Hi everyone -
I'm pretty new to this pain thing. I had no idea how much it affects the rest of you life and functioning! I have gone from a very active and engaged phd student and dance teacher to a tearful lump on the couch over the past month or so, and I'm trying really hard to get my morale back up.
Compared to some of the things I've seen here, I guess I don't have that much to complain about - just one herniated disc, and I might even get away with not having surgery. But I've tried, with very limited success, a number of different pain medications and anti-inflammatories, and the pain and numbness are actually getting worse. I'm going in for an epidural cervical cortisone injection on Tuesday and I'm crossing all the digits I can, hoping that it's effective enough for me to start my life again.
I think I'm done complaining for right now
I'm looking forward to meeting you all and giving/getting support and information!