Hi, I'm David. I'm glad I found this forum with people who can relate to life with pain.
2 Years ago I started having severe pain in my lowerback, hips, and left knee. I went to my Primary Doctor and told him and he is also an osteopath, he adjusted my hips and I felt much better. He also adjusted my neck, which helped the pain. I went to a chiropractor and told him everything he took x-rays of my lowerback, neck and my knee. It came back that I have hip dysplasia, arthritis in my neck and narrowing of my knee. After the first few months The pain became manageable, and I only went 1 time per month, ( sometimes I would skip a month ) for the next 2 years. After 2 years it stopped helping. The pain had become so bad that it would keep me up at night.
I went to a pain management doctor showed him the x-rays, he ordered MRI of my neck, and lower back. It came back that I have bulging discs in my neck ( C4,5,and 6 and bulging discs in my lower back L5, 6 and 7. I also have narrowing of my spinal canal. ( All This he told me was on Thursday 5/19.) He put me on Oxcodone 15mg. This has helped the pain somewhat but now the pain has gotten worse. I just started having this Friday, I have an appointment with him Tuesday. I don't know if you call it muscle spasms or what but I can feel a certain part of my neck hurting much more then any other and that causes severe pain and weakness in my left shoulder.
In the past before the pain was this bad I tried a TENS unit and it didn't do much, now I don't want to experiment as I don't want to aggravate anything more then it is and make it worse.
My dad has similar problems as me, and we both see the same pain management doctor. The doctor said that there's a good chance that what doesn't work on my dad won't work on me because we are related and these things are usually inherited. . He's right because in the past we have taken the same pills and it always had pretty much the same reaction to both of us. The doctor also said you can thank your dad for this you inherited it from him.
He wants to give me some injections in my neck, then in my back. It's a series of 3 shots, one shot every 2 week. He said it should help stop the inflammation. He said it's x-ray guided. I'm very nervous about having this done.