Pain is driving Miss Nelly. I have had issues with my back since my 20s. I am now in my 60s and feel like I'm coming undone with the constant pain. From the time of and because of my original diagnosis of osteoporosis, I became a gym rat. It worked for me and the pain subsided for most of my years but it was never gone completely. Obviously (maybe) arthritis is at the bottom of all of my joint issues. It is my legacy from my mom who died at age 71 after she stepped off a curb, broke her hip (didn't fall, just stepped), was admitted for surgery and never awoke from the anesthesia. Now my pain is constant. Some days are better than others but it is taking its toll on every part of my life from my marriage and my interactions with my children to my job where I deal with "at risk" teenagers. I came here because I know no one wants to hear about my pain. In my father's diaries he complained bitterly about having to be a "nursemaid" to my mother. he bought a van so she could lie down in the back while he dragged her all over the country. She would go because she didn't want to hold him back from his retirement "adventures'. I have been in great shape until now. it is the unrelenting pain that frightens me and that is why I am here.