Doctor can't help. Money for doc or meds. Help?

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    I have migraines sometimes twice a week, but several times each month. My MD has said there is nothing she can do for me. I have no medical insurance, so I am limited to seeing a physician or purchasing meds. Please help me! Bridgette.

     


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    Dear Bridgette;

     

    Anyone who has more than three Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about Migraine prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? and Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage.

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    If there is nothing more your doctor can do for you, it's time to move on to a new doctor. It may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

     

    We do understand the difficulties of having no insurance, and we are definitely sympathetic, but nobody can effectively and safely recommend specific treatments for you via the Internet. The only person who can do that is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. There are programs in place for people with low income and no insurance. You can check with your local office of your state's Department of Health and Human Services to see if you qualify for Medicaid. That would cover both physicians and medications. If you don't qualify for that, you might still qualify for pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs for your medications. One of the best sites for checking into those programs is www.pparx.org.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: April 01, 2010