My name is Matt, I'm 29 years old, be 30 in a month, have full custody of my little one who'll be 4 in November; its just me, him, and my back which never stops hurting.
I had a severe tear at the L3-4 level last year, and they did a 360° fusion there a year ago. Thanks to the major nerve damage and the compression on my spinal cord, my body decided to develop CRPS after the surgery, bilaterally, though the left side is far worse, all from the mid calf down.
To add to that, failed back syndrome, just recently confirmed with a new set of MRI's just last week, and now growth in a previously minor tear at the T12-L1 level, now pressing on nerve roots and my spinal cord, and making more things hurt.
Yup, I'm new to chronic pain, but no stranger to pain I guess, I've been in gut wrenching unrelenting pain that has never quit, for more than 18 months. Just hoping to find other people like me, who truly understand what it's like to wake up every day, and have to look into my little one's eyes and make his breakfast, while I'm waiting for that first pill of the day to finally kick in. Where what used to stand a man, is now just a groaning heap of ouch and titanium.