Three years ago, I started hurting in my lower back and went to see a doctor. I was given some pain meds and sent home to rest. The pain persisted and so I went back to teh doctor. I had an MRI of my lumbar spine and they told me I had degenerative disc disease and a torn and bulging disc at my L5-S1. I was referred to a Neurosurgeon. I went to the Neurosurgeon and he told me he didn't see any reason why I should be hurting. However, he sent me to physical therapy. After about three trips to physical therapy, I started having pain go down my leg. I went back to the doctor and was referred to a different Neurosurgeon. He sent me to more therapy and suggested surgery. After a few sessions of therapy and no improvement in my pain, I had the surgery. It was a spinal fusion. I have a metal rod attached to my vertebrae where they took out my disc.
After recoverying from surgery, I still have pain. I managed with over the counter medication for almost two years. I could not lift anything heavy and my sex life with my husband was minimal.
Then in September of last year, my boss sent me on a trip for work that involved me driving six hours away from home by myself and I had to carry my luggage which was heavy. Upon returning from the trip, I was having extreme pain that started along my shoulder blade on my right side and radiated straight through my chest to the nipple of my breast. If I have to write to fill out forms(like at the docs office) my whole arm hurts badly that I have to rest between words.
I have been to seven doctors, had MRI's, injections, and a nerve study and no one can tell me what is wrong or treat me. I am in lots of pain that keeps me from living anything close to a normal life. I have been told I have a lesion on my spinal cord but no one will do anything about it.
The over the counter pain meds don't work anymore and the doctors say I am too young to take narcotics(I am 37). I am getting worse as my neck and shoulders hurt alot along with my low back and my chest.
I have thought of ending it cause I am tired of the pain but I have children and so I try to supprese these thoughts.
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