My name is Rocky. I am 51yo married woman. I am as active as I can be. I enjoy kayaking, camping, internet browsing/shopping and spending time with my friends. I used to be very active in Girl Scouts, 16 years, Boy Scouts/Venture crew, ran a concession stand for many years. My kids were always very active so my family and I always kept real busy.
I am very fortunate to be married to a man who supports me 100% and always has. My two kids have always been a great help to me also. I consider myself very, very fortunate to have God firs in my life, family and friends who all get me through some pretty tough days.
I have had chronic low back pain since my first pregnancy back in 1990. Giving birth to my daughter caused a couple of herniated discs, fractured tailbone and sacral pain. I have had just about every injection there is, several procedures and five years a go, spinal fusion. My condition has deteriorated to the point where I began disability through SSI since last October.
I have had to give up many of the activities that I once enjoyed. I try to keep active, I keep my weight under control and my Christian faith helps me to count my blessings and be thankful for everything in my life.Things could be a whole lot worse, right?
I started taking narcotics in the year 2000. I have tried everything at least once. Pain meds, in spite of my small 145 pound body, don't work well for me. My current status is that I have Degenerative Disc Disease, including dehydrated discs, shrunken discs, bone spurs, arthritis and scar tissue.
I recently took a genetic test to find out if the reason medications don't work for me is due to a high metabolism. Maybe my meds run their course too quickly. Also, a new diagnosis called Hyperalgesia Syndrome. Still doing research on this but it can be caused by being on opioids too long or be connected to this high metabolism thing.
Has anyone here ever had these kinds of issues?