my name is Geoff and I am a new member. I discovered this site a while a go, but today I decided to join up.
I live in NH and am originally Dutch, although I don't wear clogs (wooden shoes) and wouldn't be able to recognise a tulip if it hit me between the eyes while singing the Dutch national anthem. Married, two cats, no kids, and I will see the big four-oh this year! Yikes.
Have had terrible back pain for years and years. Been semi-believed by docs; that is, they never found (enough) proof to back up my claims of pain, but obviously believed in my discomfort enough to provide some medication.
Have tried going without pain meds for the past nine months, hoping that would help, since possible addiction was a slight issue.
However, since then, my life has gone downhill:
Gained weight, in constant pain, cannot move, cannot sit up, can't sleep, and well, life is less than sweet at the moment.
Thought about suicide plenty of times.
But I have a great wife - love of my life - and just looking at her makes me happy. I could never, ever, make her unhappy like that. Thus, on I soldier.
So here I go, back to the pain doc. Right during a bad (month long) pain spike, and the process is (literally) excruciating.
Six injections per visit, drug test (UA) on my second visit (no problems there), and a contract signing on a third visit, which was originally planned another month out from now. I got that pulled forward a bit, fortunately!
So we shall see what happens.
This doc, in spite of his dawdling and his love for long, useless, needless needles does actually believe that my MRI supports my pain claims. This is actually the first time I've ever heard that.
So that tells you a bit about my situation. I am a gentle chap, very affable. I am pretty much housebound at the moment, and hope to see that change soon.
Ask me anything you like, I'm here. In the mean time, I am looking forward to contributing to the discussions where I can and meeting some people.
Thanks for listening to my long-winded introduction!