No long story, I am a 24 yr sufferer from chronic kidney disease (stones) I pass anywhere from 3 to 8 monthly. My specialists say I am non-curable, that it is a birth defect. Secondly, since I am now 52 yrs. old, you can imagine the nerve damage caused. Thirdly, I had massive heart attack last July and double by-pass surgery which has damaged a main nerve in my chest area during the healing of my breast plate...(whew) high blood pressure, anxiety attacks, congestive heart failure and hopefully, I pray to God, lastly, I was admitted last week hemmoraging - lost 4 pints of blood, received a transfusion, my esophogus and upper intestine has bleeding ulcers so bad it almost killed me. WELL, anyhow...I have moved back from VA where I was being treated at UVA Pain Mgmt for the past 5 yrs. back home to SC (northeastern end). I need to locate a pain management center or clinic (preferably since I have no income and my employer let me go due to health reasons). I am finding they don't list themselves as PMC's. Can anyone lend me some advice? When I left SC to go to VA I had not joined a PMC yet, although my urologist did mention it. Obivously, I have no money to see a specialist and do need to get back into treatment. You can imagine the pain, or not - they say a kidney stone is more painful than being shot, that could have been enough, right?! lol...God Bless. A really quick response would be wonderful.
I would do a computer search of free or low cost clinics in your area. Often once you get into their system, they can find a specialist who is willing to see you either free or cheap. I found one in Florida for a friend of mine, and I am in Oregon.
Susan if you click my avatar in "My Story" is my E mail send me a message and i will send you a link to speed up finding a good PMC anywhere by state, county, town, zip code, area code, proximity to bus line, just about ant parameter you can think of to narrow down wear you want to find a PMC it will do it,and it is kept current i believe it is updated weekly.
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Also check with your county health department. Ours has a primary care clinic for people in certain situations, once you get in the clinic keeps you on the books as a patient until you tell them to drop you, or you stop showing up. Not all counties do this, in Calif, and NV where I lived previously, they didn't have this option at all.
Just to clarify...folks who are approved for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) claims are also approved for Medicare, but not until two years after your date of disability. God help you until then, the government doesn't, unless you are really poor and can get Medicaid. Even on just SSDI, it gives me too much income to get Medicaid. I do get Medicare now.
Your SSDI check varies depending on how much money you made while you were working and paying into Social Security.
Medicare is the health program for seniors and the disabled and you get it based on age and disability status per Social Security regulations.
Medicaid is the state/federal health program for the very poor. That includes income and what you might already own.
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