Hello everyone.. I’m new here and just wanted to say hi. I’m 29 and have been having back issues for the past few years. The problems originally started 3 years ago, at which point it just felt like a pulled muscle in between my shoulder blades. My doctor sent me to PT for 4 weeks, which didn’t really help much until they used ultrasound and estim. After a week or 2 of PT with the ultrasound my back actually felt better. I went back to my normal life and thought all was well. Fast forward 2 years which places me about 8 months ago. I start having the same problems, I think it was angered by my job which had me using a machine that was to short so I was leaning over 1,000-2,000 time a day 6 days a week. My doctor again sent me to PT for 6 weeks, but this time it didn’t help so much. I started getting some shooting pains in my arm, and sometimes my feet would feel like bricks. My physical Therapist had my Dr. prescribe me a tens unit, which gave me some relief, but it seems to stop working (pain relief wise) if I use it too often, so I limit my use of it. I wasn’t sleeping well, so my Dr. prescribed me 20mg Oxycontin for bedtime. This seemed to get me about 6-7 hours of sleep a night, which was greatly welcomed. At first I would only use it a few times a week, and I was fine with that. After the 6 weeks of PT I didn’t really notice it getting any better, so my doctor ordered X-rays and an MRI and referred me to a different Dr. (a neurologists). The MRI shows arthritis in my spine a bulging disk and the beginning of DDD. At this point my doc prescribes me 5mg Percocet (2 at a time every 6hrs prn). At first I didn’t use the Percocet very often, 240 of them lasted me 3 months. The neuro. Was very uncaring and said “it doesn’t look that bad” and just acted like it shouldn’t hurt me at all. He sent me to a pain doc to get cortisone shots in my neck. The pain doc wasn’t to convinced that it would help, but we proceeded with them anyways. Now I’ve been sick before, but these shots made me SO sick!! I couldn’t go out in the sun, or get too warm or else I almost passed out. I walked around for about a week and a half either beat red or Casper white! I was always on the brink of passing out, and continuously nauseous. On top of that I guess I constricted my neck muscles a lot when they did the injections and it made me stiff as heck for about a week. He said see if the shot helps and if not he can try it a little differently. Well it didn’t help, so I had to go back and get a second set done. This time he gave me 15mg of diazepam to make sure me and my muscles we relaxed. The second shot didn’t make me as stiff, but it did make me just as sick and did nothing for the pain. So the pain management doc and I decided I was done with the shots. This pretty much brings us to current time. In the passing of that time the pain has increased, so I have been taking my Oxycontin nightly and the Percocet daily 2-3 times a day. I am now dependant on the oxycodone, and I can’t go without taking it or I end up in pain and feeling icky (I know these are WD symptoms). I went back to the neuro guy last week hoping he would have some other ideas. All he told me was I’m to young for surgery and he doesn’t want me taking the pain meds anymore. I asked, “so what are my options” all he did was ignore the question and wrote a script for Celebrex. So I called my regular Dr and got the name of a different neuro for a second opinion. I feel like the guy didn’t even care I was in pain, and kinda got the feeling that he thinks I’m just looking for drugs. As of now I take oxycodone (I didn’t like taking so much apap) 20-40 mg a day(240 will still last longer than a month), 20mg oxycontin at bedtime, Norflex 1 or 2 times a day and naproxen at bed time. My insurance company won’t fill the Celebrex until I try 2 other NSAID (hence the naproxen)… Cheap *&*(*&*s! I know for sure I do not want to be on the oxy for much longer, I hate being tied to these pills. I’m not really looking for an answer from anyone here, I just wanted to let this out of me! The whole thing is very angering and depressing. I’m only 29, and it really sucks how I feel. I recently lost my job due to taking to much time off, so now I have that to deal with on top of it all : ( … Well Thank you for listening!! And sorry this was so long.