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We have Blue Care Network (a Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO). They probably would work with me this time, but I am trying to get an Electro Shock Therapy machine for home use right now to take care of the excruciating pain in my heel where I have a calcium deposit which is under my achilles tendon.

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Not sure what insurance you have, I have Cigna and they are notorious for not paying for things, yet they okeyed my machine and they pay for me testing strips and needles.

Sad tho, my husband is going to retire soon and I'm not sure what we're going to be having for insurance then. It's a little scary, but I know God will provide.

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My doctor didn't have a problem in writing a script for me to get the machine, but the insurance didn't want to pay for it at the time. I am usually within range, if it changes it is only by .1

I think I should try again.

I take 5 mg. a day.

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Yes, parameters... The range he wants me to stay within is between 2.0 and 3.0. If I go under 2 or over 3 for more than one reading, I'm to call. If it goes back into range on the next time I test, no need to call him.

I have been on Coumadin permanently now since 1989. My Dr. has gotten & kept me stable and rarely do I go out of whack. There were some times when I went to be drawn that it was low or hi too many times and he adjusted me, but he does not believe in "micro-managing" it.

I have Protein S Deficiency and so does my son. He is multi-challenged and the last thing I wanted was for him to have to deal with this. But since he has been put on Coumadin, he's been really good about his meds. He is in a group home and he self medicates. He is very determined about doing it right!

As for your doctor trusting you, many don't, they think patients are ignorant. My Dr. is very good about it and we have a good repore (sp) he knows that I can manage this myself. One thing you must keep in mind, this is YOUR body, it's is YOUR responsibility and if you allow it to "bleed" or "clot" then it's on you. You know how your body responds to your environment. Listen to it, watch what you eat, and take care of the factors which will make things change. If your doctor has had to deal with catastrophes with you, he will be nervous but if you have proven to him you can take care of yourself, he should be okay with it.

I take 3mg 2 days/wk & 1.5 mg 5 days/wk. That may change in the near future as I want to start eating more fresh veggies. I need to loose weight, but haven't been very successful. It's the "support" system which I lack. I don't want to go to WW. I have trouble with exercise because of Post Thrombotic Syndrome (caused from clots in the past) so it's not easy and I have to find a way to be successful at this without spending a ton of money, you know what I mean? Anyway, a lot of veggies I'd be eating are hi in vit K and that'll really throw me off big time if I get into eating a lot of them. But I'll talk to my dr first and let him know what I'm doing so when I do have to call about my INR being too low, he'll understand why!

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10/22/10 1:00 A

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I really think that the doctor has to trust that the patient will be compliant with giving them the results. I think that when the potential is bleeding or clotting it makes them a bit nervous. Do you have parameters for what you are to do if it goes too high or too low?? Like a sliding scale for a diabetic?? I am happy there are options out there!!

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10/21/10 11:43 P

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Smaller & LLD, I got an INRatio about 2 years ago now. My insurance covered the whole thing and they pay a large part of my supplies. There is a deductable I have to pay annually in my insurance, but once that's paid my supplies aren't very expensive. I've been ordering 3 boxes at a time so it takes me through about 9 months.

Who ever told you it's not an option, there either is a reason for that, or they just don't know what they're talking about. One question though, when you're tested at the hospital, are you pretty steady? It could be a factor if your INRs are all over the map. If not, then maybe your doc is just not into self testers. Mine thinks it's a great idea. I only have to call him if my INRs are out of range for more than one test. I've been able to get it back on track if it slips out of range one week.

Hey, good luck with it, I do hope you can get one. Diabetics have self tested for decades, why shouldn't we?

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LLDWARRIOR, I hope you get a testing machine. I started to check into it awhile ago and encountered some trouble about the cost.

I would think that you as a nurse should be able to test at home.

Good Luck to you and keep us posted.

