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First, I would like to say that I am so glad to no longer feel completely alone. I am a 26 year old mother of 2 and am so fed up with chronic pain limiting my life and robbing me of certain things. I should be able to keep up with my kids and play with them the way they want me to. I can barely pick them up and anytime I play with them, I pay for it with pain 10 times worse.
I recently was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease/disc bulge. My doctor said that from my MRI my spine looks like one of an 80 year old. Ever since I was in middle school, I've suffered from terrible knee pain but my parents always said it was just growing pains. No. As I got older it got worse and more difficult to bare but I was afraid to see a doctor too. Big mistake. I have been to multiple types of doctors and just keep being referred to somewhere else with no help for pain. My knees look great in the MRI and I was so frustrated. Finally, a new PCP ordered xrays and other scans for my back and was shocked at the results.
I have now been sent to physical therapy and have my first appointment at pain management this week. I was open minded and desperate for any kind of help or relief but physical therapy was a nightmare and I left there in tears and my pain since has escalated.
What makes me feel so alone is when I try to explain my knee pain, everyone seems clueless and doctors just throw their hands up and say they don't know. Whether I'm sitting, standing, laying down, etc, I am in severe pain. The cold is unbearable and causes my knees to feel as if they are being pulled apart from behind my knee caps. I wake up often at night in excruciating pain and limp a lot..especially in the mornings.
I have done tons of research online, tried supplements, home remedies, excercises, etc and the only slight relief I get is from heat and that is only for a few moments. My back pain was always there but dull and not as bad so I overlooked it possibly being the cause. I try to not let it control or define me and push myself to do most things I want to do. Especially for my kids but it has become so awful and depressing. All my hope is on this doctor I am seeing this week and I'm terrified that I may never get help. I welcome any advice that y'all may have.