Hello!! I'm a 49 yrs old who honestly can never remember a time without pain. My family says even as a baby I was in pain, diagnosed with underdeveloped joints, different leg length legs (I had those ugly white high top shoes forever!!!) Eventually my knees started to dislocate, and to 'cure' me my Orthopedic Surgeon, a respected sports doctor, performed (on each leg) a bilateral tendon transplant--at the age of 12 and again at 13, he took the tendon from the back of my leg, removed the cartalidge from the knee and made a place for the patella to sit, then used the tendon to hold it in place. No one considered that I would be bone on bone. At 25 I had my right quad repositioned. Neither of these procedures are done any more.
I also have been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome (type 2 diabetes, among other things). Would have been nice had that diagnosis and a treatment come before a hysterectomy LOL.
So, I walk with a cane (which, hey a walker, crutches or a chair might be better when out, I need a gait assessment), I try very hard to be a glass half full type of gal--but, I am on day 3 of pain being a 10 of 10 since that is the rating with no relief. I tried the cortisone injection into the back (won't be doing that again). I did this before, but I didn't have this response. Actually, I had no response with it, but it was higher.
I know this is long, and I apologize. I sincerely hope 'if I can give someone support I won't concentrate on my own pain' (how is THAT for the strangest advice you have been given for dealing with pain?????). I reall have been in pain for so long, that my 'baseline' is a 7-8, and an excellent day now is a 6 (yeah, I don't have those really anymore 😢)
Thanks for letting me chat a little!! Hope everyone is having an ok-ish day!!!