Welcome to HW....We are glad you found us but not glad that you have chronic pain issues:(
We are not Dr.s here and no one can give any medical advice...That is going to have to be between you and your Dr.
But we can certainly empathize and offer non medical suggestions and it's just a great place overall to be able to share about
good days and bad ones...
I don't have insurance right now either. It looks like thankfully that you are on 3 of the least expensive medicines out there....All 3 have generic (which I would hope you are using)....I know both the Tramadol and Flexeril are $27 each month for the dosage of 2 pills a day (of each)...And I know that the Gab is really cheap as well....
It's great that you are going to start swimming soon. The worst thing that people can do with any type of chronic pain is not move during the day...Of course working with their Dr. for appropriate exercise...But swimming is one of the best ways.
Do they have you on calcium supplements and any other medicine for the Osteoarthritis? Like corticosteroids? Or have they done cortisone injections?
I would hope that you have seen a few board certified Orthopedic surgeons to get different opinions to make sure they are not overlooking something that can be done..
It sounds like you have probably done this if you got approved for disability for those two ailments...
Anyway...others will come along to say hello...and offer any tips/tricks to help....Hope you decide to stay with us..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006