Hi All! Im new here and have been reading a little bit... Its nice and sad at the same time to know there are so many others who are experiencing pain like I am.
A little bit of history, Im 28 years old and got diagnosed with DDD about 3 years ago and it started in my lower back. I also have been diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis (neck, ribs, back). My back back MRI from 2013 would tell you I have DDD, 2 bulged discs, and spinal stenosis. I had a steroid injection in my lower back, it was heaven but only lasted 1 month.
Recently my neck has been bothering me, so much so it developed a huge lump/muscle spasm that was visible and painful to touch. My Dr told me this was its way of protecting itself. I have always been on Flexeril (muscle relaxer) for my back so we were surprised my muscles did this. I got an MRI and it showed cervical spondylosis, disc protrusion with contact on the spinal cord, multilevel narrowing and osteophytes everywhere. Needless to say, it hurts like a b^&*%.
I have been taking Celebrex, Flexeril, and Norco everyday but now I want to get pregnant and I know I cannot take these drugs.
What was the best way you accomplished a pain free/drug free life? My diet is good but not great, I dont drink or smoke.
Any tips would be much appreciated! I tried to go med free for 2 weeks and I was in so much pain I couldnt sleep, was miserable at work (couldnt sit long), and felt like my insides were on fire.
Thank you for listening!