Hello, my names john and I'm new here. I've been diagnosed with chronic pain since 15 and I'm going on 26 now. To give you a time line, when I was 15 I started chiropractic care and was diagnosed DDD. At this point the chiropractic care helped a bit and held my pain off until about 22. pain started getting unbearable so I begged my doctors to check closer. At this point I did an MRI and was diagnosed with lumbar arthritis. my GP gave me norcos/soma and told me to stay on them until I could secure good health insurance. At 24 I landed a pretty high up career in a corporate setting with decent insurance. So at that point I was visiting my doctor, of 24 years, more regularly to find a solution. They kept moving me between doctors in the same office and I wasn't getting a good personalized attention. The 4th doctor I saw was mad at the meds I was taking and didn't believe I was in the pain im in. she cut my meds 25% and forced me to go to PT, which did not help. My PT ended up saying they couldn't help me out and suggested i see an orthopedic specialist. Now at 25 I saw this specialist and with careful speculation of my mri, I'm now diagnosed with spinal stenosis in the L5, and a "Rubberbanded" muscle behind my left shoulder. At this point I tried steriod injections with barely any success, keep in mind all 6 doctors ive seen now say "I'm to young and shouldn't be in this much pain" basically not believing me. Now I'm stuck in a situation where I have 25% less meds, doctors not taking me seriously and helping me out, this is affecting my marriage, effecting my ability to interact with my 15 month old child, I had to give up golf, making me perform worse at work, and I'm starting to slip into a depression. This week I got accepted into a new family doctor who has-been helping a good buddy in pain with finding the correct meds for him.
So the point of this, can anybody relate to my issues here? Any advice you could give me? I just need some sort of support from people who actually live in chronic pain, as all my surrounding family and friends don't understand. I just don't know what to do anymore. It breaks my heart I can barely play with my kid and it's hurting my relationship with the love of my life. I just wish I could find a passionate enough doctor thats willing to experiment with different meds with me so I can get some part of my life back and nor pushing me off because of my age.
spinal stenosis in L5
"Rubberbanded" muscle under left shoulder
chronic pain since 15