(Closed) Anyone with a chronic med. condition lived/lives abroad??

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

depends a lot on where you’re moving to.. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

also, technically I was supposed to have my own insurance before moving here but anyone who has a valid residence permit is covered by the national insurance so it would have been a bit of a waste for me.. can you find a forum for expats in your country and see what they have to say?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have both severe asthma and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and I lived in Japan for two years.  I take a whole cocktail of drugs each day just to function.

Managing my asthma was somewhat difficult because a lot of it is allergy triggered, and all my favorite allergy meds are illegal there (Claritin D, Allegra D, Sudafed, etc.).  To get around that, there may have possibly been a bit of illegal drug smuggling.  Maybe.

My EDS was easier, since there aren’t any drugs for it anyway – just pain meds to treat the symptoms.  My only problems with the EDS were trying to describe it through the language barrier to some extremely rural doctors who had never heard of it before.

I did have health insurance the entire time I was in Japan, so I was able to get all the drugs (well, of the ones legal in that country, at least) I needed at very affordable costs.  My biggest problem was after I returned to the US.  I didn’t have insurance for several months.  Obamacare hadn’t gone into effect, so my parents’ insurance didn’t cover me, and it took time to find a job, so I didn’t have any insurance through my business, and although I was able to get catastrophic insurance for those months, I couldn’t get anything else because of my pre-existing conditions.  My Japanese doctor took pity on me and sent me home with a supply of asthma meds, but I ended up in the ER once after they ran out.

Really, though, I think everything depends on where you’re headed.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@GreenEyedMoon:  Yikes!  My allergies are pretty severe, Japan is definitely off the list!  There are times when I double up reactine and claritin along with my prescriptions.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@AB Bride:  My allergies were actually a lot better in general over there than they are here.  I’m apparently allergic to North America.

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