- CASE FILE
I suffer from chronic spinal pain for past 16 years, it has gotten progressively worse. I have had multiple surgeries but to no avail.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Back pain started about 20 years ago, I was told I had herniated discs, bulging discs and arthritis. It has gotten progressively worse to the point where I cannot walk more than a few feet, stand for more than a few seconds or sit for more than a couple of minutes. When I walk it feels like a person has jumped on my lower back and the more steps I take the more people I feel jump on, to the point where if I don't stop and sit, my legs will buckle and it feels like I am being beaten with a baseball bat. I have had all of the injections, nerve blocks, ablations basically anything that my ortho doc suggested, I tried. I also had surgery, a laminectomy, no help whatsoever, then I finally tried a spinal cord stimulator, also useless. I have been told by the last 4 orthopedic surgeons I've seen that there is nothing else they can do. That there are too many things wrong in the same area for anything to work and I would just have to manage the pain. I've done PT, Aqua therapy, Yoga, and even Accupuncture to try and help alliviate the pain. I live in NY and so now due to this opioid epedemic, cannot even get pain meds to help. I was approved to try medical marijuana which did nothing at all, in fact that doctor said in all her years prescribing medical marijuana that I was the first patient she has come across that the drug has had zero effect on. I've even tried the real thing and still no relief. I live with this pain 24/7, I have a husband and 2 girls that need me, but this pain has overtaken my life so much that it has put me in a really dark place. I need help.....no one can tell me what is wrong or why absolutely nothing will work to help ease pain.