*Among many other things*
Sigh...there is not enough space herein, time available, or energy in me to post everything.
Bottom line: my body has degenerated to the point of the average 60-70 year old or beyond (specifically disc material); I've exhausted so many routes, medically speaking, and am still in complete misery; there is virtually no quality to my life and I spend the majority of my days and nights attempting to manage my pain and be functional and productive; I still try like hell (sorry), but have to admit I can no longer work and will have to consider a disability application.
The challenge is this: I have boycotted traditional treatments since a cervical surgery more than a decade ago and have sought coping avenues through alternative means, such as chiropractic, massage, accupuncture, yoga, and no drugs. Obviously, the social security office's process requires a "doctor who'll support my claim" and I don't have one. I am 41 and blessed, or cursed depending on how you look at it, by not looking "sick", so to speak. Numerous consults over the past 6-12 months have resulted in grand frustration. I've been basically shooed away, each time with some sort of prescription I didn't fill, from over half a dozen medical professionals. All of them allowed somewhere around 5 minutes to examine/talk with me, wrote a prescription and left the room with the canned comment which seems to be customary of 'call us if you have any questions' and on to the next patient (or golf game, or whatever) they went.
I have been unable to successfully illustrate what I am going through to anyone in the medical or civilian world; nobody gets it: nobody (yet).
I desperately need a referral to a medical professional interested, focused, and qualified to look at a patient's entire being, as opposed to "point where it hurts; here, take this".