Geez Jag, I feel your frustration over your sister's comment.
Pain at any age needs treatment. You might want to let your sister know that not only does it interfere with life, pain untreated does damage the other systems. Starts with the Adrenals which then affects the entire hormone system. When the neck ruptures occured the shock fried the adrenal function which then caused early menopause. I gained 35 lbs. in 30 days (not eating). I thought I was being brave denying I needed pain meds. Went to the best of the best (worked for one too) M.D.'s, Homeopaths, Naturopaths, Chiro's etc. they all said the same thing CP wears out the body. 10 yrs. later, still trying to get the DHEA level to come to normal.
So there are Health reasons why its best to treat the CP no matter the cause!
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Progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atroph; muscle spasms, muscle pain, neuropathy & neuropathic pain, central sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and 2 pain implants – an intrathecal pain medication pump and an SCS (spinal cord stimulator). Extra fun little toys and gadgets; O2 generator and assorted wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and orthotic braces. Meds - too many too list or even care about!