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Old 06-25-2019, 05:45 AM
 
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.......The doctor tested it for gout and that wasn't the case. ........
Your symptoms sound very much like an attack of gout. Gout and OA often occur together. If the testing was just the usual blood test for uric acid, the results are very often inconclusive with a high possibility of a false negative result. That is especially likely for a sudden one time attack.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:32 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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So I'm curious and asking everyone...is low inflammation a good thing in and of itself or is it merely a good indicator? What I mean is, if you have low C-reactive protein and decent cholesterol and low normal BP, and good blood sugar is there something else I need to worry about? Something even more "basic" than low inflammation?
LOL, I'm sure they'll find something. But in the meantime, especially if you're wondering what it might be, I wouldn't worry about it. Just live, do your best (and what makes you feel the best) and enjoy life-especially those things they tell you are bad for you, in moderation.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:52 PM
 
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All my doctors promote wellness via diet and exercise.

How in the world do they compute "healthy" in France. I am super healthy... except for aggressive RA... I can't imagine how they pay based upon things the doctors cannot control.
Like all things their system has downsides but the focus includes alternative methods also. These methods are covered by insurance. Some info on french healthcare

It provides a free checkup.
Every 5 years, patients in France are provided a free checkup on the status of their health. This is a full-service exam that is provided at no charge. Patients receive a hearing exam, an eye exam, a dental exam, blood tests, and even x-rays.

It covers alternative treatments at the same rate.
Patients are permitted to pursue alternative treatments for their healthcare needs in France. That means homeopathy is fully covered. That includes treatments for unhealthy habits as well. If you want to stop smoking in France, then the healthcare system supports the effort. It also supports the need to seek out therapeutic help for mental health concerns you may have without needing to worry about insurance coverage.

It is focused on preventative care.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the costs of healthcare is to focus on proactive health habits. Encouraging patients to make healthy choices, followed by annual checkups and proactive visits, helps to make the French healthcare system one of the most effective in the world at what it does.

It provides doctors with a fair wage.
Doctors in France earn about 60% of what a doctor in the United States typically earns. The debt-to-income ratio for doctors in France, however, is about equal to U.S.-based doctors. French doctors pay no tuition fees when they go to medical school in France. In the United States, the average cost of a 4-year degree at a private university is nearly $300,000.

It allows anyone to qualify for the system.
To become eligible for services provided through the national healthcare insurance, patients need to provide proof of residency in France for 3 months. That means anyone can access the benefits of the French healthcare system if there is an issue they need to have addressed. If youíre outside of this 3-month window, you can still visit a medical provider to receive services.
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:55 PM
 
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It doesn't seem much different than my health insurance, though my health insurance covers more annual exams.
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Old Yesterday, 11:58 PM
 
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It doesn't seem much different than my health insurance, though my health insurance covers more annual exams.
I do see a number of differences for example, whats the name of the insurance carrier which covers Homeopathy here in the US. My understanding is Homeopathy is not covered by the national health insurance plan. Could be that since French doctors dont bear the financial burden of med school, they dont need to focus on their own debt like american doctors do.
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