Welcome again Laash,
Oh to be so young and in so much pain is not good. My pain issues started at age 19/20 so I understand some of the things you are going through. Just about all of my friends either didn't care about my issues with pain, or they just didn't believe me and thought I was taking pain pills to get high. I dumped many of them very fast.
It was very lonely for a long time..Even my mom, who was there when I had my first "episode" with my back going out, started to think I was "faking" the pain so I could get high. Back then, in the early 90's, they didn't have Pain Management Dr.'s, just neurologists, orthopedics, and neurosurgeons...and they were about as compassionate as an IRS agent...
So, for years I went from one Dr. to another just to try and find out what was wrong. Finally, I had a great Ortho who saw that I had bulging discs that were pressing on the nerves..This only after I had been walking bent over for 5 months. I couldn't stand up straight! So, after I had a disc rupture I finally had surgery...my first.
Anyway, I do understand about losing friends and being frustrated with the system. I give you props for continuing with your schooling. It has to be hard to do.
Most of us have been going through this for quite a while and we can offer some great advice about a lot of things associated with Chronic Pain. So, if you ever want to talk or just ask a question, we are here for you...
I hope you have a low pain day today....
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed