Please allow me to introduce myself; I am a 50 year old male. I have been reading posts for many years on a very frequent basis. Up until now I have not made any posts as I did not feel that I had anything of note to add but I have found great solace reading about other's like myself that are living with chronic pain. At age 12 Dr's identified that I had scoliosis and should plan to make my living with my brain and not my back.
The highlights of my last MRI state;
Severe Scoliosis and Spondylosis with concentric bulging at L2-L3,L3-L4,L4-L5,L4-S1 with extrinsic pressure on the thecal sac and encroachment on the intervertebral formina bilaterally and foraminal stenosis. The main problem I have had was pain shooting into both legs.
About five years ago my back problems became more than a nuisance that somewhat limited my activity to requiring that I be treated by a pain management doctor. I have gotten some relief from caudal injections for the past four years. The injections, 12.5Mcg fentanyl patch and swimming have enabled me to be maintain up until about a year ago.
My pain increased and started to define my every activity. I was constantly tired and lacked the zest for life that I had always pursued. My muscles and joints hurt all over my body not just limited to my lower back and radiating pain into my legs. Dr’s tested for MS, Lupus and many others with no answer to why I felt horrible. I really did know what I was going to do I felt that bad. I am certain that many of reading this can relate to how I felt.
Finally, after specifically asking my GP to test for low testosterone they identified that my levels were extremely low at less than 100ng/dL. Almost immediately after starting on Androgel I starting feeling better. Literally after the third day my joints and muscle aches started to go away. Now after a month of treatment my energy levels and outlook of life have improved dramatically.
Only after the fact did I realize that it is very common for men on pain medications to have low testosterone.
Thanks to all that have been out there on this board to make me feel better and help accept that I am not alone