Hello. I have been coming to the Spine-health site for a few years now, but decided to finally jump on to the forum as I am hoping for a little advice. Sorry for the long post, but if you could just skim and give me some feedback I would appreciate it.
I am 43 and have had back problems off and on for about 16 years. About 3 1/2 years ago it became a much bigger issue with chronic pain since then. I have 2 herniated discs, stenosis and arthritis in the lumbar spine. Degenerative disc disease, a problem in my neck and severe pain in my thoracic back. I was looking everywhere for my last MRI results so I could be a little more technical for those of you who understand al that stuff, but I can only find the disc and not the written report. Anyway, all I really need to know is that I hurt. I have had 4 epidural injections and a facet block, none of which offered any relief. I'm not on a horrible high dose of pain meds, but have been on them long enough that I no longer working with 100% of my brain. I have a hard time focusing and staying on task and my memory is just awful. My newest symptom is a cold left foot and small electric shocks I can feel all over when my back is really bothering me. I have had a nerve test, a circulation test (which lead to a angiogram) all of which showed nothing, except a mild case of cubital tunnel syndrome.
I have also had several bowel problems that have landed me in the hospital 4 times in just over a year, plus several ER visits and GI specialists. So now with all of these medical bills piling up, even though we moved 3 years ago and downsized considerably both in house size and mortgage size/payments, I am faced with needing to go back to work. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the better part of the last 13 years, although I've never been one to just lay/sit around. I am finding it increasingly difficult to do many things, cook, wash dishes, garden or work at the computer for any length of time. I have been working for the past 2 months, full-time at first (not a good idea) and now part-time. I have applied for another position as a veterinary technician and they have offered me the position, but I am very scared of trying it. I would be standing most of the day and although I was able to try it out with a work-day interview yesterday (worked for about 7 hours on my feet for most of the time) and I made it through, I'm just unsure of whether this would be a good idea for me to pursue.
I was hoping to get a little feedback from others that may have been in my position. I've heard what my family has to say and though constructive, hasn't really helped in my decision making. I have a week to give them my answer.
Thank you for any comments you have.