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Pain and anxiety ruining my life

edited 10/26/2015 - 8:52 AM in Pain Management
Hi, my name is Bryan. I am 26 years old . I have been living with chronic pain in my neck and back for about 7 years now. I was 18 years old when i was injured while working at a car dealership. I was a mechanic at the time of the accident. I was repairing a fuel filter on a van when the fuel tank straps broke and the fuel tank (19 gallons plus weight of tank) fell on my neck/ shoulder area. When the tank fell, it sruck me in a way that made my entire body arch backwards and tightened up. I heard a popping in my back when it happened. I did not fall, I tried to balance it and others quickly ran up to help me. I have had Xrays, MRIs, which showed I have a protrusion on one disc, a disc bulge on another disc and a ruptured disc. One doctor said that i have Ankylosing spondylitis and mild arthritis of my spine. The pain has gotten bad enough, I had to stop working
(July 17th was my last day worked) and the pain is getting worse. I have taken medicine for the pain and anxiety for about (5) years now leading up till now. I am also fighting in court with Workers Compensation have been for (3) years now. My workers compensation attorney wants me to sign disability papers. I dont know what to do and honestly im scared. I take (8) 5/325 percocet per day as prescribed , and the pain is still there it just makes it so I can go to the store, or do laundry , etc. I have had anxiety issues since i was a kid and it runs in my family also. I see my doctor soon and im scared to ask him for anything more then what he has given me. I am in pain every single day of my life and usually my pain sits at a (3-4) when im doing nothing at all. My pain goes to a (8-9) every single day due to : going up stairs, bending over, lifting, getting in and out of my vehicle, standing back up from using toilet, etc. Please help me if you have any advice i would appreciate it. Thank You!

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  • Hi, I'm really sorry that you are going through this at your age! I'm 36 and feel too young!
    Just wanted to ask..are you a candidate for surgery? Is it something you've considered?
    Maybe the disability would be beneficial for you, at least for the near future.
    Keep us updated:)
    Kirsti x
  • Hi Bryan, I feel really bad about what your going through. I get pain medication too. A lot of days I feel like it's not enough. When I was your age I was very close to getting out of racing dirt bikes and getting into racing a car. I just never really thought about long term injuries way back then and feel very fortunate about my life. I still do even though I do suffer from chronic pain now. I also just got diagnosed with cirrhosis a few days ago. I've known for quite some time now I probably had it, but I kept telling myself it will go away. I've been told several times my liver enzymes are high, but never flat out cirrhosis like I was a few days ago. I also have a pretty severe case of hernia in which I'm going to talk to the surgeon General next month about. I damaged my body up pretty good when I was younger racing motocross and I think a lot of it is beginning to catch up to me now amount other things. I'm 50 now and have two kids 12 and 9. I decided 2 days ago to not procrastinate on anything anymore. Now I always tell myself that no matter what there is someone out there that suffers more then me, but some days I'm like "well what about me? This is my life!" " why do I have to suffer?!?" I'm way past the 3 ten mg oxycodone and one 15 mg morphine only on the days that I work, but they work because I sure know when they wear off! We each are a individual and in no way am I qualified to tell anyone about their pain level. Crap!!! I can't even honestly tell anyone about my own pain level most of the time. I don't feel the medication I'm taking anymore, but like I said I know when it's wearing off, but I'm not going to my doctor and asking for more until I think I know it's time and then they will have the final say so over it. I'm grateful for what I get and then someone could possibly say "well I wish I got what you got". Like I said I feel really bad with what your going through and your half my age. I never really gave people's age much consideration until this year and I started researching things and reading what people were saying on forum boards. A 8 or 9 on a pain scale that's pretty steep. I had gout 6-7 weeks ago or so and I seriously felt like that was around a 8 to 10. I went to work too and that whole thing was just a bad ordeal. The only thing that I'm greatful for is that was just for a few days and I don't have to go through that everyday. I mean I really don't know what I'm trying to say except if I had to go through that everyday for a long period of time then I just don't know what I'd do. Dude that was just bad, I mean real bad. I can't believe I went to work. I ran straight to the doctor and said I got to have something to get my uric acid levels down. I never want to go through that again. That was even with taking my pain medication. I have a high tolerance for pain too. I guess maybe a lot of it had to do with perhaps ut being a different type of pain I don't know. What I do know is I try my very best to be greatful for everything I have in life. No that doesn't make the pain any better a lot of days, but somehow it seems to help :)
    Rick Anderson. I live in middle Tennessee. I'm a former pro motocrosser, raced a car on dirt tracks for 5 years, played tennis in high school, now raising 2 kids and enjoying life to the best of my ability :)
  • Bryan I just noticed you said you've been taking pain medication for 5 years now. I mean it's probably time I guess for you to probably have more, but hey!?! I'm not a doctor or licensed to give advice or anything, just possibly only a person to listen or maybe tell you about my experiences. I'm only saying this now to let you know someone out there listened to you and what your going through. Your not alone. I wish you the best and maybe we'll talk again :)
    Rick Anderson. I live in middle Tennessee. I'm a former pro motocrosser, raced a car on dirt tracks for 5 years, played tennis in high school, now raising 2 kids and enjoying life to the best of my ability :)
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