I have been down a long tough road with back pain. I have opted to avoid surgical approaches as I dont really feel I have anything that would improve by having surgery.
I am currently seeing a pain management specialist. It is my 2nd of try with pain management, having previously seen one that ONLY uses injections and rhzotomies. I did have some relief in my cervical spine with the first doc but as his approach was rather limiting and his attitude less than desirable.
Yesterday I had my 7th set of injections at L5-S1 and in my sacro-iliac joints. Today I am not feeling so good. I think 7 sets may be a bit excessive and most of them were 3 weeks apart but that was to keep me functional while they fought with my insurance company for approval.
on 10/10 I will be having RF at L5-S1 for facet joint arthritis. The plan for my sacroiliac joints will be alcohol injections to have pretty much the same effect as the RF. In the twenty years I have been in pain, nobody even acknowledged my SI joint problems, it was all what they could see on an MRI and CT scans. I do have some bulging discs but pretty much have DJD and DDD. Athritis meds are not an option for my stomach anymore, having used them for years. Now my stomach just doesn't tolerate them. Although I am not physically alone, I feel alone most of the time and very sad, to have to live in this relentless pain. I do take a narcotic pain med, that helps a bit. I have exercises from PT that I try to do religiously and go to the gym a few times a week to exercise in the pool and ride the stationery bike.
Iam from New England, we had a terrible winter and a terrible summner. It is beginning to get dark, gloomy, and cold. That is pretty much the way I feel right now.
Iwork full time in a management position so I am fortunate that I can flex my time. Ijust do not understand why I feel so bad so much of the time. I know people that have worse things than me, they seem to carry on much better than me. I feel as if I go to a doctor's appt why too often. All I want to do right now is go home and go to bed.