Anybody have any advice for me?
Hello my name is Megan I am a 23 year old female 5'3" 160 pounds, I was in a car accident almost a year and a half ago resulting in multiple disc herniation's. I have been to chiropractors, pain management doctors, and a surgeon. I have had two cortisone injections which resulted in no relief left me with more problems (menstrual, acne problems, and weight gain). I have had 2 MRI's and a discogram (unbearably painful) leaving me with a diagnosis of having two herniated discs in my lower back. I am in constant pain in my lower back and my calf/heel/foot/toes constantly are going numb or it feels like needles are sticking in them, and I cannot find relief. I am currently on hydrocodone 10/500 which do nothing to ease the pain I have tried multiple other pills with the same result, my pain management doctor told me that he did not want to put me on anything stronger as a possible addiction could incur, I have NEVER had a history of drug abuse or any problems with addiction I am afraid that because of my age that they already come to that conclusion. I am about at my wits end and about to loose my mind the pain is unbearable which has caused me to only get 2-5 hours of sleep every night granted I do have ADD so my mind never shuts off but since my injury I have lost a significant amount of sleep. I have recorded my sleeping habits and when I do finally fall asleep I am constantly tossing and turning (up to 20 times in a 5 hour period) or waking up. My surgeon is recommending an anterior lumbar fusion of my L4-5 which I am scared to death to do because of my age and the serious nature of the surgery. I don't know what to do I just want some relief from the pain and to be able to have a normal nights sleep and function like a normal human. I want these doctors to start taking me seriously instead of just pushing me aside because of my age; I am 23 but I am very intelligent, I do not party or drink or do drugs the most I ever do is go out to eat or to a movie once in a blue moon. I am a homebody which is how I like it I would rather be home with my dog watching a movie. Any help or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.