Here are several free and low-cost health care resources that may be helpful. If you know of any in your community and want to share the URL (web address) please go ahead and post them here in this thread.
Together, we can help one another through these difficult times.
HRSA.gov --Have you heard of HRSA-supported health centers? They care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. These include dental, immunizations, and mental health care resources.
BenefitsCheckUp.org -- “Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other basic needs. Ironically, millions of older Americans — especially those with limited incomes — are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs.”
Free Clinics-- Use the search to find state and local free clinics and see if one is near you.
NeedyMeds.org Clinics--You do not have to provide any documentation to validate your income. You do not have to provide any other form of identification, such as proof of citizenship or “green card.”
Other--Please make sure and check local resources for tests PAP smear, mammograms, prostate cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, bone density tests, and blood pressure checks. Drug stores, grocery stores with pharmacies, Planned Parenthood, community health centers, local hospitals, senior centers and women's clinics will often have these tests/exams available at low cost or even free. Keep your eyes peeled!
Note:None of these are WebMD sites, so we cannot guarantee content. Clinics may change requirements and/or services offered. Please contact them directly to find current information.
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I saw this assessment tool and thought it might be helpful for some of you. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Check will assess the severity of your RA and just how much your symptoms are impacting your well-being.
At the end, you will get:
Personalized information about how well you are coping with your condition.
A tailored report you can use to talk with your doctor about the best treatment regimen for you.
Tips from WebMD Health Experts for managing your symptoms and keeping RA from interferong with your life.
Once you take the assessment, were the results better or worse than you expected? Did you get some tips and information that was helpful? Do you have anything to share that you think the RA Health Check missed?
Hello and welcome! I am sorry to hear about the pain in your right foot. Has your rheumatologist offered physical therapy to you? Has he or she discussed how long you'll be on prednisone and what the long-range plan is?
I know you've already received a lot of great support, but I thought I'd give you a link to a guide of RA Medications . I believe Humira has been on the market since 2003, but your doctor can confim that. If you're concerned about any potential side effects, please have an open discussion with your doctor and/or pharmacist.
Hello! First of all, your rheumatologist will be able to reassure you that much progress has been made in recent years in treating RA, so you may not have any of the problems your mother experienced with her treatment. I think you may like to take a look at these RAtv Videos . They're short and interesting, and address all kinds of RA issues, as well as interviews with real folks who have RA.
I have some articles for you that I think may help based upon what you have mentioned. I suggest looking through them a little at a time, so you have a chance to digest it.
Thanks for the update! I'm sorry you parted ways with your unhelpful doctor earlier than anticipated and you're having some fatigue and pain.
Have you tried calling your new rheumatologist's office and see if they have a waiting list? Some of my doctors have waiting lists, so when a patient cancels, they call people on the waiting list and get them in sooner.
Can you see your primary care doctor for some help until your May appointment?
Hello and welcome! I am sorry to hear of your problems. I had a friend who had a finger ulcer and saw a hand specialist to deal with it. Perhaps that would be an option for you? I would definitely encourage you to get a second opinion since you're concerned.
Hopefully some of our other members can share their experiences with you.