Lee wrote:Hi and welcome,
How old are you?
Lee wrote:Does colon cancer run in your family?
Lee wrote:Where are you (USA or some other country)?
Lee wrote:If you are in the USA, look into ObamaCare. Since you are unemployed, it should cost you little to nothing.
Lee wrote:Please understand, we are not doctors, just survivors and family members.
Lee wrote:This GI doc that you saw, what exactly did s/he do?
Lee wrote:What did this GI doc says? If this GI doc did not find anything wrong, I think you were okay then, so I'm not sure what is going on with you today.
Lee wrote:If you are concerned, find another GI doc, many will cut the cost if you pay cash for there services.
Lee wrote:Sorry, I know this did not help much, butt good luck,
hiker wrote:Hey deacon,
The only way to get an accurate diagnosis is via a colonoscopy. Like Lee said, many doctors will cut you a break if you're paying cash. See if they will give you the Medicare reimbursement price.
hiker wrote:Once you get the results of the scope, then you can move forward.
hiker wrote:The affordable care act (ACA) can provide health insurance in certain situations, but you have to be careful. It's based on the county you live in, your marital status, your dependents, and income as a percentage of the federal poverty level. If you have little to no income, you will most likely be forced onto your state's Medicaid. If your income is too high (which is really not very high under the ACA), you will not qualify for any subsidies so you'll pay the full premium (which can be astronomical). It's only those folks who fall somewhere in the middle who qualify for ACA coverage and subsidies.
hiker wrote:I'm certainly not saying it couldn't apply to you, but don't make any decisions until you get all the info.
martd wrote:You're complaining about doing paperwork? There are people on this forum fighting for their lives and you want them to figure out your medical insurance problems because you detest paperwork? You received alot of excellent advise here now all you have to do is put in a little effort and apply it. You may feel it's not possible but it definitely is.
Lee wrote:I'm sorry you have such a negative view of doctors (and maybe life in general). Personally, my doctors SAVED my life. This includes my primary doctor who referred me to a GI doctor who found my tumor. I appreciated the extra mile my surgeon took with me, prior to my surgery and all my follow up care. And my Onc who gave me my first hug since being diagnosed and telling me it's going to be okay. These doctors showed compassion towards me when I was scared for my life.
Lee wrote:I admit I have ran into a few doctors who I did not like. Generally that was it and I moved on to a new doctor. My primary who I've had for almost 30 yrs now was not the first I saw when we moved to Arizona. The first doctor I saw when we moved here was not a good match, I never went back. Shoot, I had a cat that did not like her 1st vet, recommend by a friend. I got her a new vet and you could tell she was a lot happier. Eventually my friend moved her pets to my vet.
Lee wrote:Look we can not make a diagnoses over the internet, that speculation. Only seeing a doctor and doing a physical exam and probably a few tests can you get a true diagnoses if anything is going on. "IF" you have cancer, the best way to deal with it is surgery, chemo and possibility radiation. I knew 2 people who thought they could cure their cancer with supplements and diet only. Sorry to say they are both dead today. One was a stage I (which has about a 90% survival rate) she died a stage IV several years later. And you can always try "snake oil" butt I guarantee it won't help.
Lee wrote:Best advice I can give you, check out Obama Care or Medicaid. As far as paperwork, sorry, butt "suck it up buttercup!!" Just do it!! Find some kind of medical insurance then GET THAT COLONOSCOPY. At 52, you need to get it done as a preventive measure. It is a lot easier to remove a polyps than a cancerous tumor.
Lee wrote:Good luck, please keep us posted.
deaconblues wrote: . . .Lee wrote:If you are concerned, find another GI doc, many will cut the cost if you pay cash for there services.
That I can do. I am just afraid that once the diagnosis is on the books, I will have trouble should I get employment in the future. When my father passes, I will be essentially homeless.