Living With MS


I pray that all is well with you and your family when this letter arrives. I've been living with MS since 6.2.02


I don't have any medical insurance, and can't afford it through my job. Is there any companies offering insurance for low income patients dealing with their disease? I'm a single mom of a 17 year son that's been through more than 10 surgeries in the last five years - my plate is FULL.

I'm having a lot of pain in the center of my back and that's where the doctor found the MS. My toes burn and tingle so bad all can do is squeeze them for awhile for relief. I'm really concerned about my new symptoms and really want to see a neurologist but can't afford the bill.

I'm not on any medication right now. I want help so I can continue to live a productive life and raise my son. I feel so tired, sluggish, aggravated, overweight, and like I need a helping hand. I've been blogging the internet for some free help. I really need a hand.



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Apr 12, 2012
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Help for you/No insurance
by: Susan Stone

I agree completely with the above comment. 1-800-FIGHTMS will get you connected to the closest chapter near you and they can help with the bills. Also, try the MS Foundation (www.msfocus.org).

Sometimes these not-for-profit organizations even have a list of doctors that will give their services free of charge or at a very deep discount. It just depends on where you live.

For pain, a therapeutic grade essential oil, Wintergreen, will help. I use it all of the time. It could help with the sensations in your feet too:) You sound like you have a lot going on. I pray you get the help you need. Please get in touch with the NMSS and MSF...they will help you:)




Apr 12, 2012
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Help is Available
by: Akrista

Reply: I can see that you are frustrated and don't know where to turn. As a single mom with no insurance and having to deal with a disease like MS, life must be very difficult and stressful – not a good thing for someone like you.

There are some things you can do now to help yourself in the event that Montel does not get this letter. Here are a few things you can do.

I don't know where you live, or I could have looked up a few organizations in your area and supplied you with phone numbers and addresses. But here are the names of some of them that you can look up. Most have local branches that you can go to or call for help.



  • National MS Society – Your local branch can let you know of area MS clinics that will treat you, some even if you don't have money to pay. The Oak Clinic in Uniontown, Ohio is one such place.

  • Tri-County Independent Living Center – This organization are advocates for people with disabilities – even if you don't have an obvious disability, you have MS. Let them know this when you call and let them know that you need help.



  • Have you taken any of the MS treatments? If so, most of them have programs for those who can't pay for the treatment. You would just need to contact them after seeing the doctor and receiving a prescription. Sometimes your doctor office will even take care of this part.
  • Shared Solutions for Copaxone

  • MS Lifelines for Rebif

  • Above MS Program for Avonex

  • BetaPlus for Betaseron

  • If you don't want to go the traditional medication route, there are many alternatives which are less expensive and just as affective for some as the traditional MS medicines are (this is according to their experience, so it would have to be something you try to see if it works for you).
  • Alternative Treatments for MS - Read through this list to see if anything looks promising to you. LDN or Low-Dose Naltrexone might be a good start.

  • Your local state Job & Family Services will be able to help you with eligibility for any of their services. These all depend on your income, so for that reason, you may qualify for some things and not for others, including health care.




Hope this information is helpful to you. Most of all, try not to stress out. Help may only be a phone call away. The National MS Society has many resources available for you, so you may as well take advantage of them. Ask for help with everything that you need help with. That's what they're there for.

Take care,

Akrista

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