Is it possible to get HRT with insurance?
05-11-2010 01:53 AM
Is it possible to get HRT with insurance?
I had a physical check up week ago. Since I was experiemnting low test symptoms lately, I asked my doctor to check my test. Nurse called me today and told me the results and it looks like I have low test. The nurse was saying that I am just a little bit lower than range but I don't think 201 total test value is optimal for 40 year old.
I am going to talk to doctor tomorrow and will get a complete copy of my lab results. I was doing a little googling to find any anti-age doctor or doctor who are doing HRT around my areaa. But it seems like all of theses doctors don't take insurance for their service. Is this normal? Or do I just need to search harder to find the "progressive" doctor who takes the insurance for their patient? I know many of you guys are doing HRT. Are you guys are currently doing your HRT with out of your pocket expense? The monthly cost looks very expensive to me if those are not covered by insurance.
05-11-2010 02:28 AM
Most anti aging docs don't take insurance. There are a few who do, but they are hard to find and probably not in your area.
Find a family medicine doctor who is laid back and open to suggestions. Plenty of people on the message boards have found such doctors. A few have even found good endos (although this is rare). Don't waste money on anti aging docs who don't take insurance.
What state are you in?
05-11-2010 06:31 PM
I am in SoCal, San Diego to be specific.
I talked to my doctor (on the phone). She referred me to urology doctor. I thought I misunderstood her and asked again but she said that urology doctor can "takes care" of this. I didn't ask anymore to be polite but I am wondering what urology can do for me when so many of people in this board had bad experience with even endo. But, I will give it a try anyway and made appointment with the doctor for next Monday. I hope this doctor is laid back and/or open to new idea.
Btw, Here is my test results from blood test. I don't get tested for everything. Just basic stuff you get from physical.. I omit the unit if it is same as the line above.
Sodium 138 mmol/L (136-146)
Potassium 4.0 (3.5 - 5.1)
Chlorlide 100 (98 - 107)
Glucose 106 mg/dL (70 - 120)
TCO2 26 mmol/L (22 - 32)
Blood Urea Nitrogen 12 mg/dL (7 - 21)
Creatine 0.9 (0.7 - 1.3)
Calcium 9.6 (8.4 - 10.3)
Albumin 4.8 g/dL (3.3 - 5.0)
AST 38 Units/L (17 -59)
Protein, Tot 7.7 g/dL (6.0 - 8.0)
Bilirubin, Tot 0.8 mg/dL (0.1 - 1.2)
ALT 130 Units/L (21 - 72)
Alkaline Phosphatase 54 (38 - 126)
GFR calc 93 ml/mn/1.73 (>60)
Osmo calc 286 mOs/Kg H2O (280 -305)
Hemoglobin A1c 5.4 % (4.0 - 6.0)
Cholesterol 177 mg/dL (<200)
HDL 49 (30 - 70 )
Triglycerides 115 ( < 150 )
LDL by calc 105 ( < 130 )
TSH (3rd Gen) 1.119 mcIU/mL ( 0.358 - 3.800)
Testosterone, Total 207 ng/dL (241 - 827)
Testosterone, Free 9.1 pg/mL ( 6.2 - 28.1 18-60yrs old male)
I also have results from CBC screen but it's a little too long to write it down. If some of those values are needed, I can post it later. As you can see, my Free test is at least in the range. But, I think it should be at least twice of current value to be optimal for 40 yrs old.
Btw, if doctor suggest some sort of TRT treatment that is not in line with typical suggestions in this board (eg, test only with no AI and HGH, wrong dosage, not recommended application etc. ), should I just go along with doctor since this might be the only option with insurance? Or I need to bring his/her attention to suggestion from this board? I don't want to offend or upset the doctor and cause the confrontation but I don't want to be my doctor's guinea pig due to his/her ignorance, either. I already feel so miserable and I don't want anymore misery on my body if it can be avoided.