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10/20/10 10:11 P

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I would love to do my own testing!! I have been told it is not an option. I think docs are afraid of the liability. I am a nurse and could EASILY do this myself. I usually just get it checked while I am at work but there is no reason I can;t do it myself! I might call my insurance to see if they would cover at home testing supplies. I have factor V leiden defficiency and have had three pulmonary emboli. I will be on Coumadin life long. I take 10mg/day 4 days a week and 4 mmg 3 days/week.


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I just got a CoaguCheck. I'm pretty excited that it will mean fewer trips to the hospital for blood testing. I'm doing a few weeks of checking hospital-CoaguCheck in tandem just to see the correlation.

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Lasher, what is the model name of yours?

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PT/INR machines have been around at least 15 years... I know someone who bought one when they were "new"... He paid $7,000!! I paid $500 canadian for mine... Strips are $8 each though... It looks basically like a diabetic's Accuchek machine...same company... Here's the website...

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11/11/08 1:28 P

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the home testing machines are relatively new. They run about $2,500 plus supplies. But some insurances cover them. Doctors don't suggest them because of their cost. My dr asked me how it would save me money if it cost so much. I told him that my insurance may pay for it, which they did. So it does save me money in many ways. For some reason there is always a slight co pay when I go to the lab, plus it's a 32 mile round trip to the lab, so if I have to make two trips a month when my INR is off, or even at the normal 1x mo, it saves me gas money as well as co payments. I love it. I've had mine since August. I'm getting used to the needle pick on my finger and it really doesn't hurt like I thought it would. My model (& I suspect others do to) records my readings and saves them up to 50. I can always check back to see what it's been running. I test in the morning (I take the coumadin at night) and call my dr's office. He calls me back later on that day & we discuss the level and what to do and when to retest. If I'm in range he usually has me retest in 2 wks, if it's not in range 1wk.

If you'd like a website to check on how to obtain the machine, let me know and I'll send it to you. Or read further down the posts, I did enter it before if it's still there.

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No Mica, PTS is not artial, my problem is in the veins. I actually was surprised to hear from those with clotting in their arteries. I have PTS because I've had probably around 20-25 dvt's from '72 to '89. The last one was in the mesentaric vein, that was NOT funny! But I won't bore everyone with that story.

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Wow. Talk about "head stuck in the sand" I didn't even know there were home testing machines for PT/INR!!! Amazing.
I've been on Coumadin for 40 yrs. now and this is news to me. ...wonder why the doctors keep this secret? more $$ for them? hmmmm??? THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT INFO!
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Wow, it sounds like the Post Thrombotic Syndrome is primary in the arteries and mine are a vein issue..
I am so sorry that you all go through this pain... When I feeling pain in specific areas, it tells me that it's time to go get checked out.. I could not imagine being in long term pain... Wow....

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I guess I will have to talk to my new doctor about the Post Thrombotic Syndrome, because that sounds so much like my symptoms when I am walking or exercising and the artery collapses causing excruciating pain, then the leg goes completely numb. Back in 1993, when this happened to me the first time, they tested me with a Doppler and they discovered that down at the ankle, the artery was completely shut off. Once I would rest, the artery would open back up and the circulation would start again. I have been through a Pain Clinic, and that gave me the tools to get through life. They taught me relaxation techniques (RT) that I use everyday. I can do RT at the grocery store, a red light, or waiting in line. I would have lost my leg by now if I did not go to the week long class, because I could not live on pain pills. I do have a large pain tolerance, so for me to take pain pills it is usually on a Sat. night after a 18 hour day when I have a wedding here at the Banquet Facility.

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Concerning heat, that makes things worse for me. Cold is better. I cannot tolerate things like foot messages either. You know those electronic ones that they had at the mall for people to try, they kill my legs.

I guess I don't have a high pain threshold, however I don't take pain meds unless I'm in the intense season. They get so bad it's like I have migraines in my legs and it makes me nausious, literally. Spring & Fall are my worst seasons, however this past year was bad all through last fall into summer. Winter is usually my most comfortable season, but not last winter, it was terrible. When I get to the point of sitting there crying, it's time for pain pill!

If they made a cooling pad, like the heating pad idea, that would be great. I should invent one, but I don't have a scientific brain unfortunately! emoticon tee hee!

