Told myself no more forums or chatrooms or message boards.
I'm gonna take a chance here.
OK: I have DDD in my cervical and lumbar spine. I have cervical rediculopathy, sciatica-as well rediculopathy in my legs, facet joint disorder in my lumbar and cervical spine, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, Migraines and VERY severe neck pain as my cervical spine is spurred and has no curve to it anymore. There is also foraminal narrowing in my cervical spine...and the hit parade goes on and on!
At this time, I have, once again, entered the PT phase of my treatment, which includes water aerobics and traction. I will also be beginning epidural injections and IV Lidocaine. I am on numerous meds for pain, muscle relaxers, etc. I have also gone to a wonderful Medical Massage Therapist for about five or six years. I tried Chiro...only temporary relief. Then the pain came back, even worse!
I am a disabled nurse...and finally having to give up my beloved career was about the last straw for quite awhile! I briefly read the new posts, the first being the disabled doctor. I think it is very hard for care-givers to suddenly find themselves on the other end of the spectrum. We don't make good patients.
I can be very verbose, so I will stop now to keep from wearing out my welcome.
That's my baby in the pic I choose. She died suddenly from liver cancer last summer. It still tears me up sometimes. she was quite a cat!!