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while doing a bit more research for a possible modality to help me with a very specific pain area, came on this site & thought I'd join.
I have a long x hx of spinal injuries dating back to 1971 when I fell from a horse & had multiple x 3 spinal fusions at 3 levels. I'm 67 now with my last flare up lasting from 1995 until now.
now have DDD with severe stenosis at most all levels.
had morphine pump for 9 yrs from 2001 until 2010. removed & had laser rhizotomys to worse space above fusion mass.
after that went on quest in Dec 2011 to get opiate and benzodiazepine free.
I have succeeded @ both but am still experiencing protracted benzo symptoms which could last a long time.
I am by no means pain or symptom free but only use either acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief.
I stretch and exercise a lot & can spend all the time I have left in my life to taking caring for myself.
have no family or friend. still live in my own house with some pets. wanted some contact with other long time people.
I'm doing everything recommended for all the syndromes I have been told I had and was ultimately told there was nothing else that could be done. that's when I had the rhizotomys.
I like being drug free, but am not functional like I think I still might be.
I will post a signature later. it may take a bit of time.
be well all