Hello all, I came accross this site quite by accident but I'm so glad I did. I'm a 57 y/o male living in the northeast corner of Georgia practically on the South Carolina line. I have been dealing with chronic low back pain since the mid 70's and have run the gamut of therapies, treatments, medications, exercises and various doctors and practicianers. I drove a tractor trailer cross country for decades till I got to the point in 2004 where I couldn't climb up into cab any more. I have been on SSD since summer 2006. In 2004 I finally broke down and in desperation saw a medical doctor for my back pain. Long story short(er) I had a lamanectomy/fusion at L3,4,5 which turned out to be semi-sucessful. The result was I was no longer falling but the pain never got better and in fact has progressively worsened. In April 2006 after 2 yrs of dealing with a multitude of pain killers I had an intrathecal pump implanted that dispensed morphine sulphate and marcaine. This was just changed to fentanyl last week and unfortunately I've been flirting with withdrawal ever since. I'll be going back to the clinic later this afternoon to have the pump output increased.
I have battled the usual battles connected with chronic pain and long term narcotic use most notably depression. I have tried to find outlets for myself to keep both mind and body busy. I volunteer with the local humane society doing what ever I can given my physical limitations. I find that helping the helpless and giving of myself does more to relieve pain and depression than anything I can find in a doctors office. I look forward to contributing to this online community and hope to get to know as many of you all as possible.