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My bloodclots were in the artery of my legs and not vein. My doctor said it was like a heart attack on in my leg and not my heart. Never heard of that before.

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PSTENSEN,
Well, I am not shore if I have it or not. The reason that I say this is I have an extremely high pain threshold...
Over the years I have had several DVT's and PE's... The last Major PE and DVT, I thought it was an upper respiratory infection.. Oops, it was a good thing that I had insistent on the chest x-ray, because it was a BAD one.. After two days of Morphine, I had them switch me to plain non-aspirin. Pain medicine actually gives me a hangover/headache.. So, I only use it when absolutely necessary.
As for the compression hose, I am suppose to where them, but I actually feel worse after wearing them.. So, am as active as I as much as my body will tolerate and then I rest.
For the moment I am a stay at home Mom. So, I can schedule the good and bad days... There are still many times that I need to rest and there is an issue needs my attention... For me, being at home is not the on the couch and Bon-Bon deal...
One of the issues I did have big time is when I was working in a professional setting.. I was the long periods of sitting in an office being sedentary.

Question? What about a hot tub? for water therepy? the heat would help with the circulation, and the heat would also help with some of pain... This is just a thought...

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Mican...
It's a condition involving the veins in the legs caused from repeated dvt's. I experience constant pain in my legs and during certain season (& I don't know why) the pain elevates to intense. I have a standing RX of pain medication to help curb that intense pain. My legs also at times feel like they are made of lead and it's difficult to move forward. Just some days are like that. I wear 30-40lb compression stockings every day all day and that helps to keep the pain level tolerable. This is one of the reasons exercise is difficult for me. Ultimately if I was able to swim every day, that would be good, but I don't have a pool and even if I did winter would be a problem as I live in New England. I don't do public pools! My biggest dream is to have an endless pool in a 4 season room off the back of my house. I'd be in it every day.

I was just wondering if any one else had this condition. I know there are people out there with it as I've been to a website dedicated to it, but just wondered if anyone was in SP too.

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PSTENSEN,
What is Post Thrombotic Syndrome? that is new to me.

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wow I can't imagine only testing once a month ... lately I have been testing at least once a week and sometimes twice a week because i have been fluctuating wildly lately going from 1.8 to 4.9 in one week ... I used to take 5 mg but lately now have been taking 6.0 4 days and 5.0 3 days.

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I was stable for years until this year. All of a sudden it's been flucuating, going from 2.1 to 4.5 from one week to another. Until lately I tested every 4 weeks, but since I've had my machine he has me test eitehr weekly or every other week depending on the level. He did just make an adjustment of my regular dose. Instead of 3mg 4xwk & 1.5mg 3xwk, it's now 3mg 3xwk & 1.5mg 4xwk. That seemed to work for this last testing, Wed I'll test again and we'll see how it's doing. I'm hoping it stablizes. I'm so glad I don't have to make the 32 mile round trip to get drawn any more.

Hey guys, does anyone else in here have Post Thrombotic Syndrome? I'd like to hear your stories if you do.

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Oh, I agree so much. I have been on blood thinners for 15+ years. My original doctor always kept a very close eye on my situation (fighting to keep my leg since 1993). He went on a vacation and I had my blood tested and got some newbie staff doctor. My PT was 30 and it was Friday, the newbie told me to not take any Coumadin until Monday. I told him that I take my coumandin at night and that would be 3 doses--he said "do not take any and test on Monday". I did not feel comfortable so I took 2.5 mg. per night. I had been alternating 7 & 5.5. On Monday morning at 6:30 am when my regular Dr. got there he saw the notes and called me immediately and said "please tell me that you took your coumadin". I told him what I did and he said "GOOD, never skip any doses unless you hear the words out of my mouth only". I have lived by that now all of these years until April of this year, he left the HMO that I am a part of. I am and have been on 5 mg. per day since 1997, very rarely do I waiver below 2.0 or above 2.8. I have a job that is like a ball & chain that keeps me tied to the house (B&B), so it is so hard to get out and get tested. My doctor only has me test once a month unless I feel that I am out of my zone.

