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My name is Larry. Im 64, live in Phoenix Arizona and just seeing this forum for the first time. Like many others, my pain is L5 herniation radiating numbness and pain to my hands and feet.
I had ZERO lower back pain until 2 years ago when I was being routinely adjusted by a chiropractic. I felt it instantly. He said it was nothing and I'd be good in a couple days. It's been over 2 years and the pain has gotten much worse.
Ive gone down the same rabbit holes many of you have. The difference with me is; I'm keeping the pain to MYSELF!! Cept for the Doctors. I currently am taking 5-6 Vicodin a day. This gives me a only a few hours of pain relief each day. The politics here is very anti pain med now and, my doctor is caving to the pressure. Pretty sure I'm close to the end of him prescribing. He makes me come now every month for a 5 minute visit (just to get a look). He is my primary care guy. My Ortho and Physiatrist won't give me any pain meds. CRAZY!!
The pain has brought along some friends-- depression and anxiety, nice. I'm not a very fun person anymore either. All my family and friends have been alienated at this point. I'm ok here- whining to you but, in my real life, I'm keeping my dark thoughts to myself.
I've had a good life but, this situation has got me debating over a very uncertain future. The moment I wake up, I'm kinda sad that I've got to face another day.
Ok, hope I didn't break any rules. Wish everyone well. Hoping to become part of this community.