Hi everyone. I know it sounds a bit wrong to say, but I'm glad that I have found that there are other people who understand what its like to have chronic pain. I think it is incredible that there are so many people who face the day all of the time with it.
For me, I am in a bit of a tight situation.. I was in the military for 5 years where I studied part time and recently got out and graduated. I have no unemployment, live on my own and am very lucky to be able to go to the veteran's hospital(although they take.. absolutely forever. 2 months to see a doctor, 3 months physio, and 4 and a half to get my first MRI to get an idea). Also have tried seeing massage therapists and a chiropractor. I study Computer Science and recently was completing two degrees when all of a sudden I got this pain. Ironically, it was caused by a dance competition. But basically, I am now on my own with a lease in one of the most expensive cities in the country, and the doctors really aren't helping but I really need an income
I'm just wondering.. how do you all manage to live life efficiently with this pain? It's really hard for me to think clearly(let alone study/work... I've been on interviews and I can't even think straight on the technical tests) and I can't sit down much so it has been kind of a bit miserable as I also have really distracting pain in my back that also runs down my leg. The MRIs showed two very slightly bulging discs but the doctors felt it wouldn't have caused the issue, as well as an Xray. I know I'm really fortunate that I can even walk and all, and that there are some who have it really bad but I feel that I waste a lot of my day obsessing over it after so many months and its really taken a grip of my life. I'm just wondering if any of you have any coping methods to make the most of things. I certainly try not to be "that guy", you know.. back pain guy... although it has made me a bit socially withdrawn and agoraphobic... I barely get around to doing my laundry sometimes -_- In any case, thanks for hearing my rant. Hope you're all coping well with this.