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    Cost of Stelara

    The Stelara loading dose is administered by IV. All subsequent maintenance doses are by subcutaneous injection. If that injection is done at a Dr.'s office or in a hospital outpatient setting it was so that it could be billed to medical. I'm told by my provider though that what you said about...
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    Medicare Coverage for Stelara

    "Retail cost varies by specialty pharmacy. It’s close to $23000 per shot right now per the drug insurance claims for my kiddo on Stelara every 4 weeks" I've had 20 injections thus far all administered by a hospital infusion center and billed to my medical plan. I built a spreadsheet of all...
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    Cost of Stelara

    I explained my situation on another thread. Looks like I'm having to change my insurance to a Medicare Advantage with Part D plan (MAPD). Been reading up on it as are others on this thread. Sure helps to compare notes! Struggling to understand the medicare Part D rules. I've read about...
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    Medicare Coverage for Stelara

    So, I finally made 65 years old May 2021. My insurance was such that both the initial dose administered by infusion and the maintenance doses administered by subcutaneous injection were covered by my medical plan vs my drug plan. This was the case with the commercial plan I had prior to...
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    Flareup?

    Interesting that you lived with Crohn's, medication free, for 30+ years after resection surgery. Was the resection in your large or small bowel? My thoughts on your questions: The bout of vomiting is common with small bowel obstructions. But, the CT scan did not reveal any blockages so...
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    Iron IV treatment

    I suffer from iron deficiency anemia and have had three iron infusions during the years 2014, 2017 and 2019. In the weeks following my iron infusions, I saw improvement in your blood test results. I'm a runner and my times improve as my blood improves. As the weeks and months go by, my...
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    Patency Pill and Pill Camera

    I swallowed the patency pill yesterday. 24 hours later I passed my bowels and hoped to see the pill. This is gross but I collected the stool and mashed through it. Not sure but I think I found bits and pieces of it. They're going to do an x-ray later today to see if patency pill is still in...
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    Humira and Multiple Sclerosis

    I noticed a zone of numbness around my shin and top of foot the day after my first Humira treatment (four 40 mg pens administered subcutaneously). When I reported this to the GI doctor he said that there is a concern that Humira can "unmask" undiagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS). He advised that...
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    Should I take Humira?

    I'm a 57 year old male diagnosed with Crohn's March 2012. My only symptom is that I have about 3 episodes a year during which I experience nausea and vomitting. The episodes usually last about 12 hours, I eventually fall asleep and awake feeling fine. I have no other symptoms! The Crohn's...
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    Diagnosed with Crohn's

    Hi, I'm 55 years old. I went to a GI doctor because I was overdue for my first colonoscopy. While there, I explained to the Dr. that I experience bouts of vomiting about 2-4 times per year. This has been going on for about 10 years. The doc said he would do both a colonoscopy and an EGD. He...
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