Well, My name is David - I have probably lurked here for a couple years.
I started down this journey some 25+ years ago. I picked up a 5kg box and ripped out my sciatica/ hamstrings. The issue was that I had the standard treatment[bedrest back then] and followed that up by going back to work. A couple months later, I did it again. Sent home with T3's and Flexeril. That did not work and because I should not have had any problems at that age, I never really got this teated. Each successive time I was hurt and it was a 10 when I got to the ER, they just prescribed something else, but never bothered to get to the bottom of the issue. I kept modifying my life and work to accomodate the issues and because of that, I have continued to work, with a lot of changes even up until now. I have exercised,stretched, meditated and guided imagery. I used anger to move my body and a whole host of bad coping mechanisms to keep me moving for all of these years.
Four years ago - I felt like do-do and this had been going on for months, so I stopped in on my MD and kept asking ?'s until he got the point that I was in pain 24/7. Well -been through the list of meds on the WHO's scale and a whole host of NSAID's to boot. Most of them just bloated me up. And other bad side effects. I was kept on T3's and other stuff with Aceta for more than 2 years. I got to the point where, after doing my own research, I was a little concerned about what the Tyl could be doing to my body. Asked MD to get me off it. He did not!
2 years ago - I had an acute episode, pain thru the roof and the back was really tight. Muscle relaxants did not stop the issue and the ER resorted to demerol. Finally, in 20 minutes, I had relief. I was sent home with a script for a narcotic and told to use it as needed. It was a short acting IR. I was back to my MD in 30 days, to check in with him and once he saw that I was on the IR and moving better, he switched me over to ER narcotics. Since that time - I have been on a low dose ER and IR.
I did got through a screening for addiction potential and the MD there listened to where this had begun, 20+ years ago and figured that it I had any addictive potential, I would have been self medicating with Alcohol or street drugs before this to handle the pain levels. Been on the Fent patch - 75's was where I ended up on them and I kept having really bad reactions to them. Got to the point where it was like being on a roller coaster, steep ramp up - and then a crash on the other side. I did not have anything for breakthrough while I was on this, my MD did not know that he should provide any. His only other patient was a Quadripelegic and since she did not move at all, there was no way that the MD would know how to sort this out. I cold-turkied off of that medication in a week. Had the worst pain imaginable, but it was better than being on those patches by a long shot! [Yes - I know - I should not have - there is a lot I should not have, but I did and lived]
Finally - after the patch problems, I was sent for a CTScan. Well - that came back with "Moderately Severe Lateral and Central Stenosis - L3-L4 and some issues at L5. Some more of it found at C6-C7 and DDD and Osteo athritis throughout. That was Nov 2007. My God - at least I have a diagnosis and finally acceptance from the MD that yeh - "you have a valid reason for hurting like heck and oh - because I never believed you for the last 20 years - you also have Chronic pain, because your body has been fighting itself all this time about that too!" Thanks!
So that is my introduction. I always have good days, because I keep looking for the good in each day. It might be only a few minutes at a time, but I hold those things dear to me.