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Didja Miss Me? I’ve Been Making A New Friend.

I suffer from a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’m in good company since Mick Mars from Motley Crue also has it. When my doctor stated that the increased pain I’m suffering was a result of the ailment, I had to make some decisions and some changes in my habits.

If I were a resident of Canada, I’d be on a waiting list for a hip replacement, if I wasn’t lucky enough to all ready have had one. Unfortunately, I live in the United States and don’t make enough money to pay for the health insurance necessary to have paid for an operation like that. We may have the best healthcare according to some people, but, it’s not necessarily available to all of us.

I will qualify for Medicare in 2.5 more years. Then I might get lucky enough to have the necessary surgery. Much will depend on whether or not I can find an orthopedic surgeon willing to take the 80% of the cost from Medicare and work with me on monthly payments until the bill is paid.

In the meantime my options are to spend my 2.5 years taking Oxycontin, Vicodin, or Morphine while living in a narcotic haze to kill the pain, or I can learn to make the pain my friend. I value what’s left of my mind so, friend it is. One I admit I’d like to live without, but learning self hypnosis techniques to control the severity is not as bad as it sounds.

Another big help has been my doctors insistence on stretching and movement alternated with periods of lying flat. I’ve advanced from being able to sit for 10 minutes without locking up to a whopping 20 minutes. It takes a couple of careful steps to unfold and straighten up, but I can do it. Just don’t slap me on the back and tell me to stand up straight. I just might sic my new friend on you for that.

 

6 Responses to Didja Miss Me? I’ve Been Making A New Friend.

  1. Butterose May 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Jon, In 2 more years I will have Medicare. Not sure how affordable that will be, but I will start looking at the options when the time comes. On the plus side, the treatment is working and I am suffering only minimal pain these days.

  2. Jon April 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

    It’s just terrible that we can’t get affordable health-care for a hip replacement. Something’s really wrong here. I’m sorry you have to live with this pain.

  3. Butterose January 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    When my doc and I discussed this type of treatment, I told her I was stubborn and would get through whatever I have to as long as it wasn’t having to take meds that would make a zombie out of me. She said she didn’t really like the word stubborn, it had negativity attached, and she preferred the word sturdy. Even she is impressed with just how stub…errr…sturdy I am. My sturdiness is being tested today. A niece died unexpectedly, I’m sort of numb right now.

  4. admin January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I think you made the right decision…maybe not for the short-term…but it’ll definitely pay off in the long-term. I live with pain myself, and have for about 6 years, and you learn over time to ignore it in mild phases and deal with it in extreme cases…drugs have a habit of helping in the short-term but making things worse overall long-term. ;)

  5. Butterose January 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    It hasn’t been a fun few months, that’s for sure. However, I believe my decision to not take narcotics was the right one. I get a shot in my hip, lidocaine and a steroid. Then I just try to relax into it, and most of the time it works.Besides, I need to do sumpthin besides sit on my butt although lying on my back staring at the ceiling isn’t quite what I had in mind. :D

  6. admin January 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Yes I have Darlin’! ;) Completely understand what you’re going through, albeit for different reasons, hope you get better. Been crazy busy trying to redesign this site…hoping to have it up sometime in February, i think you’ll love the changes.

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