This is my first post. I am a big hot mess and am having a hard time with it so any advice n how to cope would be wonderful. My pain started in 1994 with a car accident. It was just some sciatic flare ups and neck annoyances for years. It got bad fast in late 2001 and became constant in 2002. I started having injections but it was not enough and I ended up having a laminectomy and fusion in my lower back in 12/2003. That sucked! Surgery helped but since then it has just gone down hill. The surgeon who did my surgery started me on meds and in 2004 I started at a pain clinic. The pain is constant from my neck down (I have disks messed up in my neck too messing with my arms and hands). I also have some osteoarthritis and rheumatoid everywhere (it is funny but the RA makes my elbows hurt the most!). And to top it off my ANA count was really high so they are watching me for lupus. I also have some fibromyalgia. I am on A LOT of meds: 3 pain, 3 arthritis, 4 anxiety and depression. I have run the gamut with all the shots in my neck and back but they are not working anymore so I am considering the procedure where they “burn the nerves”- not sure what is called. I would love some feedback from people who have done it – is it worth it? – how long does it last? Etc.
I am soooo sick of living like this!!!! Before pain I was very active and a gym rat (16% body fat!!) I was always an on the go constantly now I am a couch surfer which is exactly what I NEVER wanted to be. I am only 42 and cannot imagine living like this much longer. I want to be happy again but I don’t know how to anymore or if it is possible. How do you deal with this?