Thank-You for the warm welcome Lindaloo I also take pain meds 24/7 every 12 hours, and percocet for break through. Over the years I think I have had, or tried just about
everything. From accupunture, ten's, and a host of diffferent pain meds, epidural steriod injections, which I still get once in a while.. Just a few months ago my Doctor talked with me about
considering an implantable spinal stimulator, but I have so many disc's that cause me problems, we desided it really wound not be a practical solution for me. The medication regiment that I currently am on, seems to keep the pain under control reasonably well as long as I do not do any thing foolish! Of course if I do then I pay the piper royally! The seemingly small things can really be the worst. Example trying to stand in front of the kitichen sink and just washing a few dishes. I have a very difficult time standing up straight and holding my arms out, to do things like that, in just a matter of a few minutes, the mid back pain becomes unbearable, and I will get spasms. Leaning over something helps allot, or just sitting in the reclinner for a little while, waiting for everything to calm down and then I am fine. I use a cain because I can't stand up straight, and it helps keep my balance! ( I suppose it enhances the Santa look)
And of course it is difficult washing dishes bent over! I sleep in a fowlers position because I can't lay flat, if I try sleeping on my sides, my hands and arms go numb and burn. The adjustable bed was the best thing I have ever purchased! I think the worst thing is, over the years I have made the mistake of withdrawing, and becoming some what isolated, and that is one thing that nobody should do, as I am now paying a hefty price for it. It is not irreversible of course, but lacking family and friends, and an adquate support system at a time in your life when you really might need it, can make a difficult situation that much worse! So anybody that reads this, Please Please, don't hide and or withdraw from your friends and family, or anybody, because of your pain or disability, because in the end, it will hurt nobody, but yourself! Sorry I didn't mean to get off on a tangent, Thanks again Lindaloo and everyone for you Wecome!