Hi all. I'm new here so let me introduce myself. I have suffered with chronic pain since 2003. I have SEVERE back issues. To date I have had 6 surgeries ranging from microdiscectomies to lumbar fusions and I am preparing for lucky number 7. I am fused with hardware from L1-S1, have radiculopathy, spondylosis and a 48 degree curve to round out my scoliosis. The more surgeries I had the worse I got which leads me to where I can barely walk due to the curvature and pain. I have many, many nerve inpingements and alot of damage from them being pinched. This next surgery is supposed to be a doozey. They're putting in screws from the T-10 to the ilium, bone graphs where there should be fusions, rods down either side of the spine and cages. I'm told it's a 2 day surgery spanning 10-12 hours a day with a 10 day hospital stay and about a year to fully recover. Sometimes I think I'm crazy for considering this but the alternative, not being able to walk soon, makes me reconsider. They say my pain should lessen but it'll never go away. I can't even remember what "pain-free" feels like. Today is a decent day pain wise. I'm blessed to not need meds today. Anyway, I joined here because I want to give my family a break. They have been listening to me bitch about my pain for 13 years so now I'll use Daily Strength instead. It'll be nice to associate with others who "get it." My husband and kids try their best to be supportive but if I were them I'd be sick of me already. I hope to offer as much as I take away from here. I hope to make some lasting friendships or at least kinships. Thanks for having me.
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I have noticed since being laid off a month ago due to the COVID pandemic that because I am not moving as much nor am I as busy as I usually am that my overall chronic pain has worsened. I take three walks a day with my dog and keep up on housework but as long as everything is closed, I find myself more inactive which in my case increases my pain levels. I drink more turmeric tea at night,...