Hi, I have cervical and spinal stenosis. I have not been operated on yet but I fear given my symptoms, it's merely a matter of time. I was given Tramadol for pain and they have me in PT. I get numb in legs and left arm. I have my own business which I cannot do much work; therefore, I pitch work to competitors. Pretty soon, all work will dry up. I am mentally devastated by the news and what future holds.
I have limited family. We all fought our lives and have resentments to one another. My one brother may help me but he can only do so much. Friends and girlfriend are already growing weary. I take Lexapro to deal with depression.
My question is, when and if I have to have surgery to recover functions due to compression and pain, I'm sure I will graduate to higher medicines such as I read here. If I get to this point, I don't know if I'll have the strength to take care of myself, to live on my own. I'm 51. I hope I can get Social Security if I become debilitated. If the pain gets bad on a daily basis, are there facilities where I can go live? Or do you have to live alone and take the pain and lonliness with no help?