... long before it will take effect. Feel like I can't hold on much longer! I'm 62, have made a major move to be closer to family. Now stuck. Have major back problem, am in constant pain, numbness and burning in leg, pretty bad swelling in left foot and some discoloration in foot and toes at time. Can't get any type of medical assistance, am receiving early retirement of a little over $500 a month, no other type of benefits. Love family but for many reasons don't need to be living with them. Always been independent, but now very dependent and it's really getting to me.
Where did you go that you can't get assistance on that low an income? You've got something going on in your leg, that needs attention. The swelling and discoloration in your foot anyway. Cymbalta would most likely help you. There is no generic however, so its costly. There are many antidepressants and some have generics, like effexor. Most of them take a month until you have full effect from them. Are you anywhere near a teaching hospital because they have clinics that have sliding scale pay, and some even have a pharmacy you can use where the cost is alot cheaper.
It may help, but you really need to see a doctor. With your income level you will need some assistance so please look into that. I know its hard you are used to being able to take care of yourself and now you need help. It really sounds like there is something serious going on with your leg and you need to get that looked at. You don't want things to get worse.
Pain can really make you depressed, I know, it wears on you and it becomes all consuming but you have to find something to distract yourself from it. I know, easier said than done, but it is true. I have been living with lower back pain for a long time and after having a fall in September it now goes down in my hips and all the way down my legs, the right leg is really sore. It gets so bad that it doesn't matter what position I am in it doesn't let up. Sad thing is they can't figure out why.
I have even had an MRI on my back and still no answer. I have tried a number of drugs one being cymbalta and most have not worked for me and some the side effects forced me to come off them.
But I refuse to give up or give in. My doctor and I are determined to figure this out and make me better.
I find that talking to people on this site has helped me alot. The support from everyone here lets me know that I am not alone.
Take care and keep trying friend, there is help here and the answer is out there
So sorry for your pain anddepression. Have you tried applying for medicaid? If your only on the pension you say, you should qualify. May only have $2,000 in cash -- you should qualify. Your meds and treatment ( doctors) would then be covered. Cymbalta may help but expensive. Zoloft or other such available in generic could also help.
I hope you find relief somewhere. You should also look into welfare assistance, food stamps for groceries. Do you qualify for social security disability? There should also be free clinics in your area which would treat you. Please seek some of these assistance programs. Bless you
Hi lmab. I noticed this question was posted over two mos. ago, however, I'd like to know how you're doing. Moving from CA to Alabama is a culture shock by itself. Then you throw in no money, living with family when your use to your own space and no medical assistance. I've been in your situation, but we're talking about you. Have you heard of Section 8 housing? Or HUD? Their both federally funded, so their available anywhere you are in the US. You could be on your own again, without interference from family and all the confusion that's disrupted your life. Also, because you'd be living on your own, you'd qualify for EBT(food stamps.) I wonder if you can get disability. Have you tried that? As far as Cymbalta goes, yes, for me it works beautifully. I feel like I have more of a grip on my emotions, more energy and I'm happier. We have to find these things out for ourselves, though.
I'm bipolar, so you know how things teeter-totter from depression to mania, so nothing works all the time. I do feel sad for you. I wish I knew how to help you. If there is anything you want to talk about I'd be pleased to do so. I'm 63, so we have age in common. I'll send you a friend request and if you accept, then we can send private messages to each other.
Take care lmab. ~~~~pickles503
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