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Posted by twa on August 15, 2000 at 15:53:35:

In Reply to: Message for Harry posted by Angie E on August 15, 2000 at 13:01:26:

: Well, my blood test came back negative for Celiac. Now, I've done tons of research on this. Everything I've read states that the blood test is highly inconclusive and the only sure fire way to prove Celiac is through a small bowel biopsy. Am I right Harry, or am I totally losing my mind??? Or, do I have a dips#@* Dr (which I'm believing more and more everyday). I've cancelled the sigmoidoscopy. I told them I wanted a full colonoscopy with sedation or I would go to a dr. who would. He wouldn't do it. I told them I would rather give birth without pain relief again than go through anything that even resembles a lower GI. I was polite, however, I was firm. Insurance won't pay for it, but I think I"ll cough up the money and have a full colonoscopy. Why only do it halfway. I've had everything else checked thoroughly, why not this. What if I did the sig and they missed something like diverticulitis or something like they did you. I have sharp pains in my left side when I have a BM, so, I know something isn't quite right. Might not be able to find anything (as usual) but at least I'll know for sure. Harry, I value your opinion...just give it to me straight. Am I a nutcase? (Wait a minute, do I really want an answer to that???) I've had about all of this crap (pun intended) I can handle. My diarrhea stops when I go gluten ifs, ands, or butts. I ate a piece of bread yesterday and have had diarrhea all morning. I'm just about ready to give up on this...
: Angie E

Hi Angie E. Sorry that I've butted in, but don't give up. Don't give up on your health OR your insurance. Call your insurance company. Tell them that you want to have a colonoscopy. Ask them how they recomend that you do that. If you talk to enough people, someone will listen. My experience with insurance companies is that it takes many phone calls to get what you want, but it is possible. You need to keep notes, too. Who you talked to, when you talked to them and what they said. My husband has diabetes. I've spent LOTS of time on the phone to doctors, pharmacies and insurance companies trying not to go broke with all of his medical bills. It's not easy, but it can be done.

About the doctor...try talking to your family doctor. Tell him your story and get their advice. Ask her is she CAN give you a refferal to another doctor who can and will do the colonoscopy. (He may not be able to b/c of the insurance. Some insurance companies tell them how to treat and to whom they can refer patients.)

Most importantly....hang in there! Listen to your body. Do what you think is right. Know that we are all praying for you. Don't let them force you into ill health.
God bless and good health------twa

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