I have been reading site posts for over a year. I am mid 40's and troubles started in late 30's. Doctors diagnosed my chronic pain in 2008 degenerative disc disease, several buldging disc, cervical stenosis. After therapy, multiple epidurals, steroids, massage 3 times week, tens unit, chiropractor- neurosurgeon performed C 5-6 fusion. Pain reduced and responded to pain meds for almost 3 years.
The nightmare started all over again early last summer. The tests all started over, including a MRI of shoulder which indicated 2 rotator cuff tears. I was not happy about surgery but found myself thinking THANK GOODNESS I'M NOT CRAZY. Which I have been thinking when pain got worse and worse. Orthopedic performed surgery August 2013, once surgery started surgeon discovered my rotator cuff was ruptured due to severe arthritis shredding my rotator cufff. He and my neurosurgeon thought after this surgery, therapy, recovery life will turn around and be more bearable. Well thats not the case. After 4 months of therapy, finally I was thankful I could return to my administrative secretary position work, employed at same company for almost 25 years. Honestly feared bc of two surgeries in past 3 years they will be looking for a reason to LAY ME OFF! I have seen this happen to others over the years. (Haven't been out of work since I delivered my last child 21 years ago)
I never say a word to anyone about the pain I am in, they can tell by my face but I dont complain and plan my appts around my 1 weekday off during the week.
Needless to say im in the same boat again. Right side of my neck is horrible and nothing seems to help me. Painful shoulders, bicep muscle burns and throb. Bicep pain is new over last few months, wasn't present prior to shoulder surgery. Life SUCKS! I have a very supportive husband but surely he misses the life we had. If I do 2 hours of housework or gardening will pay for it for a couple days. But I just don't want to GIVE INTO THIS DEMON "PAIN" AND ITS at its WORST EVERY DAY.
Joined group with hopes someone may have some advise that my make just a few hours a day bearable.
Thank you in advance,