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Janisum

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I am new to the boards so please excuse me if this has been answered before. But I have been seeing a rheumatologist for 15 years and he's never checked anything other than regular labs. I've read others test results and I've never seen anything similar on my results. I have medicare and medicaid and a part D plan. Is it true that anything other than the standard arthritis tests are not covered? I don't feel i'm getting any answers.

Thanks for your time and I wish all of you...better days ahead..

Janisum (Iowa) 

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If a lab is deemed medically necessary then an insurance company will pay for it. You can ask your doctors office to run the tests by your insurance company before you take them . I work at a hospital and handle the insurance and scheduling for patients so I know Medicare and Medicaid frequently. My own specialist sent my tests to Mayo Clinic and another medical facility in California. My insurance paid for it all. I hope this helps. Good luck to you!
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Thank you for the heads up. I didn't know a lab test would be covered if medically necessary. I guess it would depend on what the ins. co..thinks is necessary. But I would think if my regular tests don't show anything and I'm not feeling any better that my Dr. would want to check further. My immune system is low since I have had 2 bacterial infections and neither time could my Drs. find where it was coming from. I also have Ocular histoplasmosis and had shingles when I was 42. I get cold sores and other mouth sores real easy too.

I don't want to complain because there are others who are in more difficult situations but I can't live with this fatigue. The Dr. blames it on not wearing my BiPap but when I did I never noticed any difference. I just want to find out what's going on besides Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. I never did have the regular fibro. points and that's why SS fought my disability claim. My pain is different and the fatigue is to the point I could sleep all day. All the many medications I'm on are causing some of it. If I mentioned what all they have me on..I think people would think my drs. are nuts..:-)

I appreciate your reply.. And I will ask my Rheumatologist when I see him again in Jan. Thanks so much  

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