I have had h-pylori for three weeks untreated. My doctor has prescribed me medication to treat it but I need a prior authorization for two of the medications. I can't start the first without the other two. I did some research online and every website I went to said h-pylori can cause stomach cancer. Does my chances go up the longer I don't treat the h-pylori? If so how much? I just really worried. If I do end up with stomach cancer am I aloud to press chargers on my insurance company for either not or taking to long to pay for the medication? I also read that a lot of people do have h-pylori don't have symptoms but I do. Is there any way I can push the PA? And what should I do if my insurance declines paying for the medication? I can no afford it out of pocket it is a very expensive drug. Is there any alternative to cure the infection?
The information I have read says that H. Pylori increases your chance for stomach cancer, but does not in every case, cause stomach cancer. You would have some very serious symptoms before you get to the cancer point. Fever, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea (possibly with blood in it), vomiting, ulcer(s). These symptoms alone would force you to go to the ER, where in all probability, you would be given IV drugs for the H. Pylori. In my opinion, I don't think that 3 weeks will make a big difference. If your insurance declines, they must discuss with your doctor a suitable alternative medication that they will cover. Look on the DC site for alternative meds to treat Helicobacter Pylori. There is a long list under Drugs A-Z/ Drugs by condition. If the doctor says that the meds he has prescribed are the only meds you can take for this, then insurance can turn the order over to their "specialty" pharmacy, which handles the more expensive meds for catastrophic illnesses. All prescription insurances have "specialty" pharmacies. I feel confident, though, that your insurance will approve it. Perhaps you should start reminding them daily that you need these meds. If they still do not approve the meds after a few more days, ask your doctor's office to call them. Worst case, find out who manufactures these meds. Call the manufacturer to see if they have any programs to help you get the meds. Let us know how you are doing. Hope you feel better soon.
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