Well, after months of reading posts on this forum I guess it's time I introduce myself. I am in desperate need of support from people who understand what living with chronic pain is like.
Sometime around the age of 14 I started having severe low back pain out of nowhere. After having an MRI I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and began physical therapy.
I didn't have any severe problems until about 8 years ago (age 24). I had a couple of huge flare ups about 2 years apart that caused me to be unable to walk/bend/move, etc... I did PT again. I started to get more and more daily low back and leg/hip pain as well as thoracic pain.
About 4-5 years ago I was working with my husband on some landscaping at our new home. I ended up having the worst pain in my life that night! I couldn't move one part of my body without having crippling, mind numbing pain.
MRI showed 3 bulging discs (L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1), annular tear in all three discs, spinal stenosis & bi-lateral facet arthropothy in L4-L-5. I have been in pain 24/7 since that day.
Now on top of everything I have been having major neck flare ups that cause excruciating muscle spasms and once again that pain that makes you unable to move at all. MRI showed 2 bulging discs (not sure which ones) and disc degeneration.
I just finished a series of 3 epidural injections and am currently in PT.
Medications I am taking: Percacet 7.5(1-2 every 4-6 hours), flexaril, Soma for flare up I am still recovering from, Mobic(just started with this), Remeron for sleep, Citalopram for depression.
YIKES! Sorry this post is so long!! Anyway, I hope that I can find some support here. My husband and family just don't seem to understand what I am goingthrough.