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5/18/12 1:14 A

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Went to a school of chinese medicine and could get treatment and meds for $26-30. With a regular appointment, the docs in training (and supervisor) got to know me and treatment took a bit less time. In this area (East Bay) there are places where you can go to an acupuncture clinic and get treatment in a room with 5-7 other people. It is a great affordable option compared to private treatment.

My sleep and energetic issues improved a great deal with chinese medicine, which I use because I don't have insurance.

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5/15/12 10:09 P

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We are both on SS now and have another retirement pension as well so I suppose I won't qualify either. But I take a proton pump inhibitor and the med is also very expensive. The company send a card so that I only pay $55/ 90 days! They renew the card on a yearly basis. This is what I was looking for with the Lyrica. Might be worth a try though.

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5/15/12 4:44 P

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I have called the Lyrica company but did not meet the low income requirements. My doctor kept me supplied in samples for a long time. Of course my dosage levels was low and it was more of a test to see if it would help. I am walking due to Lyrica but take a high dose.Can you get on some kind of a state program or state aid?

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5/14/12 10:49 P

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Hi and welcome to the team! I find that water walking is fairly easy and I can do that 4-5 times a week. But right now, I don't have a pool or water to walk in. If you have something near, it is a great resistance walk without the difficulty of walking on land.

I wonder if Lyrica gives out a card for reduced cost. Thanks for the comment. I take 2 different doses and that doubles the cost. I have thought about going off it and trying something else but I think I will try a note to the company.

Eileen

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5/14/12 10:24 A

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Welcome to the team. There are programs that you can enroll form the medicine companies that can get the the medicine at a low price or now price at all. Look up the medicines and look at their programs and apply for them.

Kathy had everything all ready laid out for you as for exercise. I can not add much to that.

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5/14/12 10:03 A

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If you can walk you can do your elliptical--as long as you take care, set your own (slow) pace, and time yourself so you don't overdo...

Some things that are easier--check out the YMCA, they usually have an indoor pool and will prorate the costs to suit your budget. Try some water aerobics. Even just walking in the water will help. The buoyancy takes stress off your joints, and at the same time offers some mild resistance to help rebuild muscle.

Stretching helps too--things like Tai chi or yoga are helpful for some. Heat and/or ice are helpful for some to deal with flare-ups...

These things won't necessarily make you pain free... but it will help you build and maintain physical stability and stamina.

A few things to remember:

START SLOW, INCREASE SLOW! Taking your time is important. You don't take just one week to train for a marathon, and this is the marathon of your life!

DON'T OVERDO! Timing is everything. Personally, I get involved in what I'm doing and end up doing too much--so now I set a timer. For everything! LOL

DON'T STOP! It's perfectly kosher to back off a bit--BUT--No matter how much you're hurting, even in a flare-up, you can't quit or you'll end up making your pain worse. Yep. Lack of movement increases the level of discomfort. Let me repeat that so I MYSELF remember lol--LACK OF MOVEMENT INCREASES YOUR PAIN!... don't let that happen!

PARTICIPATE IN TEAM DISCUSSIONS! You're not alone in this any more. The people here are great listeners, and have wonderful ideas and big hearts. You don't have to worry about not being understood, because even though it's different for all of us, we've been where you are in one way or another... we stick it out, and we help one another--

--and you're part of that now!

Welcome aboard!
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/14/12 8:46 A

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I cannot afford Lyrica or Cymbalta. No insurance and it is very expensive and I don't make much money! Anything natural help your symptoms? Or any foods or exercises help? I am always tired and I always hurt, especially my shoulders, neck, and back. I used to be able to work out 6 days a week for about an hour each time. But now, I am lucky if I can walk 2 days a week. I used to do the elliptical and run and everything. Now walking is all I can do.

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