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Anyone else like me living with multiple herniated discs, protrusions and extrutions, scoliosis?

Mar 15, 2017 7:10 PM

I cannot afford insurance and in turn cannot get surgery. My whole lumbar area is herniated, spinal stenosis, Degenerative Disc disease, fibromyalgia in lower back. I am forced to live on pain meds and cannot work, trying ro even stand and do dishes wears me out and I get stiff and hurt more. I'm jealous of ppl who get to dance, etc...

Mar 15, 2017 7:31 PM

No I don't have that problem. But I wanted to tell you I hope you feel better soon and I don't want to get too much in your personal life. But if you get social security then you will be able to get insurance. Wish you the best of luck 😊

Mar 15, 2017 9:21 PM

Thank you for caring. We all have issues. I'm grateful to find this place and for all of us suffering. To talk and give advice from someone who understands. I did file for disability through a lawyer and awaiting the grueling time table. In Al, you get Medicaid, after given disability, until you start getting your SS check, then you're kicked off and it's up to you to pay for insurance with what little you get each month to live on. Our system here is horrible. It's known as the welfare state. No food banks, places with clothing, supplies and the food stamps are very low amount.
I wish you the very best also.

Mar 15, 2017 9:36 PM

Thank you 😊 I'm sorry to hear that. Don't give up .

Mar 20, 2017 10:12 AM

Yes, I'm the same with fibromyalgia, MRI shows all my lower back is stuffed and I have non stop pain in the entire right leg. I currently on oxibutin daily. Really stuffs up my life as I can just manage to do any activity for 10 minutes. I can no longer drive and rarely go out. Still fighting the drs to do something to help.

Mar 20, 2017 6:51 PM

I lived on my savings account for the 3+ years it took to fight for disability. Also apply for any drug savings plan that is offered. I would have died without the assistance. I found a doctor that would allow me to pay on a sliding scale. It sucks that it is so hard. I straight out refused to touch my 401k. I was lucky that I could live very frugal. I do pride myself with my money skills. Just keep hanging on and don't be afraid to ask for help everywhere and anywhere. Sometimes churches will sponsor someone maybe that could be an option you have not explored yet. I have a leukemia that I stopped treating because my choice was pay for the treatment or pay for lab work and I could not do both. I also have 20 inches of stainless steel in my entire T-spine. I do understand what you are dealing with. Keep fighting something has to give.

Mar 20, 2017 7:54 PM

It unimaginable the things we endure.. Unfortunately I was a hairdresser for 23 yrs and didn't save much, what I did went to repairing our home air conditioning, clothes for my children from a different marriage as my ex wouldn't step to the plate and help. But regardless, I had nothing to fall back on. But I never dreamed that I would be in this predicament, I thought I would die rolling a perm. Thank you for you all telling your stories. I feel for you all also.

Mar 28, 2017 6:18 AM

Raeco, I too don't have health insurance. I'm waiting for medicare to start up. What I was told is you have to wait 2yrs after being awarded it before you can actually use PART B and then it covers 80% of costs.

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