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Wellness Wednesday Repeat: Wellness Wednesday: Accessing Affordable Non-insulin Diabetes Medication

Today, I want to re-share a quick resource from the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialist on Non-Insulin Diabetes Medication Cost-Saving Resources.

This is a list of drug manufacturers and organizations that provide cost-saving programsthat help people access diabetes medication.

Remember that this is not a permanent solution, but one way to help people with diabetes afford lifesaving medications.

It is also important to keep in mind that some companies may have changed eligibility requirements or the program itself since this publication. For updates, visit their websites or contact them directly.

#Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #medications #financial #HealthCare #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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Next up: Ketamine

I lost count the number of antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, etc. I've been over the last 17 years. I know its 20 plus. So I saw my psychiatrist today and recommend Ketamine infusion therapy. He indicated that there are other medications I could try if I wanted but he didn't seem to have much hope for them. If this doesn't work I guess I'm on to ECT. I knew I would get here pretty much the end of the road where they've got nothing left to throw at me. #medications #KetamineTreatment

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Adderall is a Lifesaver

Lately my ADHD had been out of control, to put it lightly. It was suggested to me to try Adderall withhow bad it's been, so I spoke with my psychiatrist about it and he prescribed me a decent dose. Upon taking my first dose, I pretty well feel like a whole new person. My mind isn't racing, I can actually concentrate and slow down, I'm less impulsive, and I can still eat and hold conversations, just while calm and collected overall. It's a really nice feeling and I can't say what will work for everyone, but this prescription is definitely already helping me and my ADHD symptoms. I highly recommend it to those that can and should take it (and obviously don't take it if you want to use it unsafely or for recreational purposes. Anyways, just thought I'd share my happy news. I am enrolled to start college full-time extremely soon and I finally feel ready for it upon taking this medication. I'm so glad someone recommended it to me. ❤ #feelinggrateful #ADHD #AdultADHD #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #medications #trialanderror #grateful

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Wellness Wednesday: Resource- Understanding Drug Prices & Co-pays

The US healthcare system is very complex…and complicated.

This is especially true when it comes to getting the medication that we need.

DiabetesSisters has created a quick resource that provides tips for getting the lowest price for the prescription drugs you need. Feel free to print or take a snapshot to keep for yourself or share with someone you know.

Understanding Drug Pricing and Co-Pays:

#Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #Health #HealthCare #medications #financial #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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Benzoyl substitutes for anxiety

I've been having some issues with the psychiatric medications I'm currently taking that were prescribed by my psychiatrist. For example, lorazepam (Ativan) helps a lot with my anxiety, however, it makes me feel sleepy which is problematic since being alert during the day is important (especially with full-time college coming up soon for me). Then with antipsychotics, I need to take them but they also either seem to just knock me out and/or cause major weight gain (which is also unhelpful minus with my insomnia, but it causes extreme daytime drowsiness and I've also struggled with an eating disorder on and off for the past 11 years, so that can just trigger me to relapse into unhealthy eating habits).

I would ask my psychiatrist personally but he's very quick during appointments and basically just prescribes a pill then sends me on my way.

Anyways, to go back to the lorazepam/ativan issue, I also worry a bit about the addictive quality of that medication due to my addictive personality & tendencies both in the past and present.

But I don't know of a better alternative and I'm tight on money so (since most psychiatric medications are free in Ontario), my best option financially speaking is to take prescription psychiatric medications, since I don't have to pay for them. I'm on ODSP (Ontario long-term disability), so finances are extremely tight/I'm in poverty (note: I'm not being dramatic here, that is a genuine fact and you can look it up yourself if you don't believe me).

Anyways, basically my question is, how can I determine which psychiatric medications I should take when my psychiatrist isn't thorough or even borderline malpractices (and doesn't even give me drug info when giving me new prescriptions), and there's very long waitlists to get a new psychiatrist? Should I just call a pharmacist and see what they'd recommend maybe or should I not because psychiatric medications aren't necessarily their specialty (since that's what psychiatrists specialize in)?

I don't know what to do and I feel like my doctors don't either.

