Hello, this is my first post but i have been reading for a few months now. I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 5 years and I still cant get a strong enough medication that will allow me to go back to work and get me out of bed because of the chronic pain i have endured.
Basically i can not stand for more than 2 to 3 hours before the pain in the joints of my legs and my lower back become so intense that it has destroyed my life and has made me miserable.
The money that i have spent went to everything from Dr. appointments, 2 Reumys, 2 phsychiatrist, a chiropractor, a neurologist, and my GP. Also spent it on the many trials and errors of SSRIs, SNRIs. I really think i have tried them all, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor....you get the point. I have had some relief with diazapam, Zanaflex, and Hydrocodone 10s. But when it comes to being productive 5 days a week the Hydrocodone is like throwing a glass of water on a bonfire. Money has also been spent on anything and everything over the counter that looked legitament. Expensive shoes, insoles, many supplements such as Gluclosamine, Chondroitin, Ginseng, 5-HTP, complete amino acid supplements, and again I could go on and on. Many test were also done. My chiropractor diagnosed me with scoliosis and said i sprained the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae. Other docs diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Oh and they found some arthritis in many joints where the leg meets the foot. In fact it was the tibiotalar joints and the proximal ankles.
3 years ago my GP, of all Docs, tried me with Oxycontin 40s, and 5mg Percocets as needed, and I thought i finally thought I had found a normal life. Back to work 5 days a week, I was eager to experience life and actually socialize again. I climbed out of my depression. And then my GP retired and he was the one to refer me to the Neurologist/Phychiatrist. AND now i was back to square 1.
This all started around the age of 24 and I am now 29 soon to be 30. I am still in the process of getting many test done. Have a nerve test in the morning because my leg went completely numb for 4 days. But I do not understand why I am being left miserable. Why cant i be managed for my chronic pain? Is it because i live in FL? I hear there is a lot of narcotic abuse here, but why do I have to suffer for that? WHAT CAN I DO?!?!?!?!?!?!
Post Edited (Lookin4 PM in Ocala) : 4/23/2009 3:02:53 AM (GMT-6)