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With that I ordered two workout DVDs: yoga for pain and back care basics.
Even with insurance, physical therapy costs $400/mo. While I’m not poor, $400/mo definitely exceeds my funds. I know very few people who could afford an extra $400/mo…even some fairly well off people.
Doing yoga designed for fibromyalgia and back pain relief is the closest option. I checked reviews from others who have purchased the DVD and the vast majority were positive. I go to a chiropractor which helps tremendously but not so much that I can resume normal activity. Perhaps my muscles have become very weak after 2 years of nearly constant severe pain, especially severe back pain.
Next, I’m going to research a gluten free diet. A friend of mine with lupus found a gluten free diet decreased her pain significantly and she has flares much less frequently. I’m also going to research a whole foods vegan diet. Another friend with MS had very good results on a whole foods vegan diet. She very rarely has migraines any more and reduced her pain medication to the minimal dose.
Will changing my diet work? Maybe, maybe not. If diet change doesn’t work I’ve spent a few months eating lots of nutritious whole foods and foregoing wheat. Compare the inconvenience of wheat-free or vegan to taking a new medication which has side effects like lymphoma, liver cancer, or kidney disease and you can see just how small the sacrifice is.
I’m also considering a gym membership to a local place that only costs $10/mo. When the weather is miserably hot or miserably cold, I can go walk on a treadmill or lift light weights.