Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I am 28 years old and have a wonderful (lol) medical history. I was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation when I was 18; and by the time I was 23 was also diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, multiple herniated discs, bulging discs and Vonn Wildebrand's Disease (blood disorder). Last month I just meet with another surgeon because they found a non cancerous tumor on my spine and a pars vertebra fracture. I can not longer function like I use too. I have 8 surgeries for multiple things; one being my craniectomy for the Chiari. Now, I face having another surgery on my spine. I do not mean to sound so depressing but this is getting so old! I am tired of being in pain and constantly being on medication. Several times I have stopped all my pain medications (Soma, Avinza, Percocet) and feel worse.
I knew that would happen but I wanted to make sure that the pain was real and just not the medication, does this sound weird?
The Dr put me on Lexapro to help with the depression and that has seemed to helped a lot. I know that there are a lot of people on this site that face the same things daily, and what I want to know is, will this get better? There are days that I just stay in bed and don't want to move. I am afraid that this is what the rest of my life will be like. I thank everyday for my husband! I am sorry if I sound like I am whining.
Also, have any of you had any luck with pain management Dr's? I am considering going to one. In the last 2 years I have been on over 43 different medications and the ones I am on right know work the best; but I still have problems. I know that I will never be pain free; but I want to know that I can leave the house and not have to remember if I grabbed my medications.
Thanks in advance!!!!!!