H. pylori: Diagnosing and Treating
Today, my body (other than my stomach) began to feel like my old self. It was a new feeling, almost a hopeful feeling. Then I became nauseated, thus discouraged. What is most amazing is I did not really know how much pain I was in for the past five years until now, now that I am beginning to feel better. Today when I rode my bicycle, it was actually somewhat enjoyable. Normally, it is, let me get this shit over with because if I do not ride, my muscles will hurt worse.
The lost opportunity to cure this bacteria earlier is the most frustrating and angering part. I’ve been to several doctors in the last five years and not one of them ordered the urea test. It was all, let’s just dismiss the middle age woman gaining weight (unconsciously, I now believe, I kept my stomach full, because an empty stomach makes the pain worse) with a chronic stomach ache and overall physical malaise with the same old typical prejudices. “Hmmmm… well, if her old fat ass did not eat like shit then she would not have a stomach ache and she would have more energy and she would not be gaining weight.” Well, they never came out and said it, but that was what they were conveying. My last doctor, before my current doctor, called me with my blood test results and said, “My only recommendation is to lose weight, perhaps the South Beach diet would be good.” I will not say the doctor I have now did not initially have a prejudice, which I braced myself for because she is young and probably ninety pounds. But as soon as my blood work came back with 162 cholesterol and a 120 triglyceride, she said, “Well it is not your diet, so we need to look further.” Well duh, I have been saying that all along. I do not routinely eat fatty foods, I am not that big on meat and cheese, and I do some type of exerting activity at least four times a week.
About three years ago I demanded an endoscopy from one doctor, and he was so indignant about me telling him how to practice medicine that I believe he purposely sabotage the authorization for the a Gastroenterological consult. It is a fact that Acipex has not been review for use over twelve months. I told him that I read it on the insert; also, if the pain persists with medicine there must be a problem. He knew we only had a few more months on that insurance before we would have to switch (and start all over again, with a new doctor, new system), so it was all of their “we lost the paperwork, we did not get the paperwork, we sent the paperwork to the insurance company” ended any chances of getting a timely endoscopy. Moreover, I do not even want to hear about appeal processes, nothing but a fraudulent pretense at conveying fairness.
Mr. Glendower sucks up to his doctor; he says it makes him do what he wants. I’m not talking about being rude or uncooperative toward a doctor, but I should not have to go in there and act like his/her ass is God or something. But hey, there is no longer ethical accountability, if the doctor don’t like you, wants to discriminate against you, no big deal, he/she will just move to the next in line because your only choice is to deal with him/her or find another doctor who will take your insurance (if you have any) and who cannot see you until six months from the two to three months it takes for the insurance carrier to grant the change of doctor request and issue a new card and get you all set up in the system (again).
My daughter had a friend over this summer, and his mother was telling me about her job. She does something for a big insurance company, I’m not sure. Anyway, she was telling me how she has to reject all the claims from a particular policy because her own company failed to write something in the contract. Instead of owning up and taking the loss, the insurance company denies claims and just deal with the persistent cases that refuse to accept the denial. Just like that, they got marching orders to deny anything that comes from that one policy type. Unbelievable. I asked her how she felt about it, and she said it was her job, so that was that. I wish I were more astute in listening and noticing names (not sure if she actually said any) because that is a situation that needs the whistle blown.
When the bacterium is gone, I will have to treat the ulcers. Good thing I do not smoke or drink, supposedly it exacerbates ulcers.