Need help with my IUD nightmare

Halima - posted on 02/27/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone I am new at this place and I really need your help on my situation because I don't know what to do anymore!!!!. Here is my story. A year ago I had a IUD mirena placed after giving birth of my first baby. Since I have no insurance and not working, I have the IUD for free. Before the insertion I asked the nurse if I can remove it before 5 years if I decide to have another baby and she said now, the IUD is very expansive and if I decide to place it it will stay there for 5 years. I agreed to let her place it knowing that if I decide to remove it before that I can go at any other office. The nightmare started the moment she inserted it. I was having terrible cramps. She said it normal and gave me a pain relief. after 10mn. The pain became worse later and I ended up at the ER. After a ultrasound, and pain relief they release me saying the IUD appears to be in the proper place. A week later a nurse of the ER called me telling me that I need to go see back my physician who puts the IUD in because it does not look normal. I when back to my physician explaining what happen but she did not look to verify if the strings are there but just said it is normal I have pain, it is the body response's. The pain goes and came and it is in my left side. I feel like something is pinching me there and it is very sharp and painful. So since last year I have been trying to have it remove and I have seen 4 physicians so far and they say they can't do nothing I have to go back to the place I have it placed. And when I go there they do nothing I feel like they don't trust me and they think I just want to remove it. Actually I have spent all my savings in this stuff and I can't afford it anymore. The last x-ray I did says it is in the left side of my pelvic but they can't localize it with a ultrasound. I am really considering going to a ER and stay there until they remove it but I don't have insurance and really can't effort other medical bills more then what I have now. I have try to take an appointment to the hospitals but the appointment are too far. So please help me find a solution I am really disoriented and don't know what to do. I don't what to think about the fact that maybe I will never have other children I just got married and have 25 years.
Thank you for reading. Sorry if my English is not very good I just moved to the USA 2years ago.

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Amy - posted on 02/27/2013

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If you've had xrays you have every right to get copies of your xrays so that the new office doesn't have to do another xray, same thing with an ultra sound. My suggestion is not to tell them about the trouble and just say you are looking to have it removed. Do not tell them about the run around you are getting because you will end up with doctors who don't want to get involved in your current situation.

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You might be stuck going back to the same physician that put it in, but that physician has no right to refuse to remove it. Unfortunately, you will still have to pay for the removal. No physician is going to do it for free.

As for them thinking you cannot afford the expenses there are still many doctors in the US who are not used to working with uninsured patients. They are hesitant to work with the uninsured knowing that it is very likely they will not get paid in the end. The US has very strict laws concerning medical debt, and it is very expensive for independent doctors to recover unpaid debts for work they have done in the past, so many just won't do it. They should be able to give you a statement of the charges, and take payment upfront. Offer to do that and see if it changes their minds. Many doctors will work with uninsured patients if they can pay in full up front. Many will also offer discounts to make it easier for you to pay the full amount at once because they save a lot of money in billing expenses.

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I don't understand why they won't remove it. The IUD can be removed at any time for any reason--you do not even have to tell them why. Now, your insurance or government assistance, or whatever you used to get it put in for free will not pay to have it taken out, it will cost between $300-$500, but they should do it for you regardless of your reasons.

Don't bother with the ER or hospital, they will only give you a big bill and refer you to your physician or OBGYN to have it removed. It is not their job to remove it unless it is literally endangering your life. Instead, interview several OBGYN over the phone to find one who will remove an IUD that was placed by someone else. You can tell them that you no longer wish to do business with your old physician and are looking for a new one to work with. Also, tell them that even though the IUD does not appear to be the problem based on ultrasound/sonogram images, you would still like to have it removed and explore a different method for birth control. You will not have to pay for the phone calls, so ask as many questions as you can during those, make sure you choose a physician wisely because you will have to pay for the office visit, any work they do for you, and the new birth control, but that is just life in the US. This is an optional treatment and it is rarely covered unless you have very good insurance.

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Halima - posted on 02/27/2013

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Thank you I think your are right and that is why they are hesitating. I get it now that is why they are sending me back to the first one. OK I am going to contact some other offices and see if I can find someone who have already seen my case. I know I won't have any treatment for free.

Halima - posted on 02/27/2013

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Thank you Kelly for reading and taking the time to respond.yes that what I had decide I when to see the physician that ordered the x -ray. I was there yesterday and after they tried for the second time to localize it with the ulrasound and they could not see it. They said I have to go back where all begin. I have explained they that I dont want to dwal with them but they say I have to try.maybe it is because they think I can't effort the expanses. If I go to another offici I have to pay everything ans start over again.

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