First I want to give a quick background.
It started close to 10 years ago. I had a quick onset of pain; it didn't take long to develop.
In a nutshell, I had and have L4-L5 lateral (something or another med term) stenosis but
they seemed unsure for a few years.
First I had to convince the VA clinic that I really needed Vicodin to cope with my work.
They resisted and I persisted. After getting to 5-6 Vicodin a day and still having a bad time
with sleeping I convinced the VA primary care to try something new since Vicodin is a bad
long term medication imho. They gave me morphine sulphate and now I could sleep. Eventually
I adapted gabapentin to my regimen as well as baclofen as needed for lower body tension.
This took about 5 years to develop and it works as well as I could expect.
They flip flopped over weather I had stenosis or not for a few years but remained firm on that
eventually. My question is why do I have such bad pain to: warrant the strong medications, make
standing in place +10 min excruciating , back core muscles feel like they are burning up, and
I get nauseous and sick feeling from what I believe to be inflammation? This is off and on 24/7.
I quit my care giving job of 8 years an applied for disability. Went the course of almost 2 years
and in the end they told me my stenosis does not not match the amount of pain that I claim to have.
What will it take for my doctors to actually see what is causing this amount of pain?
I really wanted vocational rehabilitation to help me learn to work from home but Social Security disability
does not offer that alternative. I applied and got laughed out of court, more or less.
Should I just inquiry on surgery? I am tired of not working and having no money.