I Got a bill from the Emergency Room the other day of $798.50.

United States
May 26, 2009 6:18pm CST
Hello. I went to the emergency room the other day because my lower right abdomen was hurting (thought it might have been my appendix.) According to the ER doctor it's cysts on my ovaries, and the only way I'll be able to not be in pain is if I get a hysterectomy (not sure if that's spelled right). I have no insurance, and no doctor to speak of because of this. So, I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to pay the E.R., for a doctor's visit, and possibly for surgery. Don't get my wrong, I know the fact that all the pain will go away is worth the cost, it's just that we have no way to pay for it. Does anybody know if there's a clinic that does these things cheaper than other places and is still safe to go to? Also, is there a way to earn at least enough money online to send to them to keep them from trying to collect more than I can afford to pay each month? I would appreciate any and all help and advise in this matter. I'm really tired of being miserable ALL THE TIME. It really sucks. Thanks.
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@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
27 May 09
The first thing you need to do is call the hospital and discuss with them a payment plan and see if they would be willing to reduce the fees in any way. Often what they charge the insurance companies is a great deal less than what they charge those without insurance, reason being they negotiate fees for common procedures with the companies and they will pay no more than that. As a result there is no reason for you to pay more than that either. Then call the doctors billing office and do the same thing. As long as you pay $5.00 a month they can not send you to collections. You are paying in good faith Second. Cyst on Ovaries is common do not assume hysterectomy, there are other things they can do. First you need to find out why they are there, what is causing them, I round of blood work will rule out most things and help to recognize others. Most often cyst are associated with Poly cystic ovarian syndrome PCOS. which is recognized by a change in your hormones and causes many cyst on your ovaries, cramping and is treated with a simple medication that cost $4.00 a month from most pharmacies. Most OBGYN's will not do a Hysterectomy for ovarian cyst, unless you have a long history of them and you are reaching menopause age. I have them, I have had them since I was in my 20's, I had a partial hysterectomy due to uterine cancer, guess what they refused to take my ovaries. Reason being if they take the ovaries you have to go on medication for the rest of your life, your hormones are screwed for the rest of your life. You go into early menopause etc. Now they may do an outpatient surgery in which they remove the cyst, this is a simple procedure where they use an endoscope and you are not even cut, they go in with your belly button and you have minimal incisions. It is not as costly and prevents major surgery, but it is not necessary. Cyst normally only hurt when they rupture and now that you know you have them, if you hurt take four aleve and it will help. so will soaking in warm baths.
• United States
27 May 09
I've actually been taking motrin and baths for them. I've had them since shortly after my daughter was born, so for about 6 years, and everytime I've been to a doctor, they haven't really done anything for them. The ER Doctor thought it might me endometriosis,(which is why he thought hysterectomy) but I need to get a second opinion. It's just for the last couple weeks, it's been a constant dull pain, not the usual painful rupture. Thank you for your response, and advise. I greatly appreciate it.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
27 May 09
did he do an ultrasound, if not then he can not say it was cyst.. Constant dull pain sounds like it could be cyst in your uterus as well or like they said endometrocis, but there are even things they can do for that, the best being birth control. (good grief, I have too much experience in all this stuff) anyway, the dull ache sounds like what I was going through with cyst or fibroid in my uterus, you said it started after the birth of your daughter, did you have a c-section? They have non surgical options for both cyst and fibroids in the uterus as well. Hang in there, and go see an OBGYN, even if you have to go to the health department..
• United States
27 May 09
Ya, I had c-sections with both of my children. They induced 2 weeks to early with my son, and he got stuck on my right side on my pelvic bone, so they had to do a c-section before they killed me and him both. With my daughter, the doctor I went to, said that it would be best to do a c-section. Apparently I didn't lose enough blood with her during the surgery.
• United States
26 May 09
First set up a payment plan with the hospital, explain to them that you are not able to pay much but that you will send at least X amount a month. If yo have an agreement with them and stick to it they will not send the creditors after you. You said that you do not have a doc. Me either, I get my birth control and yearly exam from planed parenthood. I do not agree with some of the things they do but they are the only people that will actually help you no matter your income. They will need information from you, call and make an appointment. They can re-examine you and give you a second opinion. My sister at the age of 16 had to have a partial hysterectamy because a cyct burst. The doctor told her that in order to prevent the cycts she needed to either regulate or prevent her monthly. Becuase of this I have been on the shot fot almost 8 years. THis has stopped my monthly and everything that is unplesant about it including cramps and any cysts that might have developed. It may be neccesary for you to have sergury but why not see if birth controll will help. It is not unhealthy to prevent your monthly, and it may save you money and your health.
• United States
27 May 09
I've tried birth control, and I'm allergic to it. It makes me itch from the inside out. Literally, I wanted to take out my innerds and scratch them like crazy. Ick. Thanks for the information, I greatly appreciate it. We don't have a planned parenthood in town, but we have something called the lifechoice center for women I think it's kind of the same thing. I appreciate the help and the response, thank you.
• United States
27 May 09
It would be worth looking into if you could determine what ingredient you were allergic to. I would call the life center first, in my experiance the other places like that do not belive in birth controll at all, but they might be able to help you with your other things.
• United States
27 May 09
Thanks.
• United States
27 May 09
I had to have my appendix taken out in 2003. Just a little stomach ache turned into surgery, 4 days in the hospital, and $16,000. I know how you feel, and it really does suck.
• United States
27 May 09
Isn't it amazing how much they charge for the little things? Like we really want to have to go to the hospital and waste all that money paying them. Thank you for the response.
• United States
27 May 09
My sister had acute appendicitis years ago, and they gave her a prescription instead of doing surgery. Too bad they couldn't do the same for you. Her bill was $500 (she said if she'd know she was going to get charged that much for the cup they had her pee in, she'd done it at home and brought it to them.)
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
27 May 09
Ouch that is quite a bill. Most hospitals will work with you on payment plans. the key is not to ask. Tell them I can afford this amount. We have a few free clinics in our area who recommend doctors that do surgery. You might do a search for free clinics in your area. The key is research. My mom doesn't have insurance either. And she needed some tests. One place cost her $900+. She kept looking and found a place that would that did the same test for just under $500. I know the process of research may suck, but it would save you some $$$ in the long run.as for places online for cash I found an actual part time job here: www.genuinejobs.com the site and jobs are free.
• United States
27 May 09
Thank you so much for the information. Ya, I was shocked when I got the bill, I still can't figure out what they did that was worth that much. I'm going to go check out that site now. Thank you.
• United States
27 May 09
I found a listing on that genuine jobs that pays you for poetry for them to put on cards. I send them a couple. Again, Thanks for the info.