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Feeling hopeless

katharyn17kkatharyn17 Posts: 1
edited 08/15/2015 - 10:01 PM in New Member Introductions
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.


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  • HI Katharyn

    Gosh, yes, too young to have all those problems. The first time I collapsed from my back "going out" was when I was thirty. At least back then (I am 58 now) I always got better after a few miserable weeks.
    Although acupuncture did not help me, I do know that some people get relief with it. You have so much going on, that maybe it won't help everything, but maybe it can reduce some of your pain. If you do this, make sure you find a reputable practitioner. And, it may take 5-6 treatments before you know if you are benefiting. I just know that although not everyone is helped, the practice would not exist for as many years as it has if it provided no help to anyone. If it helps you, perhaps you can get off of some of the medications, (none has helped me and they all produce nasty side effects on me anyway). I wish you much improvement!
  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/16/2015 - 8:42 AM
    and I was 18 with first "hint" of lower back issues. I did everything in my life including chiro work, osteopath treatments, acupuncture but made it thru my life and I'm now 77.
    I remember when I was pregnant over 50 yrs ago, my back felt good. Then it felt good on a pharma anti inflammatory drug in the 80's and I ended up in the ER with a stomach ulcer. So it's been a long road, but one can manage on our own with help from other health workers. I'm dealing with a "sloppy" hip replacement five years ago, so I hobble thru my life now with a surgery. I ended up with sciatic nerve damage from hysterectomy in the 80's....so I've worked with that issue for over 30 yrs.

    I have MRI's that read like road map puzzles but do the best I can.... Hope you can find your way.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
  • Caroline
    I was taking a prescription NSAID a few years ago and it gave me a tiny bit of relief. But like all the other NSAIDs, whenever I took them on a regular basis I got frequent stomach cramps. One night, I started vomiting and was screaming from the severe stomach pains. My husband took me to the ER and they gave me an IV to calm things down. When I got home, I looked up side effects of the NSAID I had been taking, and learned that I was not the only one with such a severe reaction. Those acute stomach pains were awful. I take life one day at a time...just wish I could go outside and walk on one of our lovely new trails....cannot make it more than 5 minutes before I start doubling over in pain using my walking poles. Leisure walks are a thing of the past for me.
  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/16/2015 - 9:10 AM
    then it all went downhill....Now I'm lucky to walk where I have to. The body goes thru a MAJOR re-alignment with the parts taken out and the plastic/metal parts put in. I never imagined I'd be where I am today after the hip replacement.

    I've been taking DGL for stomach protection for several years now. I wouldn't be without it...so far so good as I do take ibuprofen daily and a herbal pain med Pain RX. Never out of pain, but manageable. Acceptance is where I am.


    Before you try any supplement, herb, over the counter item, exercise program, mechanical aid, brace, etc always consult with your doctor to make sure you get their approval.
    Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..

    Liz - Spine-health moderator
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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