Hi. This is my first time posting tto any forum. But I'm feeling hopeless and depressed and could use some advice or just a pick me up. A little about me. I just turned 33. For 6 yrs I have been dealing with lumbar spondylosis. Bulging discs, sciatica, etc. Last year I was also told I had cervical spondylosis. Bone spurs, etc. I have degenerative disc disease in both areas. We recently moved (my husband is in the Army) and my new PCM just also diagnosed me with scoliosis. I have horrible headaches/migraines that stem from my neck problems. I also have ac joint arthritis in my right shoulder.
I sometimes feel that I am at the end of my rope. So much pain, in so many different places. I have heard so many physicians tell me that I'm too young to have all these problems. Some even insinuate that I'm making it up to get meds. I tell them the proof is I my xrays and mris. Not only do I have professionals doubting me, I have the constant pain beating me down. I have a two yr old and hopes for more....but how can I continue like this?
I have been seeing pain management for about 2 yrs and have recently seen my new one (bc of the move) for the first time. I am currently on Percocet (it was 10mg 3 times a day. My new Dr wants to change to 5 mg 2 times a day, which frankly scares me). I'm also taking flexeril, low dose gapapentin, celebrex, fioricet for headaches, and ambien. I'm extremely sensitive to gabapentin. 100 mg is all I can handle without becoming very loopy. Celebrex causes insomnia, which interferes even with ambien.
I've had many injections, which for the most part haven't worked. And I'm not convinced that the shoulder pain comes from the shoulder, even tho I do have arthritis. It seems to come and go along with the neck and headache pain. I've had nerve burns also which have seemed to do nothing much make it worse. Physical therapy makes me hurt worse. And I just keep being told that I'm too young for surgery.
Does anyone have any suggestions or encouragement? With procedures that don't necessarily work, and a new Dr lowering the pain meds that do help, I'm feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and incredibly depressed with the state my physical life is in. Any help or suggestions or even encouragement would be helpful. Thank you.