it may be our answer. I could have the lesser arthroscopy but it might not work and then I will have to have the replacement anyway....if I don't develop an infection. Then he says he wants to talk to the referring doctor (who I don't like at all) to find out why he wouldn't do the replacement. So I have to wait three weeks to find out what is going to happen.
It almost sounds like we have the same doctors even though our countries and conditions are different!
Mav, I remembered this morning how I wanted to sum up that last note.
Why is it that our health care systems find it necessary to fowl up medications and put scares into us about the diagnosis and/or cure, then take their sweet time doing anything about it?
I wish I knew. I know for us most of our problems spring from the insurance companies, they get their meddling paws in there and think they are best equipped to determine what health care you need and not your doctor.
I have noticed lately that a lot of doctors are recommending more natural remedies, or vitamin supplements, etc. In your case I don't think that was very wise of your doctor. I know mine recommended multi-vitamins, fiber, and fish oil for me. All as supplements to help my meds work better, not to replace them.
On my end, I have to take responsibility for being bad about taking my meds on a regular basis, IE at the same time every day. Having depression often interferes with my schedule in that some days I will get up late, some days I can't sleep and am up all night, etc. Well, my doctor tells me that taking the medicine everyday is only half the battle, that for it to work properly it needs to be spaced either 24hrs apart or 12hrs depending on dosage. IE once a day at 8am every single day, and if I am late then the amount in my body gets off and the medicine doesn't work as effectively as it should. So taking it at different times each day is limiting its effectiveness.
That was an interesting bit of information.
On that note, thanks for reminding me. I find too that I have to take them on time or might as well not take them at all. It is now 3:41 and I just realized I haven't taken my 2:00 meds!
With us here, our medical is pretty much standardized but for prescriptions it isn't. My doctor wanted me on the natural supplements because it was cheaper for us than the Naproxin and we are not on an extended health plan that covers all or part of presecriptions. I get my meds for depression and anxiety free because there is a special plan for that, but not the pain or asthma meds which are terribly expensive.
Here we have private health insurance, then Medicaid if you are poor enough, or Medicare of you are retired or on disability. Medicare also has a prescription plan if you qualify, I just found out I qualified about a year ago, LOL. I will be looking into that to compare the list of accepted meds with medicaids to see if I would be better off.
Failing that we have Cook County which can get you most meds reduced or free but you wait forever to get in. Then there is Walmart which carries a lot of common prescriptions for just $4.
Oh gosh, ya'll, I am blown away by all the health things you are dealing with. And ya'll are still normal!!!! Insurance for me is OK right now. So far they have covered everything except for $20 co-pays. But we had trouble when my boy had his 2 surgeries on his chest. It took forever for the ins. co to pay. And they only paid the surgeons at the out of network rate, even though there was no one in network that did his procedure. Thankfully, the surgeons never billed us for the $8000 difference.
I think my Crestor and Niaspan are a couple of hundred dollars a month but I get them for $20 each. The fish oil and the Co Q 10 cost as much or more!
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