I am a 63 y/o male. Severely injured in car wreck in 1997. 10 herniated discs. C-3,4,5 inoperable with discs pushing on cord. Told would never walk again. Got past that and walk with cane. in 2010 diagnosed with some other chronic disease where everything in spine grew back together in wrong place causing scoliosis and neuropathy. 2011 diagnosed with MS, which may have had long ago, but doctors were looking at obvious.
Pain level with pain killers over last 15 years has been about a 7 for a normal. Pain killers increased when they quit their effectiveness after extended use. Did not know at the time, pain killers with my age brought my testosterone to almost 0. On androgel for that.
Tried Lryica for severe leg pain related to MS. So severe that I can go to a 12 pain level and be in the ER.
VA won't pay for Lyrica which I was at 600 mgs a day.
Now MS doctor has me on 3,000 mg of Gabupentin which sometimes relieves leg and spine pain. Side effects-sleepy and legs won't hold me up at times.
Physical therapy hurts me.
Yes, been through the L-5 S1 pain with severe sciatica. Chiro relieved that years ago.
I have been reading a lot about what many go through with pain and depression and did not realize my conditions cause deep depression. I find myself in deep depression that has lasted for 18 years!
I am concerned about this depression,. My depression does not cause me to want to hurt anyone or myself. Because of my limitations and the attempt to do simple things like walking and find I can't, or doing what others would consider mundane routine chores, I simply can't. I find I don't sleep well with these issues and if it wasn't for the side effect of Gabenpentin, I probably would get not sleep at all.
What kind of doctor do I go to for this?
I have VA health care. My primary doctor quit the clinic and I have no primary to refer me at this time, but hopefully they will get a full time primary shortly. The VA is very frustrating, months between appointments. 3 months for a cancer follow up. 3 months between MS doctor's appointments.