#MentalHealth #treatment #Doctors
#Psychiatry #Psychiatrists #Psychmeds #medications #MentalIllness #comorbidity #ADHD #Insomnia #SideEffects #comorbid #Anxiety #Mania

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United Health Care Pushing Opioids Instead of Covering Procedures

Now let me start by saying I'm not adverse to opioids in the right circumstances, but we all know what a mess Purdue Pharma and others have made. Anyhow, my partner's back conditions continue to worsen. He's tried every single treatment available to him. Nothing works except a Radio Frequency Ablation which has to be done every 6 months. At the end of the 6 months period last time he had a job change which of course means a change of health insurance. He went from BCBS which was amazing for him to United Health Care and Oxford. They have basically tried to kill him over and over again.
Their latest idea was to put him through unnecessary test injections before the RFA which they openly approved as medically necessary. Then even though he had over 80 percent reduction in pain, they denied it as not medically necessary. They did it all through the appeals process and it is abhorrent.
Then the other day we get a call from one of the insurance reps asking about his conditions and openly pushing opioids as an alternative to the surgery when he first off can't take them because the interactions with his medications (which he had just finished confirming his med list with the rep) would be catastrophic. It is just beyond horrific honestly. And after the first no I'm good on Opioids, that should have been the end of it. In fact it shouldn't have even been brought up by them as a suggestion. It was terrifying honestly to think that this is still happening despite court cases and the amount of public backlash and everything. Direct from the of course publically traded United Health Care (and of course the whole Optum Pharmacy management branch who they own). I am appalled. I am disgusted. I am beyond enraged.
#opiod #medications #AnkylosingSpondylitis #MentalHealth #Fibromyalgia #CPTSD #ChronicIllness #Migraine #UnitedHealthCare #HealthInsurance #ADHD

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Quick Tip Thursday: If Possible, Use One Pharmacy To Fill All Your Medications

To reduce the risk of duplication of medicines or harmful drug interactions, try using only one pharmacy that keeps track of all your medications.

#Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #medications #pharmacy #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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Self-created guardian

While in hospital for my mental health, I was taken off of certain medications to be put on new medication. And during this difficult time I started to write poetry. With ADHD I sometimes struggle to put thoughts together in a way that makes sense.. with creative writing I really learned to express how I feel about my situation.

So I wrote a poem about our inner self-created guardians, the inner children that we have inside us that still tries to protect us from harm even when we no longer need them. Whether we have this guardian because of abuse of any kind, I wrote this piece so that people could relate to having that inner voice that can sometimes be guilt creating, harmful and overwhelming.

So while off my meds this is how I strung my thoughts together in hopes that I might find someone who can relate.

The poem’s name is

Self-created Guardian:

Sometimes I'm overcome by a shadow and marked unsafe by feelings of madness,guilt,badness...sadness

That my own mind runs wild searching for peace, my
thoughts making me fight with a "ME" that I have
created out of necessity..

Now that very creation bothers me not only now and then but incessantly...

Trying to find a purpose for existing in a world it was not meant for...

Trying to hold onto the woman that doesn't need her anymore..

How does one create space in one's mind for a self-created guardian? And still exist as one's own protector? One that I have always been? And never even knew...

How then do I become truly "ME" without letting go of you? - a poem by Camron Botha

#MentalHealth #Poetry #creativewriting #Abuse #Survivor #EmotionalAbuse #ADHD #relate #Advocacy #MentalIllness #Love #struggle #medications #poet #Loveothers #wearefamily #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder



Lately I've had a lot of trouble getting anything done. I've had several health flares from lymphedema and fibromyalgia, as well as IBS. My thyroid is a little over-productive right now and it's hard to concentrate on much of anything for any length of time. I have a lot of things going unfinished around here, and I'm finding dishes scattered from room to room.

The good news is, I'm keeping up a little better with my medications, and I've been going to a clinic which seems to really be looking after my best interests. I'm still scared that I'm going to run out of money before the next time I'm paid, but so far it's been okay.

I'm very lonely and very frustrated, and I can't even think of anything I'd like to do. I don't have a vehicle after the wrecking the van (I think I was dissociating), so there isn't much I could manage anyhow. #Lymphedema #Fibromyalgia #thyroid #medications