My name is Lisa (aka : goddess). My lower back pain started after an automobile accident that occurred when I was 20 years old. While in the hospital I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I was young and thought I was healed, as the ddd was not really explained to me at all. In 2005 I was told that I had a pituitary tumor and would need surgery. In the interim while waiting for the surgery to occur (due to complications) I fell repeatedly and re-injured my back.
This time I did not bounce back and had many painful flair ups. I learned that L3, L4 , and S1 were all herniated. I even learned what sciatica is, oh joy! Pain medication Vicodin and Soma/ Carisoprodol became my best friends. Off and on throughout the years I have had flair ups but they would ease and life would go on.
In 2007 the brain tumor came back and along with it the falling. This time I not only did I re-injure my spine but bruised my ribs and sprained my ankle and wrist. Well radiation (gamma knife) and now the tumor is gone (hopefully for good)! This time around I healed very slowly and the pain in my back never really went away. I am in pain all the time (a dull roar) with flair ups that leave me screaming so loud that the neighbors 3 doors down come running.
I have run the gambit on what might help. Physical therapy, swimming, piriformis , epidurals, Vicodin, Carisoprodol, cymbalta and now i am taking Soma, Oxycontin, and Sevella and Advil and still in pain! Always in pain 24/7/ 365. It is so hard to try to explain how badly you hurt to others when you look just fine on the out side! That is why am so happy to have stumbled upon this sight and the knowledge that I am not an oddity nor alone.
My greatest fear is that at some point soon I will no longer be capeable of walking (at al) and will find myself confined in a wheelchair.
With humble gratitude,