I am so glad I have found this blog. It isn't everyone that understands chronic pain. I am a nurse and ironically work in a pain clinic at a local hospital. My back pain started on December 7, 2007. I got out of bed and couldn't straighten up. I did go on to work, but as the day wore on I got to where I couldn't walk. I went to the doctor and he sent me for X-Rays. It showed no fracture, but osteopenia, worse in the hips. My pain wasn't getting better so I went for MRI series of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. I was found to have a herniated disc in all three areas, bone spurs and degenerative disc in all three areas of the spine. I was in shock. I had been feeling fine. I ended up having a discetomy of the L5 and 6. The surgery didn't work and now I have failed back syndrome. I have done the epiderals in the thoracic, trigger point injections and physical therapy. I have contant muscle spasms in my back. I have taken every medication known to man and most I cannot take. Right now I take Ultram, Flexril and use Lidoderm patches. I am not a canadate for the thoracic surgery as the degenerative disc disease has progressed to far. I did file for disability but was denied because they said I could work one hour a week. So now I am working full time to keep insurance for my husband and myself. Most days I can barely walk by the time I get home. My pain is usually a 7 or 8 daily. I do use vicodin occassionally, but not often because I don't like the side effects. My pain has to be a 10 plus before I take a narcotic. I have been to two spine specialist and both have said that there is nothing they can do to help me. I am at my wits end. I am hoping by finding this blog I will find some peace and know that there are other people like me out there. My husband has been so supportive of me and helps me out so much. I am always been active. I have horses and have not been able to ride for over a year and it's killing me. I cannot do the things that I used to do. I also have 8 grandkids that I am trying to enjoy, but most days I have so much pain that it's hard to play with them. I am just trying to deal day to day and I am just glad that I can read other stories about other people's pain and know that I don't have to suffer alone. Blessings to all....nwmissourigal
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