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.