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Using a wheelchair due to chronic back pain

Feb 22, 2016 6:50 PM


I have had chronic pain issues my entire life. I am nearly 50 now and over the past 8 years things have gotten progressively worse. After years of going to doctors and looking for the cause of all this I finally got to a spine and Pain Center. After numerous tests and a couple of MRI they found some spinal problems. Some bulging in compressed discs, some arthritis, stenosis and scoliosis. The usual slew of degenerative back issues. I have other problems as well that they can't point a finger at a physical cause for. Doctors blame it on fibromyalgia or asymptomatic migraines sleep apnea you name it I've got it. So my pain has been daily and has limited the things I can do day today for many years. In the past 3 years I have stopped being able to sit in any chair other than special one, they have stopped being able to do normal grocery shopping or housework without extreme pain, and stop being able to drive any distance without extreme pain. Ability to go to workand the types of work I can do. My doctor has me taking various opioids daily to control pain. This works pretty well and manages my pain it does not however allow me to do all the things I need to do to be regular. I finally decided to get a wheelchair to allow me to recline and put my feet up and to be pushed from place to place when I can't walk. Having a chair also allows me to use it as a walker and I have my Recliner everywhere I go to take pressure off of my back and relieve pain. I have not gone to the office in quite some time I called up our HR people today and talk to them about coming in one day a week. Now that I have the chair it was not an option before. Is anyone else in this position if so could you share with me your experiences and how you're getting your head around the whole thing. Did really doesn't number on your head.

Feb 22, 2016 8:17 PM

I have several pain conditions myself that doctors haven't even been able to diagnose yet. with me I've been in a wheelchair off and on for a couple of years now. I can't walk very far I can't run anymore stairs are a challenge and I find that with my wheelchair I am able to go places again and entertain myself at the movies stuff like that. I'm on gabapentin 600 and and ultram 50 milligrams. Given that I started off a relatively healthy person able to walk anywhere do anything and I've just gotten worse and worse to the point that I'm in my wheelchair it does take a toll on your mental health because you want to go and do things you want to be with your friends who want to be able to do everything that everybody else does but the hard harsh reality is you can still do those things but you have to take into consideration your limits. And that's the hardest part

Feb 22, 2016 8:38 PM

Welcome HngryTgr! You are right in our chronic pain issues doing a number on our minds. I was able to work until 2010, but due to surgery complications and continued declining health I've gone from a fairly good healthy working person, to barely able to get to my doc appts o my own. I can't drive more than 20-30 minutes. I now need a cane, walker, or scooter to get around. My brain has gone to mush due to fibro fog & dementia/memory loss. It took me 4 years to accept is never work again and put in for disability. And coming to grieve for my list life and accept my new normal life has been hard. I'm not in a wheelchair, but my hubby & I have discussed the possibility, of what we're do, as our home isn't handicapped friendly. I've found that pacing between activities is very important, because I get very short of breath if not. It could be my asthma or vascular issues, but resting often helps. I hope you find the support you need here. You'll be in my prayers, with hugs, & love. 🙂💕🙏🌼

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