05-11-2010 06:43 PM
NutraPlanet NinjaMonkey Rep
Urologists actually deal with a surprising amount of Erectile Dysfuction and other repro problems, atleast in Canada. The endos are usually the ones prescribing HRT though. Depends on what you want, but a family doc could probably get you on a Test E + hCG regimen if you did some of the research for them.
05-11-2010 06:45 PM
I understand one has a better chance of getting on HRT with a urologist than an endo.
05-11-2010 06:46 PM
Do not worry about upsetting the doctor. They work for you but are agents of drug companies. You have to be assertive and do this right. If the doctor contradicts what you know to be right, find a new one. Yes it is a pain but well worth it in the long run.
My insurance covered my endo who proceeded to totally screw up and practically try to give me cancer.
05-11-2010 08:23 PM
a urologist is who put me on 200mg a week. find one dealing with mens health/hormones and you will be very happy. a simple google worked for me
05-11-2010 10:34 PM
I will give it a try with urologist first since my doctor referred him. If I am not happy with him, I will go back to my doctor and ask if she can do HRT for me.
Originally Posted by Steveoph
05-11-2010 10:43 PM
I hope mine would be as good as yours. Google keep giving me either some kind of relating article or anti-aging doctor who is operating from their private clinic. I will do more search to see if I can find some good doctor.
Originally Posted by DT5
05-11-2010 10:44 PM
Running with the Big Boys
The short answer is.......Yes but it really depends on your insurance more than the doctor who prescribes it (unless you need specific doctors in your network to prescribe it for you).
I see Test cream and Cyp come through with insurance covering it at work.
05-12-2010 02:48 AM
You can go to Dr. Crislers website (he's from Michigan). Just google his name. He has a good write up on his website about HRT.
I took it into my Dr. but she said she just didn't know enough about it to prescribe it. So I got to Crisler but my Dr writes all my prescriptions so the only thing I pay for is the office visits. Insurance covers all the labs and the medication.
And I have to agree with spinn....A Dr. works for you...there are a million out there. If you don't like your current Dr. or if she isn't on the same page as you...fire her...no different than hiring an accountant or lawyer...if you don't like them for any reason...you fire him and look for a new one.
Best of luck...and good luck with the urologist...I went and saw an endo and he was a complete prick...needless to say...I fired him!
05-12-2010 04:41 AM
God luck. Shudnt be a problem. Wasn't for me
05-12-2010 09:32 AM
I am in North Central Florida - I use an OB/GYN who also has a specialty in Functional Medicine. He is great and takes insurance.
05-12-2010 10:00 AM
My famiky doctor put me on it. Gave me Androderm patches first now Test cyp
Originally Posted by imtrying
05-12-2010 05:14 PM
I think my insurance covers test so I will be covered at least that if I can find the right doctor.
Originally Posted by Grambo
05-12-2010 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by young92117
05-12-2010 05:22 PM
I've heard Dr Crisler read his posting which is sticky to this board but never thought about doing what you described.
Originally Posted by firefighter2032
How did you make the arragement? Did you talk to Dr Crisler first and he took care of rest? Or were you bring up this to your doctor by yourself? I am very interested in this route and want to know more about how you make this happen?
05-12-2010 07:13 PM
dude, there are urologists ALL OVER. find a urologist, use google...if there is no info, call the office and ask if they have a doc who specializes in mens hormones and reproductive issues. its not hard. thats what they are there for. ask ask ask. dont be shy
05-13-2010 12:09 AM
I went into my regular doctor, she put me on androgel at first. No idea why but it just didn't work for me. When I asked to do the shots she said she didn't know enough about it. After I went to the Endo I went back to her and told her I'd never see him again. So I asked if I went to see a specialist if she would just follow his medication scheme.
Originally Posted by young92117
FYI...HCG seems to be hard to come by at regular pharmacies, at least where I'm at. Dr. Crisler has a company he goes through and has very good prices.
I will also add that I have a good relationship with my Dr. She laughed when I went back to her and told her that the Endo accused me of using steroids in the past.
05-13-2010 01:55 AM
Will do if mine turned out to be sucker..
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