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#1 nightfrog

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 12:20 PM

hi I was just wondering if losing a lot of weight is normal or should I worry I have lost 50 lbs in 4 months not that I'm complaining I needed to loose it but I haven't tryed to loose any it is just comming off my pharmisist thinks I should see a rheumatologist but since I dont have insurance it will cost me a fourtune :( he told me if I try to ignore the sclero I will regret it he said that it could be fatal if I dont get on meds to control it I'm kinda scared not sure what to think anymore

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 12:42 PM

Hello,
Fifty pounds in four months without trying to lose weight is not normal. I do not know your financial situation, but you may qualify for your state's "indigent program". You could start by calling your local hospital and asking how to apply. With this program your medical bills could be paid. You may also qualify for Medicaide. I would not let it go if you have unexplained weight loss.
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Posted 23 April 2007 - 12:44 PM

50 lbs is quite a significant amount of weight.

Scleroderma is something that must be managed carefully and should not be ignored especially if you're experiencing significant changes. Not to be scary, but realistically the organ interaction that can occur with scleroderma might be irreversible. That’s what happened to me. All the family doctors I saw told me I had asthma even though I continued to have breathing problems. I sought specialists on my own and by the time I got my correct diagnosis and treatment my lungs were full of permanent scar tissue. I’m fortunate to have caught things when I did, but had I waited any longer I’d be on oxygen. So now I never wait…

But that’s just my two cents.

Listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 01:02 PM

Some hospitals had benevolence funds you might look into. I know the catholic hospitals near me has a good one.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 01:39 PM

Hello Night -

By all means, see a doctor!! That is a lot of weight to lose in 4 months. I know it's hard when you don't have insurance, but life is more important than money!!

Keep us posted.
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 09:09 AM

I'm in complete agreement with the others... your pharmacist gave you very good advice. It's important for your better well-being, that you act on this promptly.
As for the rest the ladies have given you useful information, as well.
Sure hope you have news for us as to what you found out... from your rheumatologist...soon.
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 03:10 PM

Hi Nightfrog,

I'm not a doctor and I have no medical training at all, but I'd definitely say you need to see a doctor over a 50 pound unexplained weight loss in 4 months. There are hundreds of things that can cause this, ranging widely from anxiety to malabsorption, even some very common things like diabetes.

My son experienced a dramatic unplanned weight loss. He was head over heels delighted with it, thinking he was finally being blessed with exuberant good health. Then he ended up with a sudden, severe diabetic crisis. He was very fortunate to eventually emerge from ICU alive. He really wishes he had gone to a doctor sooner, it could have prevented that truly near-death experience.

Every community has some resources or free clinics or ER's for people who are uninsured. Please find out what is available in your area, and see a doctor before you wind up in the emergency room.

Also, start with a regular doctor, preferably an internist. It can takes months to get in to see a rheumatologist, and they would want to know that all the usual and more common things have been ruled out first, so going straight there might be a waste of time (and much more expensive, and harder to arrange in uninsured situations, too.)
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 01:17 PM

thank you all for your advice I will make a appt with our local clinic next week and let you all know what they have to say I hope its a good thing though

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