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Recent content by awoenker12

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    Hemorrhoids

    Hmmm, so it looks like your scopes weren't that long ago. Not sure what your doctor will want to do. I understand the fear of making sure that you are near a bathroom at all times and it's a terrible feeling to have. But when it gets so bad that you avoid food, that doesn't do you any good...
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    Hemorrhoids

    I wouldn't say that is normal. Usually corticosteroids like prednisone usually work pretty quickly. I would probably see if you could move up your appointment with your GI. Everyone's body is different. Some meds work great for people, while others not so much. All you may need is a change in...
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    Hemorrhoids

    Sounds like the prednisone isn't cutting it for you. Budesonide and prednisone are both steroids and are meant to only help you get out of a flare rather than a long term treatment. I don't know anything about hydrocortisone enemas, but you said that you took them with no improvement. Have you...
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    Remicade vs generic Infliximab

    That's exactly the first thing I thought when my doctor told me that they were increasing the dosage to 10mg/kg. The insurance is only screwing themselves. Since I am on my parent's insurance policy, I myself really don't have much say in all of this. I wish I could go back to Remicade, but...
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    Remicade vs generic Infliximab

    My insurance forced me to switch earlier this year from Remicade to Inflectra. I had been on Remicade for almost 3 years with great results. Around the time of my last infusion before I was forced to switch from Remicade to Inflectra, my inflammatory markers were the lowest they ever were. But...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    @Jo-mom - Definitely feeling a lot better. Got my infusion done on Thursday and they checked for my level of medication beforehand and they never said anything so I'm assuming the levels of medication were normal? Or maybe it takes a few days to get the results? But anyways, my stools are...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Yeah, the last time I got my level of medication checked was May 2019 and that was when I was on the Remicade. I kinda hope they say the levels are low. It's an easy fix and all they would have to do is increase dosage or frequency.
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Things keep going downhill. Yesterday, I called my GI's office telling them what is going on. They suspect my level of medication is low and they want me to ask the infusion center to do a blood test before my infusion tomorrow to check the level of medication. What I worry is that they'll find...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Didn't think about the dosing. I have been fine with the same dosage for the past 3 years. We did decide that 7 weeks works better than 8. I'm supposed to see my GI doctor on July 13th, but I'm gonna see if I can call him after this weekend to discuss this. And they didn't check for the levels...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Not good news. I had my bloodwork done yesterday and the results were not good at all. My overall general results were ok, but the inflammatory markers were the highest they've been in over 3 years. The C-reactive protein was 3.1 mg/L. A normal level is less than 1.0 mg/L. Back in January, my...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    It's been two days since I've had my infusion. So far so good. I think the next week or two I'll have to monitor extra closely in case by any chance I'll flare. I think once a week or two passes by and I get blood work done, I'll feel better especially if the blood work turns out to be really...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Well, about a week ago, I heard from my GI doctor and he firmly believes that since my condition has been so stable, that they will go ahead and switch me to Inflectra. :( When I had my labs done back in January, the results were the best they have been ever since I was first diagnosed 9 years...
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Thanks guys! I'm gonna call my doctor and see what he says today.
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    Notice from Insurance about Switching from Remicade to Biosimilar

    Hey everybody. So today in the mail, I got a notice from my insurance that says that beginning February 1 next year, they are going to switch my Remicade to a biosimilar. I am very hesitant to switch since I have done so well on Remicade. They stated that unless there is approval by my doctor to...
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