I am a 41 year old male with numerous complaints. Most recent is the neural foraminal stenosis along with significant beaking on the back of the neck as well. Found out about this after a car accident in December of 2012. The accident aggravated the condition and the pain has not subsided. Oddly enough if it were not for the accident I would not known about this condition. 40mg. of oxycontin a day along with 40mg. of oxycodone. Basically there is no other treatment outside of surgery which I am putting off as long as possible. My wife is due to give birth in June to our first child. So, I need to be available to help out. The neck problem is related to c5-6 discectomy with fusion I had in 2001. That surgery was from using my head as a weapon when I played football. I've also had two surgeries on my lumbar spine. The second surgery kept me out of a wheelchair.
So, I am basically just trying to keep it together. It's tough mentally. Sleep is a rare commodity these days. Anyone with the problem please share. It's good to just know you're not alone.
Also, how do you put a price tag on pain and suffering? Insurance wants to settle from the accident and I can't do it. I just can't seem to put a dollar value on what I am going through right now.
Thanks for listening to the complaints.