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My Current Crisis

Monday, December 19, 2011

OK, so maybe it's not a TOTAL crisis, I mean, it really could be a lot worse. Here's what's going on. DH switched jobs back to his old company for a few different reasons, the most important being it's what's best for the spiritual health of our family. When he made the switch, inevitably we also had to switch health insurance. The new insurance has such terrible prescription coverage, that I am forced to go off my Ulcerative Colitis and Fibromyalgia meds. The Fibro is not that big of an issue, I've been managing it for years without meds, but I've never gone completely off the Asacol. However, even with the meds I still have quite a bit of painful cramping and rectal inflammation. (Not to gross anybody out, but my symptoms take the form of painful abdominal cramps and painful, small BM's and sometimes nausea with the cramps)

I have managed to find one natural solution to my symptoms. Frozen yogurt. Even when I take all my meds, I still have painful symptoms, but when I eat frozen yogurt, the symptoms disappear for a day or two. So the plan is to invest in a good ice cream maker and live on frozen yogurt. Especially since they quite making my favorite flavor. emoticon

The good thing about this new insurance is that I can still see my regular doc and my GI, in fact the GI's co-pay is now almost half what it was with the old insurance.
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    If frozen yogurt is working, you might want to look into acidophilus. In our digestive tract there are many a hundred different types of species of bacteria. But the bacteria which are most beneficial to us are only a few namely lactobacilli, acidophilus and bifidus. The one I am familiar with, however, is acidophilus. It is a good bacteria which helps in providing a healthy environment in our intestinal tract. These bacteria synthesize certain natural antibiotics that kill dangerous micro-organisms in our intestine thus keeping it healthy.
    You may also want to consider pro-biotics. Just one tip, the acidophilus I used needs to be kept in a fridge. It can be found in any health food store and it isn't that expensive. Hope this helps.

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    3361 days ago
    Have you asked your doctor what you can do? The manufacturer of Asacol may also have a program that will help pay for your medication. I found this Web site that may help:
    Don't go off your meds without checking with your doctor for alternatives and looking at the coupon offers.

    It's nice that you can stay with your current doctors. Continuity with chronic diseases is so important.
    3364 days ago
    Good vs bad. Bad vs good. Pros and cons to everything, I guess. Good luck to you.
    3364 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your painful colon issues. I thought I was dying recently when my colon twisted and twisted. My goodness, I literally crumpled in a heap and had to wait for it to untwist. (not sure it really twisted, but thats what a retired nurse said) Mines better now that a certain emotional situation cleared up. Hope yours clears up too.
    Hmmm my favorite frozen yogurt flavor was pineapple which they discontinued too. Think I should try and find out how to make some as well.
    3365 days ago
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    That sounds like a very creative thing to do. Making your own frozen yogurt good. Good luck with your health issues. emoticon
    3365 days ago
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