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Insurance will pay...good or bad thing!!??!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I have been going back and forth to my primary care doc for a few weeks now. I have tried the diabetic diet and drugs to try and help with my inflammation. The drugs work as long as I take them. The problem is that taking them causes liver and kidney damage if taken for more than 30 days.

Yesterday he told me he is referring me to a bariatric center because he has submitted info to my insurance carrier and based upon his recommendation they will pay for me to have gastric surgery. I don't know if I should be happy the insurance will cover it or angry that he fells I am a lost cause and this is the only way for me.

I have been thinking about the risks and rewards of the surgery and I am scared that the risks are to much for me. I have a toddler now and I don't want to have something go wrong under the knife. But also I know the weight loss journey is a loooonnnngggg one. I don't know what to do. Based upon the info he gsave me I will start the classes in January and surgery should be scheduled in early March.
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    Most doctor's won't just schedule you for this procedure. From what I understand, you have to beg the doc's from around here. If it is the surgery or my liver and kidneys, that is not such a tough choice.
    I personally know 2 ladies who had the surgery and are now putting the weight back on. So you do need to get your eating and exercising under control regardless.
    If it were me, I would have a long sit down and search myself to see if I was giving the efforts my all with diet and exercise. If I was and was having no results, I would do the surgery. If I really hadn't, I would kick it into gear. You have reached the point where you have to make a decision to get healthy or else.
    I feel your pain, I do. But you have to do something. Diabetes will get to your liver and kidneys eventually or your medication will. You have a hard decision to make.
    3842 days ago
    Personally, I would speak with another doctor before deciding on something this big. There are definite risks involved, and you need to know all the alternatives before you go ahead with this, especially with a young child at home who needs your care. I'm not "anti-surgery", but I know 2 people personally who died within 2 years of the surgery (no one said it was directly related, but a heart attack at 45 AFTER getting fit and "healthy"?) My cousin had gastric banding, lost lots of weight, went through several surgeries to remove extra skin and is now gaining it all back. I realize that for some, it is the last and only remaining option and if so, fine, but just make sure you have all the facts, and realize that this is a lifestyle change just as much as doing it the "old-fashioned way" is.

    Oh, and I'm not sure what you meant by the drugs causing damage after taking them for 30 days. My husband is on diabetic drugs long-term with no ill effects, so maybe you were misinformed (or maybe you're on different drugs that I don't know about, of course). Just please be cautious, weigh all of your options, get a second opinion if possible, and don't rush into anything. emoticon
    3842 days ago
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