Hello, all. It has been quite a while since I have posted; I'm not sure why, this is one of the few places I can go where its understood, actually understood what I am going through.
I have scoliosis; I'm 60 years old, an old flower child who had expectations of being a young old lady, if you know what I mean. I don't have the medical literature at hand to tell you exactly what is wrong with me, but at present, I am having a pinched nerve give me absolute fits. Snatches of memory from doctors includes "bulging discs throughout" "arthritic neck and spine", "impressive curve as well as rotation". The last ortho doc I went to see insisted that the series of epidural shots would fix me right up. If anything, they made the pain worse. The ortho doc before that one also referred me for epidural shots (I went and had the same result as the last one) and said he would not want to do any surgery on me unless he did the "whole shootin' match". At my age, especially, I am very fearful of surgery, have read that most older people come out with more pain instead of less after surgery. I am on a pain patch and it helps. I'm sure I would be bedridden without it. I homeschool my grandson (I am permanently disabled) because he was being beat up at school by bullies and learning nothing. I am not ready to lay down and give up on life, but my body seems to have different plans. I am getting so very down about it. Any suggestions out there?