Welcome to our chronic pain "family". So sorry that there's another person with pain, but as others will tell you, you have found a great place for support, venting, and a little crazy fun now and then.
I'm not familiar with pristiq, but I'm sure others will be along who are. Have you been legally compensated for your doctor's error? I only ask that hoping that you have good resources for you to get the best help out there for pain. You'll see from our stories it can take a long time, and even a lot of travel, to find a good pain management doctor. But there are other aspects to this, as you mention, like having to accept the changes to our lives. We have a few really deep topics going on in the first couple of pages about how CP affects our identity, and relationships, and I see you already posted to one. We're all struggling with the layers this brings to our life, but fortunately we've found common ground here with others who understand.
We also have a little virtual fun from time to time, the current thread being the "time to fly" one. We get a little crazy there (family friendly, of course), travel around in virtual bodies and do all the things we wish we could do, I guess, in our real bodies but can't. Sometimes you just have to pretend for awhile.
Anyway, feel free to jump in anywhere. And keep learning and searching for the best pain management resources you can find for yourself.