Hi Katie, Welcome to the forum! I am so sorry for your pain. Living with chronic pain can take a toll on us mentally and physically...it is so important to try not to let pain be the focus of our lives. The people here do understand chronic pain. Even with meds we are never pain free, but we have found some things that do help us.
You mentioned you have numerous other health ailments...you are not alone in that regard. Many of us have multiple diagnoses.
Back pain is excruciating...I found some relief with back surgery...there are no guarantees though. Have you been tested for any of the connective tissue diseases...lupus, RA, scleroderma.....or fibromyalgia? Seeing a rheumatologist is a good first step if you have not already...so bloodwork and testing can begin.
I know that distracting pain helps...finding things to help take your mind off the pain is important. Exercise is also important....our muscles start to atrophy when they are not used, causing a lot more pain. Finding ways to reduce stress helps.
A combination of walking, gentle stretching, deep breathing and meditation all help with stress and help your muscles. Heat is also helpful...soaking in a warm tub and using the microwave moist heating pads also help. Walking your little puppy does help :)
Many of us are Vitamin D deficient and take presciption therapy to get our levels back up....being deficient adds to pain. We all are differant and all tolerate meds differantly...what works for one doesn't work for another.
Take some time to look over fibro 101 on the top of the page....lots of great info. One day at a time is mentioned here alot...that is the way to live. I do know how frustrating pain can be and I work hard at trying not to let it rob me of my happiness.
So glad you have joined us, we do understand and we do care!
Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension,
MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma and RA)
Raynaud's, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis,
Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Migraines
"Where there is a will, there is a way"