Hello, I'm 27 years old and just feel the need to tell my story and maybe get some advice on how to cope with everything.
4 years ago, I was diagnosed with aggressive AS, fibromyalgia, 2 bulging discs and neuropathy. Little did I know what this meant at the time, I just thought it would be something I would have to learn to live with. I had no idea what was in store for me.
4 years later, having tried over 30 medications, physical therapy, hydro therapy, consulting surgeons, yoga etc. Etc. I have come to believe I have little to no future. The pain seems to intensify every year. If it was just me, I could live with being bed ridden from pain 16-20 hours a day.
The only problem is my wife is now 8 months pregnant with our son. My quality of life is honestly nonexistent. I have no life any more. Yet I can't help but think I've missed something that would improve it. It is not just about me any more, I feel a strong urge to be there for my family. How am I supposed to do this when I can't function on even a simple level? What have any of you found that help with these conditions?