Episode 40: Should I Go Outside My Insurance To Get Fibromyalgia Treatment? Ask The Coach

Should I Go Outside My Insurance To Get Fibromyalgia Treatment? Ask The Coach

In this episode of our Ask the Coach series, Tami answers a question sent in from a listener: Should I go outside my insurance to get fibromyalgia treatment?

So many fibromyalgia patients struggling to feel better focus on what their insurance will provide for them. The reality is that no matter how good your doctor is, or how good your insurance coverage is, there will be things you’ll need to pay for out of pocket if you want to feel your best. This may mean adjusting your expectations and re-prioritizing how you’re spending some of your finances to focus more on your health.

Tami also introduces the Sherri Little Foundation, a non-profit organization created to provide micro-grants of $1,000 or less to chronic pain patients for things that insurance doesn’t cover, such as medical equipment, travel to see specialists, treatments, and more.

The Sherri Little Foundation will begin awarding their first grants in 2020.

Key Points

  • You need to do what it takes to get yourself feeling better.
  • If you have a health care savings account or flex spending account, you can use pre-tax money to buy things that would not be covered under insurance.
  • If the ultimate goal is to feel your best, what are you willing to do to get there?
  • No matter how good your doctor is, there are still things you’re going to have to pay for out of pocket if you really want to get better.
  • We need to adjust our expectations and realize that it’s going to take an investment of money, time, energy, and effort to get better.

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Listener Shoutout

I’d just like to say thank you for the podcast and the free book I was able to access, I’ve been struggling with pain for a long time and finally starting to plan and pace my way back to joyful movement. Loving and accepting my body for what it can do rather than what it can’t.

Your positivity is inspiring I was a social worker before my pain got too intense and I just think your outlook is awesome it gives me hope that I will be able to do what I love again, helping others.

~ Kirsty in Northwest England

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