Hi to all.
I am a 32 year old man who has been suffering for the past 5 years with spinal issues. I was injured in the military and was medically discharged for spinal injuries. I have previously been through physical therapy 5 day per week for 8 months. Had numerous MRI's. EMG's that show multiple herniations in lower spine (about 6 right now), severe nerve damage down right leg, tear in spinal cord which has led to drying up of spinal fluid, arthritis in lower spine too.
Nerve damage is now starting to affect my left leg. I can literally feel bits slip out of place in my lower back just from moving. I was told by several spinal surgeons (including [EDIT] in MO) that there is not much they can do for me beyond pain relief. Operations were ruled out but I am awaiting another appointment about maybe getting my spine fused or a rod inserted. Forgive my lack of medical knowledge. At first a spinal steroid injection was mentioned but that was ruled out after my MRI results came back. They had also stated that going in and removing most of the herniations could lead to far greater pain as it might not be successful. I have been advised by 3 surgeons to basically take pain medicine and try to cope.
After visiting the pain specialists, they placed me on lyrica for nerve damage, 30/500 Solpadol for breakthrough pain (UK version of oxycodone type medicine) and I wear the Fentanyl patch. Still nothing works at all with the pain. I had been on higher doses but it really affected my university grades. I am still currently at university and just can't risk losing out as I am due to graduate in 2017.
Like many here, the pain is constant. I can't sit at a desk for too long, I can't drive for more than 30 minutes at a time, it hurts even when laying in bed. I am just so worn out from it. I forget what it is to feel normal.
I am glad to have found this wonderful site and hope that I may find hope.