Hello everyone!!! I am a newbie to this site and would like to introduce myself and hope to talk to and with other people around the web that suffer chronic pain. I'll try to be as brief as possible in this introduction but sometimes thats easier said than done. I was first diagnosed in 2005 with spinal stenosis in the lumber region. Since then I have diagnosed with further stenosis,degenerative disc disease, arthritis,slipped discs facing every direction and this includes the 6, yes, I have 6, lumbar, 2 in my thoracic and 3 in my cervical.I'm sure the new spate of tests coming before the new year will show much more damage. I have all the medical terms for this stuff and would be glad to share but it would a minute to write it all down. I've had almost every test under the sun many MRIs, CAT scans myleograms, X-rays and the like again the list would be long. By the time I was correctly diagnosed the damage was severe enough for my Dr. to recommend that I didnot seek surgery. I got a second and third opinion with his blessing and everyone aqgreed the amount of time and the extensive damage was not worth the risk of further complications due to surgery. I am currently on a Morphine pump (intrathecal)and other narcotics for pain. Unfortunately I am looking at the addition of a Neurotin kind of relief because the neuropathy pain is finally getting to me. I almost forgot my muscle relaxers for those annoying twitches. Well, thats a brief overview of my journey so far I would be thrilled to hear from anyone out there in Spiny Land. I saw that last week on one of the chat rooms and cracked up. Hope to start sharing soon!!!