I've had chronic pain for nearly 6 years now. It started with acute sciatic pain, then after back surgery to relieve the sciatic pain, I had major issues with my SI joint. Ever since then it has been a life of pain in my spine, back, down the legs and feet. My right shoulder is constantly in pain too but I think that is from only being able to lay on my right side when I sleep, which is not too often.
The leg and especially the foot pain is like my toes being cut off or that I am being electrocuted with a cattle prod. The intermittent electrical shards fire off all over my feet and toes and was once only on the left leg and foot and is now in the right leg and foot too.
My diagnosis is that I have stenosis in several locations, arthritis, medium disk bulges, missing disks in the low back, spine spurs, etc etc. In other words my back is a mess. Lessen learned from years of abusing my body doing some extreme sports.
I now have to take 160mg Oxyneo, 4 to 8 percocet, 2 anti-inflammatory, 4 muscle relaxers and 300mg Lyrica daily to try and manage the pain. The Lyrica works fairly well but when combined with all the other meds it leaves me feeling very medicated and like I am detached from my body and floating. Without the medication I would not survive the pain.
I have tried so many different types of alternative medicines with no avail.
I will be going to a pain group which is set up at the local hospital. They supposedly will teach you to manage your pain with your mind. I will also be trying a new alternative medicine in the fall, that's the first opening, which involves using Hormone replacement. Apparently testosterone is a natural anti-inflammatory and the hormone replacement has shown to reduce pain in some patients, I'm 55 and its likely my testosterone levels are lowering. I know a guy, 50 years old, who has had success with this treatment from his chronic neck pain that was caused by a car accident.
I am interested in hearing any success stories on how others manage their pain and I will keep posts on the success of these other alternatives that I am trying.