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Arthritis board


I agree with Aether, it's probably due to no insurance. My rheum's visit with no insurance is almost $400.00 per visit, I know it' insane, especially since with my insurance, he only ends up getting about $90 all together. You might want to call some Rheums and tell them your situation. Some may agree to accept an amount they would normally receive from an insurance company or charge you less, or possibly accept payments. It certainly can't hurt to ask about it.

Other than that, your other docs could sent you for blood test, however...blood tests can end up costing hundreds of dollars as well. <[COLOR="Red"]removed>

I do have insurance, but it's a very basic plan, which was the cheapest. I have a $500 yearly cap on both prescriptions and doc visits. I met that cap on scripts in 2 months! And I think I'm pretty close to meeting the doc visit cap. I also have high co-payments for some procedures, such as an ESI, which I could really use about now. But i've not been seeing my docs much latetly because of all this. I need a new spine MRi also (my last is 2 years old) but certainly can't afford that either. So I know what you're dealing with.

You would have to find out what kind of arthritis you have, since there are over 100 different kinds. And many are caused by different things. For example, one can have thyroid problems, but thyroid problems can actually cause joint pains. It can be a long process to get all kinds of testing to narrow down the possibilities.

It would be best if you could see a Rheum, but in the meantime, have you tried taking any over the counter anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Aleve? If not, you could at least try one. But you'd have to take it round the clock, just as directed on the bottle. Like Ibuprofen should be taken all the time every 4-6 hours. After several days taking it this way, it would build up to therapeutic levels. But of course there's no guarantee it would help you.

I suggest calling around to several local Rheums' and ask what their normal fes are...then try to negotiate them. I know a few people who've done this and the docs ended up accepted a fee way lower than their usual charge. And if you cannot afford it, then Do ask your current docs about blood tests.

If you do see a Rheum, and they want to try some medications, ask if they have samples (they almost always do). Tell them you don't want to waste your money on a script if it doesn't end up helping at all.

Do you have any other symptoms you can think of besides joint pains? Do you have fatigue, any rashes, memory problems, swelling, or any thing like that?

Also, I don't know what your income is, but many states have local clinics, some on sliding scale fees, where you pay only what you can afford. It's just another option.