I have been dealing with back & neck problems for the past five years now; which has led to some major procedures on my lumbar and cervical spine, with more to come in the future. But I am somewhat perplexed at what has happened to my pain levels in the last 12 to 18 months.
There are times I can not put any weight on my right leg due to lack of (or no) strength, shocking sensation(s) in my legs and feet, inability to stand and walk without some type of aide at times, pure (uncalled for) nasty comments over insignificant things, constant pain in the back & down the legs, etc. What I now consider normal daily life.
In February of this year I was put out to pasture by my agency (Law Enforcement) because of all the symptoms and side effects of back & nerve damage.
Here is where my conundrum enters the picture. I went from an average daily pain level of a 7 or more, to what I used to consider a 2 or 3. I even stopped taking all meds because they were not making any noticeable difference to the nerve & other pain I experience.
My PM Doc tells me he is jealous of my pain tolerance. And even though my pain level is now considered low, given my symptoms he suggested installing a pain pump.
Is it normal to get accustomed to dealing with pain on a daily basis? So much so that the same symptoms that I would previously score as a 7 or higher on the pain chart I now consider a 2 or 3?
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