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Emotional support, tired of many meds

SunnysidecakeSSunnysidecake Posts: 1
edited 01/17/2016 - 10:09 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone. I've been a lurker for a while now and hope that I can find some people to relate to. This post is just for me to vent my frustrations and I appreciate anyone who is willing to read this.

I've been dealing with neck pain (cervical degenerative disc disease, c5c6 herniation, mod stenosis) and muscle spasms since my early 20s (I'm 30). The pain is severe now to where I am never pain free except for when I am asleep. Now my mid and lower back hurts to where only curling or bending forward relieves it. I'm taking celebrex 200 mg 2x/day, tramadol 100 mg x3/day, zanaflex 4mg 3x/day, and percocet 5 mg as needed for the really bad days. I've seen numerous spine specialists and neurosurgeons, but none have an answer. I've asked each one if the pain is all in my head, which they have said no. I've tried physical therapy many times (which I always had severe muscle spasms during), dry needling, massage, epidurals, heat patches/creams, vitamins, epsom salt baths... You get the idea.

I'm exhausted. I don't want to be on all these meds my whole life. I've tried weaning myself and my pain gets so bad I have to take off work and just stay in bed, crying. I just want it to stop and feel normal.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,768
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    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Yes, it is a long hard road with spinal issues. Ugh. Doctors that think you're imagining pain really frustrate me. I heard that right up until I had emergency surgery. If you need help don't let anyone stop you dear. I am on my sixth year of lower back pain and surgeries. I'm heading to the surgeon in fifteen minutes. I am not on opiates today, but I've been on them for a better part of the last decade. It is exhausting, and it is depressing at times. I am 35, and most days I see people much older passing by my slow hobbling self on the sidewalk. lol. I laugh, but it's a desperate laugh. I have no job, and can't return to university until I know I can sit for a few hours at least. Things look grim, but fear and misery isn't enough to keep someone with spinal problems down. Darn it, there are millions of us I bet! If you need to vent, pm me anytime. I feel useless, and wish I could help you with your situation, but all I can do is listen. Please keep posting, and let us know how things continue. I know it's hard to stay strong when pain is everywhere, but please keep up the struggle. Maybe you will find a doctor who genuinely can listen, support, help, you know, something other than just pills and see ya later. I honestly found physio to be a quick fix that didn't last long. However, I swim regularly now, and it gives me some comfort. It's the only way to be free of serious pain for more than an hour. I've run my course with pain management and treatments as well, and sometimes it feels hopeless. I mentioned on a post I had a doomed spine, and someone was quick to correct me, and remind me to look at it in a different perspective. Sometimes, that's enough to get ya through the day. Stay in touch, keep crying, and keep venting, and keep searching for what works for you. I just hope you keep up the fight. Take care for now.
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