I don't want to be one of those people who gets into something and then starts recommending it to everyone, but have you considered Alternate Day Fasting? I was reading through your aches and pains, and it seemed a lot of them might be helped with reduction of inflammation, which ADF is shown to improve.
Just wanted to throw it out there.
I got the owl Idid because it was one of the realistic ones, which I, personally, love. Lizards would be awesome, too.