Hi- I'm 52 and have had chronic lower back pain for 14 years from 3 highly damaged discs (L3/4, L4/5 and L5S1) from a horse riding accident from when I was 16.
I am on Tridural, Tramadol, Cymbalta, Meloxicam, Esopremazole, and a sleeping pill and will start Gabapentin tomorrow. My family doctor who screens patients for back surgeons, and my pain doctor both think that I am will not be considered a candidate for surgery because multiple discs are involved and because of my age. I am finally seeing a surgeon in a week - have been waiting for 3 years to see him - because when I was first listed they didn't think I was a candidate - but my family doctor has been advocating for me.
My pain keeps getting more complex and worse, more crippling and limiting as the years go by. I've had all sorts of injections, and a recent MRI and discogram. Right now I am waiting for an epidural put into L4.5 to kick in - I had it a week ago and have been sick, sick sick in pain ever since with a new numbness at the base of my spine. I am due to go in in two weeks for two further nerve root blocks on either side of L4/5.
I am feeling so discouraged and down. Its so hard for people (friends, family, neighbors) to understand how wearing and exhausting it is to continuously be fighting to be positive and keep moving forward. Every step hurts, every moment hurts, and I feel so alone.
I used to be so strong and felt so alive.