I'm a new member here. I came upon this forum through an online search for online support for chronic pain sufferers. I have had chronic, progressively debilitating pain for the last 9 years and have just recently been given multiple diagnoses involving my spine. I have degenerative disc disease, disc herniations and bulges and root nerve involvement throughout my spine.
Surgery is not an option for me, so said the last neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon I saw, as the damage/issues are too widespread. They said they would have no way of knowing which area to work on to eliminate my pain. Also, spinal fusions and surgeries, I've discovered, don't often work the way they are supposed to and sufferers end up in worse shape than where they started. That said, it's not an option for me anyway.
I am currently working full time but I'm barely hanging on. I'm on layoff notice and am scrambling to find another job with this company before May when my notice is up. I'm having a hard time dealing with the stress of job hunting along with the pain which is only made tolerable by medications, never finding full relief.
I have a nine year old autistic son and a wonderful husband who is my sole support in life. We have no family (foster kids) and no help other than each other.
Thanks for reading my little intro! I'm glad to be here and hope this little community can become a place I feel safe and can share.