I'm glad you joined us...I'm your 'neighbor' just south of you in Washington State. I'm on the south end of the Olympic Peninsula. Been some wild weather lately, eh? ;-) BTW, hubby and I are Canuck fans big time!
OK, back to the why you came. It's hard to add much to the wonderful advice and sharing others have given you but I will share one more thing. I'm not sure where you are getting your treatment but I would suggest you get to a teaching university/hospital. They are the ones on the cutting edge of technology and take on cases that other doctors are not being successful at treating. At the top of the
opening page of posts there is a thread called Chronic Pain 101. In there is all kinds of resources including a listing of many of the teaching/university hospitals around the world. I looked and there is one in Vancouver!
Vancouver General Hospital and Health Science Centre which is part of Vancouver Coastal Health is the one nearest you. Often people have to travel hundreds of miles to get to one, but you can get to this one easier if you'd like. Here is the link to their site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Hospital_and_Health_Sciences_Centre
. One of their specialties is people your age. Also, here's a link to the Coastal Health site. www.vch.ca/about_us/
Give some thought to getting hold of them and get in to see someone who is a specialist in your area of need. Hopefully they can give you some hope and care than will give you relief. It does concern me that you have so much pain that you basically can't do anything. Are your doctors currently giving you something to treat the pain? Maybe I missed something but I hope they are doing something for temporary pain relief.
Keep in touch!
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