Mostly it’s lower back pain, but still, it’s tiring. And yes, I’ve been taking my meds faithfully. I think that my back just isn’t up to all the sitting I do. I’m in a wheelchair, and that’s all I do. It hurts less when I’m in my wheelchair, however, probably due to the hard back and specialized cushion on the seat. My wheelchair is customized for long sitting streatches as well as other things. It cost a pretty penny too. $23K or so I was told by the company where I bought it. The base chair is only $4K, but with all the modifications where the footrests raise and lower as well as the seat, that adds up, plus Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is notoriously expensive. But, I knew I was needing a new wheelchair, so I joined a high end insurance company and paid $350 a month, before I got the wheelchair and they paid 100% of it.
I will probably have to go back to a high end insurance company next year during open enrollment (I’m on straight Medicare right now), because I have some expenses when I get the intrathecal drug pump refilled that we’re having to pay out of pocket that are a little extreme. $300 or so… The refills cost about $8k each, and I have to pay 20%, so I’m having to be a bit more budget conscious since I wasn’t able to get in with a insurance company at the beginning of the year. The one that I chose, didn’t take my doctor, so I got dumped into regular Medicare. I’ll be switching on January 1st, that’s for sure. Hopefully, I’ll find one with minimal premiums, thanks to Obamacare.