I am new to this group, although I've been lurking for a while.
My orthopedist has recommended spinal fusion for severe lumbar spinal stenosis. I've decided against it, for several reasons. I also cannot take pain killers because I started abusing them. And I cannot take NSAIDs because of another medication I'm taking for a different condition. So I've returned to physical therapy.
I'm feeling down because I realize now that I will likely never be pain-free. When I started this "journey," becoming pain-free was my goal. I'm in the process of modifying my lifestyle to help reduce pain, which means giving up some things that I've always enjoyed (long walks, going to the movies, gardening, etc). I hope I don't sound like I'm whining, because I'm well aware that things could be much, much worse.
I'd like to hear others' experiences of adjusting to chronic pain, and I'm also like to hear about what works and what doesn't work. I'm also wondering if getting occupational therapy would help.
Thanks for listening!