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julie47jjulie47 Posts: 104
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:00 AM in Depression and Coping
I have been unemployed just over 3 years now. Between that and my back problems, it seems to get harder and harder to carry on with life.

I am depressed and I long for the days when my back and body were "normal". Not sure what that even means anymore. I am restricted to lifting a maximum of 8-10 pounds. All my exercise has to be done in the pool, just like I am a damn fish or something.

Please forgive me for venting. Sometimes it helps.


1978: Harrington rod surgery for scoliois T5-L1
2005: Micro discectomy L4-L5
2009: Fusion surgery for grade 1 spondy: L4-S1

ongoing concerns with sciatica and bi-lateral hip bursitis


  • I am same boat as you so vent away all you want.

  • Julie / Jim,

    I think we all feel the same way. That is one great thing about this website. You can vent all you want. We ALL have been there or are there. I equate my Pain Game from a Spring Shower Day to a Tsunami Day. In between, my boat rocks in so many different directions that I don't know if I am in the boat riding the waves or a floundering fish in the waves trying to get of the way of the boat. When the good days come, I relish every second. After 6 years of rowing this boat with one oar, I try to take it one day at a time. Fortunately my pain mgmt dr and I have found a med combo (after about 9 months) that gives me relief to the point that I can function somewhat at a normal level. Still have to stop and think about what I am doing and going to do. I don't always do that and DO I pay for it. I am so grateful to have this site to come to and talk, vent, and even research things. Others comments have helped. Stay strong and scream if you need to. We'd like to hear about the good things too.

    Rassy's Story
    Under House Arrest Without the Ankle Bracelet :-)
    The remarks I make are strictly my own based on my personal experiences.
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