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22 yr old male w/severe weight loss and pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 8, 2009
  • 09:45 PM

My 22 year old son is a walking skeleton. He's been to a few doctors, but since he has no insurance, he can't go back. He owes tons of money for an MRI. He has pain in his hips, shoulders and neck. His back and ankles hurt alot too. He is 6' tall and might weigh 110. He eats. He's been trying to eat 3k calories a day, but that's hard to do. His neck is stiff all the time to where he can't turn to left or right without moving his whole body. He works full time even though he is in severe pain. The MRI's were of his shoulders and they revealed muscle atrophy and cartilage floating around in there. He was skinny and in pain as a teen, however, it's gotten much worse. We are going to the Medical College of Ga on Monday to the ER and maybe they can figure it out. Do they have to treat him even though he can't pay, since they are a teaching hospital? Is there a magic word that we need to say in order for him to be seen and treated? Indigent? He makes $7.50 an hour and lives with 4-5 high school friends, so they all split the bills. He loves his job and is going for kitchen manager so he wants to get better and not hurt all the time.

Oh.. side note on family history. His older brother was diagnosed with ITP at 2.5 and Polymyositis at 5. High doses of Prednisone resolved both of these. His aunt on dad's side has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a few other things.

ANY suggestions???? Thanks In advance!

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