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Something, I find intresting is that some of us long-timers with the warfarin in the past had a doctor or two screw up the dosage of the blood thinners...
This is the complete reason that I treat them with a short leash, to some degree it's because of their not knowing how MY body works with the blood-thinners, not what the readings are suppose to say...
Then again I don't believe that most of us long term warfarin users would be alive if we didn't make shore that our levels were in check...

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I generally find the drs. don't always know what they're talking about... especially with me, because I have to take so much warfarin to stay in range... for example... whenever I go off it to have a surgery or whatever the doctors at the hospital always want to start me on 7... They don't listen to me... I know that won't work!!! I've been living with this for more than 20 years!!

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Which one of us are you talking too.. I am not a Dr. or a Nurse.. However, I had to go without a Dr. for 18months. I did not have a choice about going without a physican, but I didn't go without the bloodthinners... I stayed a little low on the INR (1.9) I check in the local ER to have a PT and INR and then stay steady with the warfarin...
I did not have a choice about the doctor, but I know that I needed the warfarin...

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Are you serious? How can you do that? I always call my dr and he calls me back to tell me if I need to adjust it and when to retest. I would NEVER try adjusting it myself. Wait, are you a nurse?

Yeah, no way I'd play around with it. I've had enough problems over the years when I had drs who didn't seem to care if I was in range or not.

In fact I had a "new" dr which I met one time. He was cocky and thought he knew it all. I tried to impress on his mind that I wasn't like his other patients and I needed to be sure we were on the same page. Apparently we weren't cuz I had bleed and landed in the hospital and I dropped him like a hot potato. He let 4 days go by w/out calling me to tell me the results and by then I was in the hospital under the care of my surgeon until I got a new dr. That was 18 years ago. My dr now is great and we have a good repore. He has kept me stable now for 16 years.

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I tested at the lab too the first few times, and it is within the range... If I have a weird/unexpected result... I'll have it checked at the lab... I have very little interference from the doctor... I call if I need advice on how much to take, but I usually adjust the dosage myself.

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Hi Smaller,
I'm new in here. But to answer your question, I have an INRatio machine and my insurance covered most of it. I haven't gotten a bill yet, and I don't know why cuz I've had it a couple of months now (since August). I do like it, it is exactly the same model used in my dr's office lab. I had it correlated with theirs too and it's accurate to within a 0.1, which it great.
There is a website which you can go to if you want to check out the different ones. It's http://www.shopqas.com/patient/anticoagula
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Good luck, hope you get one and find one you're happy with.

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I am in the US.. The two best things to do are, One call the insureance company, and the other is to call the INR companies.. Sometimes they will sponsor a machine and drop the prices on the equipement... I have priced equipement in the US and it runs from... 15.00 a strip to 4000.00 machine...

Hope this helps with the prices that you will be looking at... It's not pretty...

SOmeday they may make it affordable like the glucose machines for the diabetics.. For now its still very expensive....

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Thank you for the info. I will have to see what my insurance says. With my long days, it sure would be nice to test at home instead of driving to the lab. How often do you have to be tested by a lab or does your doctor accept your numbers when you test. (Not to be nosey, just curious.)

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I'm in Canada btw

The machine was CD$500 - that's great...but the strips are CD$8 each!! That's where it gets costly... It's not hard to do, but there is a learning curve... I've wasted a couple...

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If you do not mind, could you give me a price or a price range?



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Mine didn't cover it, or the strips either!! Pretty costly, but I'll use it the rest of my life so...

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Thank you, I was just contacted by QAS and they are sending me the paperwork to fill out and then they will be able to let me know if my insurance will cover the expense or help with the costs.

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I just got a home testing machine a month ago... It is made by Roche Diagnostic

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I would love some information about this as well!

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I am considering getting a home testing kit. What types do you have, do you like it, and was it covered by your insurance. Thanks for the responses in advanced.

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