Hi! My name is Kaylee, I'm 28 years old and I have been suffering from chronic back pain for at least half my life. I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back and degenerative disc disease. These problems cause severe pain in both my legs. Every day is a challenge. I can't look back and say that they were caused by any specific injury. I just remember my back bothering me in junior high and highschool, but not really bad like it is now. It started to get worse in my late teens to early 20's and became severe after I gave birth to my son at the age of 23.
I have tried physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, NSAIDS, narcotics, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and IDET with little to no results. I am currently on duragesic patches and percocet to manage the pain as much as possible but obviously I don't want to take medications the rest of my life. My doctors are now talking surgery for me because we've exhausted pretty much every other option and I'm still in severe pain almost all of the time. I'm doing research and looking at what other people's experiences have been with problems similar to the ones I've had and their experiences with surgery. I really want to live a life where I can be active and play with my son while he's still young. I would also like to have more children, which is really not an option right now. I work part time as a hostess at a restaurant and I also sell on Ebay. I have found that I can't do a job where I have to sit for long periods of time. With my hostess job I do stand most of the shift, but I can take a few rest breaks and the hours are not long ones so it suits me pretty well. When I'm not working I find it hard to do much else, I'm so tired and sore. My fiance hired someone to help me with housework a few hours a week which I feel so grateful for but I'd like to be able to do it myself, you know? Funny, I never thought I'd be wishing to do housework, but I think it's just one of those things that would make me feel normal and healthy.
This looks like a great forum with a lot of friendly people with some great advice and life experiences to offer. I'm looking forward to hearing what people have to say!