- CASE FILE
Constant neck, shoulder, back, hips and knees pain. Generally 6-8 24/7.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
It started in the mid 90's with wrist and shoulder pain. It has progressively gotten worse. I have had 3 sugeries. 2 neck fusions between C3 - C7. There is some degenration. I've also had a fusion at L5-S1 to attempt to help the hip and back pain. I've also had NUMEROUS injections in my neck, shoulders, back and hips. I can't recall how many but I've been trying those for years. I've also had several rounds of radio frequency (RF). These injections and RF have quit working at all. The last one lasted less than 2 weeks. Then in March I went in again for another round but my blood pressure would not rise enough for them to sedate me.
I've been told I have arthritis (but no one has directly said what kind or where).
I've been told I have fibromyalgia, but again, no REAL diagnosis.
I am well aware that I have Degenerative Disc Disease. It's pretty obvious from all the pain - all the time.
So many doctors have prescribed so many different types of medications. They don't work. AND! My body does NOT tolerate caffeine or opiates at all. They cause all kinds of other problems. And they do not solve whatever is going on.
As i've said, I've been trying to solve this problem for over 20 years. I have just given up on treatment options. Nobody can tell me what is wrong or how to fix it.
So in my opinion, my whole body is a mystery.
My husband and I enjoy riding Harley's but I can't ride any more. I can't hold on with my legs. I grew up sailing and skiing. I can't ski any more (sad, since I live in Utah). I have a sailboat but I can't use it because I don't have anyone to help. So my outdoor activities are being slowly taken away. I'm only 61! I shouldn't be home bound.
Your program won't let me list any medical conditions.
My symptoms are constant and chronic pain. It never stops. In the mornings, I generally don't have a headache, but it's tough getting out of bed because of back and hip pain. So I get up and hot shower to get things moving. By noonish, the back/hip pain is around 5 and my daily headache is about the same. As the day progresses it just gets worse. I do manage to get small household chores done fortunately. We recently purchased a home in Nevada that doesn't have any stairs. It's really hard to get up and down stairs. We are going to give the Utah house to our son. It has lots of stairs. I go to bed around 6 p.m. because I have to lay down by then. I watch tv till around 10, then take my nightly meds and go to sleep. At night I take:
600 mgs of Gabapentin
1mg of Xanax
50 mgs of Quetiapine
I can only use Tylenol or Ibuprofen for my pain. But I can't take enough of it to dull the pain ~ without ruining my stomach and/or liver.
My life. I really want to reduce this pain. I just retired and I'd like to enjoy myself a bit.
Start all over again the next day.
I've gone to physical therapy several different times for 4-6 months each time. It feels good but doesn't solve the problem. I've also tried acupuncture with minimal results. I have also tried deep tissue massage. It hurts like crazy but sometimes it reduces the pain for a week or two.