I just joined this forum. I have DDD (big black space between L-4/L-5 on my MRI) "pins and needles" in my feet every day, fibromyalgia and everything that goes along with it including killer flare-ups that wipe me off the face of the map for days on end, treatment resistant depression, anxiety and chronic bad luck (kidding...well not really).
I don't have time right now to write my whole story but I wanted to introduce myself.
I am 40 years old and have been "pretending" to be in pain since I was 18. It was all in my head, there was no evidence or any problems, Take these pills, oh sorry no insurance? Bye Bye....
Then years later an MRI shows the DDD. All of a sudden "yes you have real problem" So it went from me being crazy to having a rotten disc and two vertebrae rubbing together. There are things we can do to ease your pain... Oh wait you have Medicaid? Sorry they don't pay for anything. At least that is what I was told by the wonderful robot infested pain clinic I have to go to.
My life has been a painful roller coaster ride of rude and/or incompetent doctors and nurses, dangerous pharmacists and never ending fights for my rights as a person living on disability.
I joined this forum because I feel lost and invisible. Doctors don't seem to care, Lost my disability benefits thanks to one person who couldn't return phone calls, hopefully will get them back but not without a relentless battle. Pharmacy/pain clinic are useless. Nobody does their job. It all makes life very hard.
I read through some of the posts and feel like this could be good place to vent and maybe get advice.
I will be here later to write more.