I am new to this forum and want to know if others are experiencing the same horrific pain I am. I'm 100% sure I am NOT alone.
I have lumbar spinal stenosis and turning my head creates very sharp, electric (quick) pain as does opening my mouth to put food in, or brushing my teeth, or putting my head back to put eye drops in, bending forward and turning my head slightly to the left or right...All these create such horrible pain I cry out loudly and then I cry....literally.
I am in pain 24/7 like most of you here, and it really wears you down. I am not on any pain meds (don't like drugs in general) even though I did try percocet and vicodan...didn't even touch this pain, so I am assuming there isn't much out there that would help, but I truly do not want to be on drugs and spaced out all the time.
I am seeing an Osteopath. Saw him just once and he gave me this exercise to do: I get on all 4's and arch my back with my butt poking out and head up, then head down and back rounded. I think this is a yoga move, but it HURTS me and he wants me to do it several times a day for 10 minutes. Are you kidding????? TEN MINUTES???? SO, I am not doing them because it creates more pain and I don't believe in the "No pain, No gain" theory.
I don't want to overwhelm everyone with all my stuff, so I am going to try to go to bed now and pray I can sleep, because with this degree of pain, it is just impossible.
I have been sitting way too long so when I do this and try to get up and walk, I am in tears. I do have this handy-dandy, very pretty cane which does help.
Thanks for listening and I will be checking back tomorrow~