I understand what its like to be younger and in chronic pain. I was a bit older (26) when my chronic pain started to rear its ugly head and now I'm 32. I can of course only empathize as only you truly know what you are going through man. Just know you are far from alone.
Sometimes one slip progresses and keeps on progressing. For me, in 2001 I had a rappeling accident in which I came down the rope way too fast and my back smacked into the ground. I sucked it up and a few days later did a 12 mile ruck march (not fully healed). In fact, I did a bunch of 12 mile ruck marches at Fort Cambell and I'm sure they over time had a progressive effect on my back. I sprained my ankle 4 times which also I'm sure didn't help. However, I didn't really experience chronic pain lasting for years in my back until December 2006. The MRIs at the time (2007) revealed a slightly herniated disc. Over time the pain went from moderate to moderate severe and the next MRI (2009) showed a crushed L5 buldging disc which (if I understand this correctly) has the gel material pushing against nerves causing sciatica. Further tests revealed RA.
The reason I wanted to tell you my story is to show you that chornic pain in my case was progressive, seemingly stemming from past injuries that never quite healed and have become worse over time.
My treatment (on the non drug side) includes everything from red hot soaking baths with salts to deep tissue massages. The two friends work on my back really does help to give me some temporal pain relief. Both have discussed this "knot" on my left side which is always present. I'm not sure if that's the harden gel buldge or as one chiropractic put it, "scar tissue".
The other side of my treatment involves prescribed medication of Nucynta, Soma, and good ole asprin. The Nucynta seems to provide the most "mental" relief from the pain signaling, though it still only covers up what's really going on of course. The Soma and asprin treat some of the physical aspects and a good nights sleep seems to have restorative powers that the medications do not.
As for what you should do for your treatment.....I would say everyone is different so what will work for you might not work for me. I've had radio freq nuerotomies done that have had some success. Epidural shots have also provided some relief for a few weeks.
Have you recieved any epidural shots? Its not a cure, but it allows for a few weeks of less pain at the least. Also, have you been referred to an pain management specialist which can prescribe you prescript
ion NSAIDs as well as prescript
ion pain medications? PM doctor can usually prescribe pain medications for long term use where as primary doctors often only prescribe them for shorter periods of time.
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures helped for months, but pain is up and im having the procedure done again. Currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol - A MOR + NRI) 2 to 3 time per day and Soma 350 as needed.
Post Edited (grainofsalt) : 3/10/2012 3:58:27 PM (GMT-7)