I just found and joined this board a few hours ago, and have found it very informative and comforting. I knew there were others out there like me, and now I've found that. However, I'm still a little confused. I'm 26, and have been told by doctors that I shouldn't have all the problems that I do. But I have them. I wasn't injured, except for various falls which now injure me a lot more than they used to. And I've felt like this since I was 19. However, I wasn't diagnosed with degenerative disc disease until I was 22, but they still wouldn't help me—I didn't have insurance. Even after being on disability and having insurance and having an MRI done, the doctor lied to me about the severity of my condition and I didn't think to ask for the test results (but I do, now). He just made out like I was a hypochondriac or a junkie.
I dragged through the next year, limping, until the pain got so severe that I went to the ER. That's when he read the same MRI that the doctor a year before had read, and it showed then that I had a herniated disc. They put me on pain medicine and muscle relaxers and I went to physical therapy for a while (because I'm only able to receive 15 visits in a year).
I had a fall down the stairs two weeks ago, and even pain medicine doesn't help. I tried my doctor and the ER, but because I'm scheduled for epidural spinal injections at the pain clinic, they wouldn't help (the injections are for my lumbar but most of the pain was my neck, which caused headaches), so now I have to talk to them about what's going on.
PRIMARY: Cervical and Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis, Arthritis (Spinal and joint related) and Fibromyalgia.
Several bulging discs, protrusions and bone spurs in regions C, T & L.
C3-C4: Herniated Disc
C5-C6: Herniated Disc
L3-L4: Herniated Disc
L4-L5: Disc Desiccation
L7-S1: Pseudarthrosis at the transverse elements (left side)
Besides that, I have depression, glaucoma/lattice degeneration/astigmatism/strabismus (walleyed), asthma, allergies, GERD, ADHD, OCD, and a deviated septum, which causes more problems with breathing.
I've had multiple tests done, including MRI’s and blood work.
Medications: Won't list all, just depression and pain medicine. Prozac (40mg-1/day), trazadone (50mg-1or2/day), flexeril (10mg-3/day) and hydrocodone (7.5-500mg, 2/day).
And how long have I been in pain? I'm 26, so 7 years, but in the past two years, it's increased and in the past three months, it's REALLY been bad.
My doctors: PCP, Spine & Pain Center, as well as eye doctor and allergist.
I'm glad I've found this site, because now it's gotten really bad. I can't walk that great, though I still refuse to use my cane unless absolutely needed, and my medicine hasn't been doing the trick, anymore. It used to help, but now it seems like it doesn't want to work, anymore.
However, I'm just glad that I found a place where people understand what I'm going through. If anyone has ideas/comments, then I'm up to hearing them. If not, then I'm just glad that I found a place where people understand my pain, and won't judge me on it