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Is this chronic pain making me lose my mind? Anxiety/Depression

I feel like I'm losing my mind here. I've been in chronic pain from a herniated L4-L5 disc for 10 months. My family lives in Dallas and I live in Chicago, I don't have their support at this moment. My amazing boyfriend of six years has traveled 21 weeks out of this year and isn't here at this time when I just found out I'm having back surgery. Luckily he is coming home in two and a half weeks, but at this point my support system is very minimal. I have panic attacks a lot and I cry every single day. I'm only 21. I shouldn't feel like an 80 year old. This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I'm getting a foraminotomy on January 6, 2014. I would love some encouragement. I would love to be told I am not alone in these feelings and that I'm not totally crazy.


  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 11/28/2013 - 9:41 AM
    Most people go through a time they think they are totally crazy. At least you have a diagnosis and hopefully they will be able to help you. I wasn't diagnosed properly for 8 years, and spine pain is different because we look the same as everyone else. It is impossible to understand until it happens to you. I have put a link for you to read. It is interesting reading and well worth it if you have spinal problems. Chronic pain is incredibly wearing both physically and mentally and spine pain is agony, it is your central nervous system. The link is below.

  • Very overwhelmed with all this. There is lots of support here. There are meds for panic/anxiety.
  • ShellyBellySShellyBelly Posts: 5
    edited 12/21/2013 - 1:41 PM
    I'm here if you need to just vent or simply have someone to talk to when you're feeling down. You are more than welcome to PM me here any time. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hopefully 2014 will be a year filled with infinite possibilities and good health to everyone here. In the short time I've been a member here, I've found that there are so many people who care and are willing to share their stories with us all. Just scroll through the posts here and you'll see what I mean.

    Take care and maybe give your doc a call regarding your anxiety. Depression, stress, and anxiety can exacerbate your pain and will only make it worse. You're in my good thoughts and prayers. Just hang tight. Things will get better. ((((HUGS))))
    Low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, neck pain & swelling, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, osteoarthritis, painful periods, ovarian cysts, bipolar disorder & MDD, anxiety, insomnia, asthma, & hbp.

    ~ Shell ~
  • I feel so overwhelmed with how my life (and my family's) life has gradually changed. I just got done a crying and poor me spell and then I read this post. It's such a lonely feeling and even though people try to understand they just can't. I wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy.
    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
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