Hello everyone! I've been "lurking" on this site for quite awhile now and finally decided to join up. I am very cautious when it comes to online forums (especially those related to medical topics/chronic pain) and this one is, by far, one of the best and "nicest" I've seen.
Like many of you, I live with chronic pain, and have for over 20 years. I have Degenerative Disc Disease (mostly in the neck/cervical region) and Pelvic Adhesive Disease/Adhesion Related Disorder. DDD runs throughout my family and the ARD is the result of 5 c-sections and 2 exploratories. It actually began affecting me after my first (botched) c-section, but was misdiagnosed/ignored for several years. I am sure some of you know what I am talking about: the pain is just "in your head", "we can't find anything wrong with you", "I'm referring you to a Psychiatrist", etc, etc. I was in and out of emergency rooms and the last time I went, the doctor flat-out accused me of "pill-seeking" and was REALLY rude about it. about a month later, I went under the knife and my surgeon was amazed (for lack of a better word) at what he saw; several of my organs were literally stuck together - bladder and uterus were the worst. Anyhoo, long story short, they cleaned up the best they could, I "recovered" and when I felt better I went back to that emergency room, found the doctor who accused me of pill-seeking and (literally) threw my surgical records at him. He remembered me and he apologized. I told him that he needed to listen more to his patients and stop looking at them as a part on an assembly line. Unfortunately, new adhesions formed and there really is no "cure" except for more cutting, which gets more dangerous each time. So, between these two conditions, I am stuck with pain medication for the rest of my life - oh joy.
Ok, enough babbling from me. I usually don't talk about my health with anyone, so it felt good to vent a bit!
Have a peaceful day!