I have severe neuropathy in my left leg and left food from damage sustained to my spinal cord in 2003. I broke my back so severely, that it took the doctors 37 hours to remove the broken pieces of bone from my spinal cord. I have permanent damage and over the last 5 years, the leg and food pain have grown worse and worse. I've had several back surgeries and am having another on August 19th. The surgery wont help the neuropathy - that pain is from the spinal cord damage which is permanent. I have tried EVERY pain medication (narcotic), nerve medication and seizure medication (can be effective with neuropathy) with no relief. Ive had nerve blocks, cortosone shots and have a TENS unit. They dont help. My foot hurts so incredibly bad 24/7 I just cant take it anymore. It feels like there are thousands of pieces of broken glass in the bottom of my foot and i'm walking on it pressing it in. I have a team of doctors including a neurologist and pain managment specialist and they have decided that I've exhausted all the available treatment options. I'm also told that as I age (I'm 41) the condition will likely get worse, which I know is true since it has gotten much worse over the last 5 years. I'm seen pain specialists in 3 surrounding states and my insurance is refusing to pay for any more alternative treaments (nothing conventional works). I CANT accept that I have to live in this pain knowing it will get worse with no end in sight. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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