the short version:
Hello! I'm obviously new here and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 23 year old female who has had severe chronic back and neck pain since I was 17, I've had one surgery.
the long story:
My pain is mostly in my lower back, L5 which causes severe mostly left and sometimes right side pain in my legs all the way to my feet. I also have a recently discovered bone deformity in the upper part of my sacrum. I also have pain in my neck C4-6 that travels into my left arm and causes weakness and tremors. I currently cannot walk without the assistance of a cane, hold a job, do house chores, or walk for more then 15mins without being in severe pain.
I have had so many Doctors I can't name them all. I have tried without good results: physical therapy, massage therapy, traction therapy, chiropractors, multiple spine specialists, multiple neurologists, multiple rounds of epidurals, topical pain injections, many many many many meds I can't even think of the full list and weight loss. I am also now limited to the kinds of meds I can try since I had terrible seizures on Lyrica. I had a Lamenectomy and Discectomy which helped temporarily between the recovery time and the time the pain returned worse I spent about 5 months where I was able to do a bit more and hold a job.
I have also experienced disturbing pain attacks for the last few years, where my pain is much worse then usual and I will have long periods of time I don't remember, where I'm not able to talk to anyone around me and I am told that I say and do things that don't make sense. I wonder if anyone else has these kinds of experiences, my doctors believe it is because my body wont let me faint from the pain so I just have "dissociative episodes".
Alright well sorry for that long mess, I probably wont post much as I tend to be more of a reader then a talker but I would certainly like to have the chance to talk to people who have similar experiences. Thanks!