I’m 60 but I feel older because of the stress I’m constantly feeling; I’m just gonna say it’s very hard. We have the constitution that guarantees the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But how can you pursue happiness, which includes having a good life, if you are not well and have a chronic condition you can’t do anything about because you can’t afford it?

 

Prescriptions:

Fluticasone, Celecoxib, Clonazepam, Montelukast, Dextroamphetamine, Atorvastatin, Lisinopril, Gabapentin, Pantoprazole Sodium, Loratadine, Duloxetine, Mometasone 0.1 ointment, and Proair HFA Albuterol Sulfate.

 

Ann suffers from fibromyalgia, severe and painful osteoarthritis, neuropathy, narcolepsy, and depression. Her PCP prescribed Lyrica but Ann cannot afford the $300 out-of-pocket expense. In its place, Ann takes gabapentin off-label, which is less effective for managing pain than Lyrica, and comes with harsher side effects. As a substitute teacher, Ann earns $10 an hour, her husband collects Social Security, and their daughter lives with them to help out financially.

Ann also had cataract surgery and was prescribed eye drops that cost $1,200. She often skips taking some of her medications, including one for narcolepsy, because she cannot afford it. This makes her days very challenging. She recently skipped another medication when her paycheck was lower than usual because she was home sick with the flu and missed a week of work.

“I’m 60 but I feel older because of the stress I’m constantly feeling; I’m just gonna say it’s very hard,” says Ann. “We have the constitution that guarantees the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But how can you pursue happiness, which includes having a good life, if you are not well and have a chronic condition you can’t do anything about because you can’t afford it?