I just wanted to say welcome, and also that I can relate to how you're feeling. I am only twenty-three and I was just recently diagnosed. I work full time doing manual labor, which can be incredibly difficult most days, but just like you I cannot afford to quit, or to go do anything else for a living at this point. I only got decent health insurance at the beginning of the year, but I still try to keep costs of everything to a minimum because I have a really high deductable. I always ask my doctors for generic medications if possible... even if you have to pay full price they usually aren't too expensive. Also, if you do have insurance and your employer offers a flexible spending account, they are really helpful. That way you can have a few dollars taken out of your check every week (before taxes, so it doesn't make a big difference) instead of having to come up with a large amount of money at a time for health expenses. Aside from meds, I find that stretching and using heat are the most beneficial. Unfortunately I still haven't found a way to make living with fibro easily managable. But I like to think that there is hope for all of us if we can just find the right treatments.
Hey there (:) cenobite. I think finding this site was the absolute best thing that has happened to me in a long time. I was at my absolute bottom when I discovered all these great resources. and some pretty amazing people.I belong to several forums; but Fibro's the best. I guess cause Fibro attacks, genuine, compassionate, sensitive and aware; these latter two being the problem. We are victims of a great deal of pain which allows much time for reflection.
Survival; well, I've become pretty darn "burned the shirt" as regards to survival. I took a page from a very resouceful gentleman, a Park Ranger who kept me from freezing to death one summer while I lived under a tree, in a provincial park, with my Rhodesian/Amstaff, in a pup tent. This genleman got my fire started each morning. despite the rain and wet wood, until I watched and learned. He told me of living under a big rock ridge (like a cave), on the top of Cape Smokey, Cape Breton, N.S. All winter. So, also about Foodbanks and letting your doc know you're not covered, so he will prescribe less expensive medications, ones which have been on the market for some time, way less expensive. Walmart has a $4 prescription program, for certain generics. Also, as the other good folk mentioned, Free Clinics, Pharmaceutical Freebies, and sometimes docs have a few "donations" from the community with chain of custody intact.
There is something reassuring about hitting your "bottom", you'll know where it's at. And it's good to know where it's at.