I'm new to this app and figured I would give it a try to see if logging my pain reveals any trends which may help me avoid triggers or at least get a better sense of aggravating factors.
I am 35 and have had back issues since I was a kid of 8 years old. By the time I was in my teens I was in enough regular pain to see someone about it on a regular basis. It got progressively worse over Rhea years but about 2-3 years ago the pain became excruciating and relentless. I got my first MRI which revealed multi level disc bulging and resulting stroke as well as significant disc degeneration and arthritic issues. I have tried every treatment I'm aware of at this point with very little if any relief. I did a surgery consult and the recommendation was to not go That route. The surge basically said he can fix maybe the stroke issue Temporarily but I won't see a ton of relief because I still have the other two issues. He said in his experience guys with multiple issues like me don't end up seeing much benefit to outweigh the cost, recovery time and invasiveness.
I have been taking Norco and tramadol on. And off for the past few years but neither really provide much relief. The pain doc I was seeing retired and now I'm looking for a new one in the chicago area. So far the ones I have visited have been Horrible. No ome seems to care about my medical history, MRI or pain levels. They all treat me like I'm a Junkie shopping for pills even when I'm not asking for any. Also they all say the same thing, I'm too young to have problems like this and to go take some Tylenol and ill be fine. But at the same time they want me to keep coming back to do useless procedures we have already established don't work. I can only imagine they are just looking for billable proceedures to charge my insurance.
Is this seriously our Healthcare system now? I'm absolutely beside myself and not sure I can keep pushing through life like this. I'm at the point where I'm considering going on disability so I can lay in bed all day and minimize my pain but that to me is essentially giving up bit I feel like its hopeless.