Originally Posted by rlark55
Also, can this have any cognitive effect on me? I am an intelligent person, but can't remember much of anything lately and having a noticeable difficulty putting sentences together?
I believe chronic severe pain can impact cognitive ability. I have had constant moderate to severe back pain for 6 months and I've noticed that on days when pain is severe, I'm forgetful. I've also noticed that it becomes difficult to add several 4 digit numbers mentally, something I could do easily before the pain started. Even moderate pain can affect my typing, I experience a lot of transposed characters.
If pain meds don't relieve enough pain, Mobic and Flexeril don't help me much and the side effects are awful, your doctor should refer you to a pain management specialist. They'll probably prescribe steroid injections which could relieve pain.
You have my sympathy. I am in my late fifties and had degenerative disc disease that was undiagnosed and asymptomatic until I was in a t-bone auto accident 6 months ago. After a couple months of physical therapy, I had a lumbar MRI which showed degeneration, two discs with micro tears, and a bulging disc pressing on a nerve.