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Hi to All,

I am new to the forum but not new to Chronic Pain. I started suffering from Lumbar spine pain after the birth of my 2nd child. two and a half years later I had an accident on ice and got a Tib/Fib fracture which put me down for a bout a year before I was able to really get around without much pain. I came away with permanent damage to the nerves in my calf, had a rod and screws put in the length of my knee to ankle. My lumbar issues started to get worse and worse after that point.

Fast forward 8 years and in April of 2013 I had to leave work due to disabling back pain stemming from multiple lumbar herniations and all the other good stuff that goes along with DDD.

About a month ago I finally got the Discogram my doctor needed to assess my spine for surgery and after seeing him last week to review, he let me know that since there are multiple herniated discs as well as tears and fissures in multiple discs, surgery is not an option for me.

I find myself crying a lot because I can't imagine that people really have to deal with this much pain and I cant believe that I just have to deal with it. The doctor said the good thing about the test is that it showed the pain was definitely physical and not in my mind. I was really happy to be able to clear that up for him (I knew it all along).

I have made an appointment with a physiatrist and am hoping he can help me. I know that I can't just keep taking increasing amounts of pain meds until I end up accidentally overdosing. I am now at the point that I can barely take care of myself and need a lot of assistance. What do people do? do we really just suffer?

PS I also have a thoracic herniation and hemangioma (which I guess is no big deal)


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