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Pain_is_mePPain_is_me Posts: 69
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi there,
I am new to this site and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a divorced 'middle-age' mom of 4 young adult children; one son living back at home now. I have had issues with back pain for many years and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1997. In July 2010 I injured my back gardening and developed sciatica. The pain was excruciating at the time and I still have pain every day from it. I won't go into a vent about here but I could.

I take lyrica and Tylenol 3s for the pain, tried physio but that didn't do much. I have an appt with a surgeon in April and a referral in for the pain management clinic. It takes a very long time to do these things here. I had a CT scan about Oct. and it showed a herniated disc at L5/S2 (or S1 I'm not sure), compressed sciatic nerve, arthritis and something else I can't remember.

Some days the pain is not so bad, like today, but that's usually days when I'm not doing anything. I can't sit for more than 1/2 hr so I can't work in the office. Luckily my job allows me to work from home. I spend most of each day lying down in bed with the laptop on my stomach. The medication makes it difficult to focus and think but so far I'm doing well enough to keep my job. On really bad days I have to take a sick day and just take more meds. I used all my sick days last year plus had to take 3 weeks sick leave. I can't go shopping or spend too long on my feet, just making supper is a big job. I really hope I heal and can get back to living my life but most days that seems like a distant dream.

I'm glad I found this group and hope to make many friends here. Its nice to find people who understand.


  • Hi and Welcome Pain

    Boy I never thought I'd say those two words... welcome pain...

    You've made your way into a great site, with lots of info and many fabulous people. I'm pretty much the same as you, can't sit for too long, can't stand for more than a few minutes without my feet, leg and back screaming at me. Sciatica - that's a treat, isn't it? I wish you luck with the surgeon and pain management, hope you get to both soon! Until then, search through the different tabs above, the Conditions, Treatments and Wellness sections, there is a lot of terrific info to be learned from them! Again, welcome to the site!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • HI :wave: & welcome :D

    I hope to get to know you better and be able to offer you support.

    I have found this site to be a life saver - quite literally as when I joined my pain levels were so high I thought life was just not worth living any more. Through the wonderful members here I was given the courage to fight for my rights and treatments.

    Are you in the USA ? What type of work do you do? If you don't want to share I understand. I work from home ( since my injury ) and don't get to met too many people who do ( hence my nosiness lol ) ;)

    A good support group can make your life so much better :D
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • :O) Hi MsHumptyDumpty,
    I am a 49 year old mom of 2 children in college (thank God one is about to graduate!),and though our medical problems are different, I can relate!!
    I had major Scoliosis surgery in Nov. 2010. I thought that by now I would not have a lot of pain and that my life would return to normal. Needless to say, it didn't and that is why at 3:52 a.m. I am awake and not asleep like most people.
    Teaching was my life (outside of my family, of course!!!) and I have had to come to the realization that I will not be able to return to my job ever again. You are so...very lucky that you can continue to work from home. My "problems" have put quite a burden on my husband of 25 years. Not only does he pay for 2 kids in college but he also doesn't have another income to help anymore! It is such a blessing that we have this place to express our thoughts and feelings. I know my family has heard all of the whining from me they care to! Pain is like an ugly monster. It eats at you until it wears you down. I very often feel as if life isn't worth living. Then I think of my children and what I would miss out on if I were gone. I am thankful for people like you, and the others who are members of this site, at least we can reach out to each other and know SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS our pain!!
  • Thanks for the welcomes MsHumptyDumpty and Numbskull. Welcome to the group Ambreb I'm new too.
    MsHumptyDumpty said:

    Are you in the USA ? What type of work do you do? If you don't want to share I understand. I work from home ( since my injury ) and don't get to met too many people who do ( hence my nosiness lol ) ;)
    I am in Canada, very thankful for it too after reading alot of posts about issues with health insurance and what's covered/not. I do have to wait longer to see a specialist and get the treatment I need but so much is covered that I never worry about that. One less worry is always good. I work for a large IT outsourcing company doing software testing. Even if I was in the office we work 'remotely' in the sense that nothing is stored in my laptop... I have to connect to servers far away, as far as London and Moscow so working from home is not much of a stretch. Everyone understands and I'm included in everything by conference calls. Its working out well for me. If I couldn't work from home I'd have to be on disability because there is no kind of work that I could do like this. Work also has a great medical plan so my prescription meds are covered as well as any physio, chiro, massage or anything basically that my doctor will write a referral for.

    But with all that it is still crucial to have support so I am here and glad to be. Hope to make lots of new friends and be able to offer support as well as receive. Have a great day all!
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