I have had chronic pain before & after my spinal fusion (also have arthritis in the spine) right now I am only on one narcotic and its a low grade one and I weaned myself all other meds except for vitamins and thyroid meds...I have three kids and no help with them because my hubby works 7 days a week two jobs. I know being a stay at home mom for some people seems like a piece of cake, but I am only three months post op and I am having a very difficult time dealing with the pain and it is causing a severe depression. I push through and put myself last, because of course my kids come first and they get whatever they need and when they need it. They are still on time for practices, school, whatever it is. I fight through the pain and fight back the tears and I have no other family to help me. What can I do? I have called the head doc for an appointment but I truly think that the pain is causing the depression because I can no longer be the mother or person that I used to be years ago and never will be again. I had a spinal fusion and that will forever create pain and problems with my back. Any suggestions on how to grin and bear it? I have an appointment with a pain management person on 2/11 - are these people there to help you or are they primarily there to get you off all the medication? Anyone else out there going through this? Thanks, Tania. Sorry for whining. I hurt and its taking over my life.
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