Happyfeet wrote:For a couple of months my wife has had fatigue, numbness that changes location but is always present (shins, hands, face, arms), and a light twitching in her torso mainly when she is in bed. Prior to that she has had fatigue for a long time and some thyroid issues. We researched online and learned these symptoms could be so many different things, including vitamin deficiency, so we tried not to assume the worst. But today her bloodwork came back normal and her GP has referred us to a neurologist. It's hard not to think of MS as a culprit at this point.
I've read here that MS is very expensive to treat. I already cannot afford to insure her through my work insurance ($1,200/m), so we pay for a less expensive private PPO coverage for her with a very high deductible and other drawbacks. We are already struggling financially due to this situation, since every doctor visit or blood test is full price until the deductible is met.
What advice do those of you who have been there, done that?
Reading through these forums, I saw advice to get life insurance before a dx. Anything else?
I was already considering changing jobs just to get better insurance. Is it not true that work insurance will automatically insure a spouse for the going rate regardless of pre-existing conditions? I know private insurance won't.
I would appreciate any advice here. I'm sure it will benefit many others in our situation. Thanks!
Happyfeet wrote:Just an update here in case someone reads this. My wife was given an MRI two weeks ago which came out clean, so at this point it appears she has a virus attacking her central nervous system. The symptoms are just like MS and just as debilitating, at least initially.
We don't know exactly what virus it is but we're going to check back with the neurologist in six months.
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