Quote from nanatothesixth:This may sould ridiculous or stupid to you, but, have you thought of hypnosis? A good hypnotist can work with pain management. A back injury can take its toll on a person emotionally. Some anti-depressants worak as pain medication as well working on the depression. As far as massage therapy, was it swedish massage or deep tissue massage? Have you seen a spine specialist? If not, try to find one in your area and make an appointment with them. I know at times it is difficult, but try to stay positive. Good luck to you and do keep everyone here posted.
Hey thanks for responding! :wave: To be quite honest, I have not thought about hypnosis, nor would I ever consider it. I understand that it may work for SOME people who have things such as unexplained pain that won't go away, but everyone knows the reason for mine, there is still an INJURY, yet they just don't know how to fix it. My thinking is, "Well, if you can't fix it, at least give me something to dull the pain when it gets REALLY bad." I have a very high pain tolerance, in my opinion anyway, because it takes a lot to withstand sinus infections every three weeks for years and years (I've been dealing with that since I was 6). I can tolerate this back pain most of the time, but around mid-terms, which consisted of sitting over writing for 5 hours a day, four days in a row, and when I was out of school for 2 weeks straight (from a sinus infection) and had to make up the work over ONE weekend, my back can't take that kind of strain.
All things considered, I am in VERY high spirits. I've never been depressed either, and I'm not now, which is why I'm slightly perturbed with the though of going on antidepressants. I think that doctors are too eager to prescribe antidepressants and SSRIs in general. I had an allergist, yes an ALLERGIST, try to put me on Zoloft for sinus infections/allergies before. :nono: A few weeks later, another allergist told me that I had one of the worst cases of chronic sinusitis she had ever seen, put me on a preventative dose of antibiotics, and said that the other doctor was the crazy one for wanting to stick me on that! :dizzy: LOL!
Anyway, basically every spine doctor that I've been to has asked how I've been dealing with the depression. :rolleyes: That aggravates me as well because for some reason unbeknownst to me, I have been able to retain the exact same personality and energy levels as I had before. I am not sad, or tired, nor do I feel hopeless at all. Am I irritated? Yes, but since when did being irritated that no one will help you, make you depressed?
Please though, know that what I wrote wasn't me being defensive to your or annoyed with what you said... And I thank you very much for taking the time to write that. Rather I'm just trying to explain why that whole theory (which both this clinic and other doctors in the past) doesn't seem to apply to me. My pain isn't like lingering long after my injury was healed with no explanation as to why -- the injury didn't heal EVER, and no one knows how to heal it! :yawn: :-/
Oh, by the way, I had both Swedish and deep tissue massage, and they both bothered me. :confused: