I may be at perfect performance for three or four weeks and then unable to get out of bed for three or four days. I cant always afford to go to the doctor to get a work excuse. Not that it would matter because the several times I did go to the ER they cant diagnose what is wrong with me anyway. (Yet they can send me a bill that I cant afford to pay which is ruining my credit!) So the general diagnosis is, I am looking for a script for pain meds. Its so frustrating. Because first of all, I cant afford the pain meds! Second of all, I take tylenol, aleve, or ibuprofen for my pain and the docs tell me its not good for me at the doses I take. I UNDERSTAND THAT. But what am I supposed to do?
If you really can't afford it, you should qualify for Medicaid. Get signed up for it right away. And don't take too much of the OTC pain pills unless you want more serious medical problems like liver damage and more. The ObamaCare plan which the Republicans say they will revoke as their #1 priority is a plan that will include far more Americans getting insurance. Think about this at voting time. Also Medicaid could get cut more if Romney gets in.
Hello whyohwhy, & welcome to the site. It would help to answer your question if you had more information about your condition or pain . We are not doctors, but do have a few good RN's on the site. Just taking pain pills doesn't help if you don't have a diagnosis for what is causing your pain. Without further information about your pain, like when, where or how bad it is etc,,, it is hard to answer your question. Whom have you seen for this? It it a joint problem or all over, your back or what? There are so many conditions that could be causing your problem, & so many different treatments you need to give us more info to be able to help you. Also when asking a question on here, you need to make it as a conversation instead of a direct question. On a conversation we can can answer several times. On a direct question we can only answer once, & then just make comments. Just a hint for you if you should decide to repharse your question. Would like to help, but as I said, need more info...
Hi whyohwhy, I'm so sorry to hear the frustrating situation that you are in. I suggest that you keep a notebook of every doctor, ER visit, and your book on symptoms etc., to every single appt. that you go. Perhaps someone can see a pattern through all of this, but you have to put it all together. It must be horribly frustrating!! There is someone on this site named Tee who has gone through the exact same situation as you have, losing jobs because of pain, etc. She understands, and I will tell her to write to you. Best wishes, and everyone is right. IF you keep taking all of those OTC's you are only asking for MORE problems health wise. I realize that you have to work, but you want to live too.
I immediately thought of costochondritis as I was reading your posts. I dont get on here over the weekend much because i work on the computer M-F so I dont feel like being on here on my days off so I am sorry i hadnt seen your question sooner. Costochondritis is very difficult to diagnose and it is difficult to treat. Anti-inflammatories should help. They can also do injections of cortisone into those inflammed areas which helps the pain. In taking OTC medications, it is VERY important to stick to the recommended dosing. Taking more medication than indicated on the directions is going to lead you into more problems. I know it is difficult when you hurt not to just keep popping pills but those dose limits are there for a reason! Acetaminophen is especially toxic to the liver in high doses. If you take OTCs, take the recommended amounts and no more.
If you have costochondritis, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) will provide you with better relief than acetaminophen (Tylenol) because they are NSAIDS. Acetaminophen does nothing for inflammation. If you do use ibuprofen or especially naproxen, you must NEVER take them on an empty stomach!!! They will eat your stomach lining so take them with a few crackers, milk or something in the stomach. Chostochondritis usually doesnt have nausea as a symptoms though. Another issue I thought about is IBS or irritable bowel syndrome and most of the meds to truly help that are prescription meds other than fiber. It often helps IBS patients to take a daily fiber supplement like Metamucil, Benefiber or Citrucel even if you dont have diarrhea or constipation. The fiber helps to keep you regular.
The emergency room is no place to get a diagnosis. Years ago you could go to the ER and they would run all the tests to find out what was wrong with you but in todays medicine they dont do that any longer. The ER is for stabilizing you until you can get regular medical care from another provider. This is not going to really help you-you need to establish yourself with a regular doc.
I want to ask you in regards to your Medicaid-why are you reporting your roommates income? Are you married or common law? If you are not married or considered common law (living together for 7 years or longer), his income shouldnt matter in your getting benefits. Do they require you to report his income? If you are not legally tied to him then he is NOT part of your household income, even if you share the bills. If you are common law, perhaps you should "split up" for a bit. If you only make $500 a month, you should qualify for Medicaid. I'm not inclined to believe that "Obamacare" is going to be the boon that everyone seems to think it is going to be. Have you ever been to the DMV? That will be what going to the Dr will be like once the government gets control of healthcare. I dont really want to open up this answer as a political debate though, so everyone that doesnt agree, I dont want to hear about it because it wont change my opinion-this is about whyohwhy-not a debate on the merits of "obamacare".
If you can finally get a diagnosis, it will be easier for you to protect your job under FMLA. Some jobs have a provision to where if you have a chronic condition they wont count absences against you if the absence is for this stated chronic condition. It is hard to hold a job when you are sick a lot. I have had the same problems due to my history of migraines and low back pain. I'm going to be looking into this provision at my work. My boss recently mentioned it to me.
I truly hope you find some answers and at least get a diagnosis so that you at the very least you know what you are dealing with. Keep fighting for state assistance! Sometimes it is a matter of being persistent. If you have a condition that regularly keeps you from working, it is still a disability. Many people with asthma disabilities arent sick enough not to work every day-the same can be said for many disabilities but first you have to get a diagnosis. Like someone mentioned, keep track of everything in a journal, all tests, all Dr visits, ER visits, etc. Try to see the same Drs as much as you can. Good luck to you-hope you find answers!
Dear Whyowhy, I'm Tee. Msfino brought your situation to my attention. After reading the various responses, you've already received some very good information. This is my situation: June, 2011, I was rushed to the ER with severe chest pain. After they ruled out my heart, they did a gastric workup. I went to a gastroenterologst. He had me go thru the "egg" test. You eat a radioactive scrambled egg while going thru a scan that takes 90 mins. It should move out of your stomach in less than 10 mins. Nothing moved in my stomach the entire test. Turns out, I have a condition called gastroparesis. My stomach no longer worked. My case was upgraded to the top of the waiting list for a gastric pacemaker to make my stomach work. I had several attacks. I went out of work on FMLA and short term disability. The pacemaker was not available until November 18. My leave ran out and I returned to work 1 month later. In Dec and then Jan, I had 5 more attacks.
I was carried by ambulance to the ER. Despite having doctors notes, I missed 4 days. When I returned the 1st week of Feb, I was fired for attendance issues. Then it was a fight to get unemployment bc of the way my job classified my leaving. Suspicion of misconduct. I've never been fired in my life. I finally won that case. Now I'm fighting for disability.
Don't give up trying to find out the answers. Do your research on your symptoms. Its a wealth of info both here on DC and the web. If there is anything I can offer you, please let me know. I hope you find some relief soon.
sounds like u might have fibromyalgia !!it causes u to hurt all over ur body and causes sleep problems 2!!if i had to work i wouldn't keep a job because by the 3rd time i called in cause i didn't feel like working due to hurting they would fire me!!! first i was told i had cfs, rls, ibs, and all of this is due to the fibromyalgia!!hope u get help soon!!
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