My name is Zac,
I'll give you some basic info about me and my journey through hell the last 6 years.
I'm 29 years old, married, have 2 children.
When I was 23, i was introduced to anabolic steroids. I used them heavily for many years. One day while deadlifting at gym (400lbs), I hurt my back...and this is where it started.
I was in intense pain for many months, saw primary doc....was given vicodin and muscle relaxers....nothing changed. Saw a chiro, no luck. Saw a neuro, found out I have herniated disc l3/4, l4/5. But because of age....no surgery. Did PT, oral steroids, ESI's, SIJ injections, etc.... no luck
He declared me MMI( nothing else he could do, permanent partial disability).
Went 2 years through this hell with no meds, finally got bad enough was referred to pain clinic in 2010. Had more ESI's, given tramadol, etc....
I was told i have DDD as well as arthritis starting and the pain doc told me that I would probably be on morphine.....yes, morphine...
Still no luck....
Oct 2011, bilateral leg pain started. Had MRI, still same as previous (2008).
The last 15 months have been HELL...Worst pain imaginable.
Ive been tested for auto immune diseases, mineral def, lyme disease, etc...
Still no luck...
Primary wont give me anything for pain, instead shipped back to pain clinic.
Had 3 MRI's 2 weeks ago (brain, thoracic, cervical)
I have a bulging disc at c4 I believe with moderate forminal encroachment, and a hemangioma at t7.
Well pain doc says not causing pain, given tramadol yet again.
Tramadol doesnt even touch this pain...its like bilateral sciatica, its there 24/7 and so bad i can barely walk (on good days).
*forgot to mention oct 2012 had ESI at l4/5, that night rushed to emergency room because i was paralyzed.
found out my potassium was EXTREMELY low. was rushed into ICU and given dilaudid and morphine.....this is the ONLY time i have had any relief!!!!!!!!!!
Anyways, have seen kidney docs, blah blah blah...nothing.
back to pain clinic doc...pretty much told me last week that he is going to diagnose me with fibro because there is no other answers..
I complain that i am 10/10 with pain and i need something before i freaking flip out. Well, gave me tramadol yet again.. Even though he told me 2 years ago he would give me morphine.
By the way, I am in grain construction.. I frequently climb 100+ ft, lift over 100lbs, 12 hr days, etc...
Anyways, had more blood test. testosterone came back 251...(scale 250-1100). Was told this was normal. Ya, normal for an 80 year old man!
Anyways, sorry for the incomplete sentences, typing this in a hurry.
So, here's a review.
l3/4 herniated disc
l4/5 herniated disc
c4 bulging disc
EXTREME bilateral leg pain as well as low back pain
extreme neck pain
right shoulder pain
bilateral heel pain
weakness all over
and the list goes on.
Also, Ive had over 30 broken bones in my life (most as a kid), major left shoulder surgery, and this pain Im in is worse than anything else!!!
Welcome to hell!!!!!