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  •  I think you have to get your doctor to go to bat (6+ / 0-)

    for you. Have him or her contact the insurance company.

    I remember my doctor telling me once that the insurance had denied the antidepressant she wanted a patient to take.

    She asked them to put it in writing to relieve her of responsibility if the patient became suicidal on the drug the insurance company did approve. They ended up paying for the one my doctor wanted.

    Can you get a second opinion at a hospital your insurance will pay for?

    Have you asked at Mayo if they have any programs to help with payments?

    Will your insurance pay for behavioral therapy? Maybe the diagnosis doesn't matter as much as the treatment.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:16:37 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, ZenTrainer! (4+ / 0-)

      The original PCP wrote a letter to the insurance company after they denied this the first time, and they just denied it again.  I will talk with the hematologist to see if he has any suggestions.  I have lost track of how many "opinions" I've had so far - I've been to 4 different places, including Barnes in St Louis, and no one really seems to know what's going on.

      I did get to see a speech therapist for a year or so, and she was a great help because they often work with stroke victims and she had wonderful suggestions about daily coping skills.  When a neuropsych guy said it was due to stress and depression, I went to a therapist that had one session with me (I'd seen her before), and she said it wasn't depression.  Are these what you mean by behavioral therapy?

      Hope this isn't TMI.  I am just feeling down tonight, but I'll go watch a movie and forget about it in a little bit :o)

      Thanks again for your response.

      •  Well that kind of therapy is good too but I was (4+ / 0-)

        thinking of behavioral therapy. I went to it for ADHD. They taught me things like always keep my keys in the same place. Get a pair of reading glasses, a screwdriver and flashlight for each room. Little tricks so I didn't have to spend all day looking for stuff.

        They had programs for all different kinds of problems.

        Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

        by ZenTrainer on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:11:50 PM PDT

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        •  Sounds really helpful. And one doctor did say (3+ / 0-)

          some of what I was experiencing was like attention deficit disorder.  I've had to come up with my own ways of coping, especially with the various medications I must take to survive.  But I wonder what I could learn with this sort of therapy.  I will try to ask my doctor about it.  Thank you so much.

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