At least part of my chronic pain will shortly be a thing of the past. Tuesday, December 3, 2013 I had surgery on my spine from L2-L5. Surgery is a trying experience and I am sure there are more challenges that I will have to face going through recovery. Many of my pain symptoms that are related to my lower back are gone. I have the normal surgical related pains. Hopefully with time and doing the right things, I will recover and get a large part of my life back. I still have neck issues and issues with my right shoulder. So I will still have chronic pain, just not the xx!@! that I have been going through in the past year as a result of my lower back problems.
So sometimes there can be light at the end of a chronic pain tunnel. My wish for everyone else that suffers much like me, that they can find the right medical help to get real solutions for their issues.
In one sense it is good that I am putting this one chapter behind me. My insurance just informed me that they are no longer covering the pain medications that I have been using in the past year. In all fairness to them, they did propose a different solution. I am glad to say that I don't have to care if the alternative would have worked. I think we should figure out as a chronic pain community a way to document changes to the medical care that we receive. Our documentation should be accurate, non-political, complete, as specific as legally possible so that we can put together a database to document our collective experiences. Let the data talk! I am sure there will be both good stories and bad stories. If people are getting treatment that previously folks were unable to get, that is a good thing and a large collection of data can tell that story much stronger than individual statement. Likewise, if there are those loosing care or aspects of their care, good data should be able to tell that story.
My thought that a forum structure is not the best format to collect that data. So I would suggest that people not start responding with that type of data. We need a way to collect the data and than analyze it. I can help with the analysis of the data, the collecting of data would be the hard part for me.