My name is Chris and I deal with daily chronic pain. (That sounds like I am in AA or something 8} ) I am 28 years old and was medically retired from Active Duty in the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant on 28 Aug 2009 after 8 years of service. I injured my back while deployed in 2003 in the dessert while lifting and shifting heavy equipment. Some days I could not get out of my chair at work and had to have fellow troops carry me to the clinic. My pain wasn’t chronic until June of 2005 when we were lifting picnic tables out of the back of a government vehicle. I am tall so I have to bend over to pick things up. I bent over to pick up the tables and when I stood upright I felt a pop. It wasn’t immediate pain but it was an unusual sensation. It wasn’t until two days after while I was home on leave to Illinois to visit family that it hit. I was lying in bed and I tried to get up in the morning but I couldn’t. I had my son get me the phone to call my mother. I told her I couldn’t move. She called my grandma and she came over and stayed with me for a while. After a while I had to go to the bathroom but I couldn’t get up. She tried helping me up a couple of different ways but to no avail. Then she swung my legs to my right side over the bed and this time I felt another pop. This one was followed immediately by the most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my life. I have been burned before, cut, scrapped, smashed… I can tell you no pain amount to that pain I felt that day. I started screaming and cussing. Yelling for and at my grandma to call and ambulance. I know a grown man screaming and yelling at his grandma. I feel bad about that and later apologized to her. The pain persisted and I persisted telling her to call an ambulance. The ambulance got there and so did my mother who was at work. They came down to where I was in the basement and they started checking my vitals after my mother told them I was active duty. They asked if I had been exposed to any neuro agents or any unknown substances. I don’t really remember that much but I was told this. The ambulance workers later said that I was going into shock. They brought me on the hospital and I spent my whole week of leave there. Great huh?
The did MRI’s and found out that L5-S1 is herniated to the right and L4-L5 is showing degeneration and is herniated as well. L3-L4 shows degeneration. Later in my career, (about 2 years later) I had been having upper back pain. I persisted in requesting an MRI of my thoracic spine as I was having daily chronic upper back pain and ache as well with stomach and chest issues. The MRI showed herniated discs at T4-T5, T6-T7, T8-T9. Whenever doctors look at these finding they are shocked. One because they tell me that Thoracic herniations are uncommon and two they look at me and my age and the damage that’s done and they are surprised.
Since I have been injured and have been dealing with chronic pain I have been scouring the internet for hopes of a cure. I have been on this website before posting (under a different screen name) when my world was darkest. Unfortunately I do not remember my username or password since it has been many months since I have logged in. With this deliberate scouring of the internet I hope to find some items of hope for myself and for everyone on this site. I am not in your situation with your life challenges but I can relate with my chronic pain and my life challenges. I hope that by posting positive things I can be light of hope for people and hopefully meet some good people in the process.