Hi my name is not important, I am 30 year old carpentor. And a little over a year ago I was over worked building curtain walls, and it cause several perturbing disks, and a syrinx. I weigh 140 pounds, and i was being made to lift 160 lbs up to forty times a day. It goes from the level at the bottom of my shoulder blades up to the neck. I have been in constant every day pain since then. I have had to get a lawyer, because the job basically fired me and denied responsibility. I can not work like this. I am a honest hard working carpenter. And I have been reduced to a out of shape, recluse who can barley do anything anymore. The only medicine my primary doctors have giving me so far is Tramadol, and some bullshit back cream. I have now started seeing a surgeon and he gives me Gapapentin, and Loratab. The Gabapentin helps with the elbow and shoulders, and hand pain. At first my surgeon acted as it I had nothing to worry about, that it did happen at work, and the srynix was caused by the injury. Also that it was not from a tether or any thing from birth. He said he will probably be able to figure out a way to help surgically. Then he sent me for new MRI's with contrast. And I ended up seeing him early because I got the MRI done quick. Now he says he wants to just continue with the medication, and see me every three months to see if it grows.The medication is not doing much. The Loratab is way to weak to be effective. I believe even though the Gabapentin help some pain. It seems to enhance my lower back, and leg pain. I don't know what to do, because there is no way I can work let alone live like this much longer. I'm am slowly becoming mentally ill from this pain, and the end is looking closer, and closer. He says he would have to drain it if it gets larger. Why can't he drain it now sense there are no defects to keep causing it? Should I demand stronger pain killers? I am already starting to self medicate since my first doctors would never send me to pain management. It is the only way I can tolerate it. The pain is so bad it takes two 8 mg Suboxone at a time to make it tolerable.