I had a follow-up appointment today to check on my ear. It is doing well, the integrative medicine doctor and I are both pleased.Diagnosis
- Outer ear infection doing very well.
Talked a bit more about this.
- Quite convinced some sort of toxin is at the root of my troubles.
- Mentioned that my body is taking protein and turning it into sugar, since that's the only thing it "knows" how to do right now
- Getting it into a ketosis state with just diet alone would be nearly impossible
- Excited for me to get started with the tests to start treating things
- Mentioned that mitochondrial dysfunction is especially bad when hormones are out of balance
Talked a bit more about this
- Fairly sure the IBS is also related to a toxin problem which resolving will also solve IBS
- I mentioned the expense--he and his staff are willing to work what angles they can to help make it more affordable. He was very surprised at the price I was quoted by my insurance.
- Reassured me that this drug is an intermediate solution while we work on the real problem, and does not see me taking it for even a year.
- Keep taking until ear pain and "muffled" feeling is resolved.
- Wants me to use it in both ears, since it's done a good job of clearing up the wax in my infected ear.
- Since it's so expensive and my left ear isn't "sick" I think I'll only use it once a day in my good ear.
- If ear worsens, see and ENT.
- Use Debrox (after infection has cleared up) as often as once a week to clear wax since mine is apparently "very wet." Irrigate well after use.
- After Debrox use, use OTC Swim Ear to make sure all the Debrox is really out.
- Try to make sure to drink 4 16 oz glasses of (clean) water to help body fight infection.
- Once ear pain is resolved, pinch nose shut and try to exhale to relieve muffled feeling.
- Look for online coupons or payment plans online for Ciprodex.
- If can't find anything, before refill e-mail to ask doctor if alternative medication would be acceptable.
- Also call local pharmacies and ask for their no-insurance prices on drugs. They might be cheaper than through insurance.
15-minute doctor visit: $90
TOTAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES ADDED TO DEDUCTIBLE SO FAR: $341.10
- Swim-Ear (3 pack): $14.98
- Ear Protectors: $4.50
- NuMedica Micellized Vitamin D3 1200 IU drops: $27.50
- Amazon coupon: -$5.00
TOTAL NON-INSURED EXPENSES SO FAR: $672.35