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    Posted: Nov/14/2017 at 8:59pm
Good evening all. I am new to this and this is the first I have made an a temp to express my feelings with others except my wife. I am 70 years old and seven years ago I was in a very bad car wreck. The wreck destroyed my total back  from the top of my neck all the way to the L5 vertebra. The damage was so sever that all the doctors say it'e inoperable. I have cervical stenosis in the neck and shoulders, bone spurs on each vertebra, aggressive degenerative spine disease with every joint affected with severe Arthritis. From the l5 damage and without medication I have constant nerve pain the runs all the way to threw both legs. The middle of my back stays in constant severe pain and cervical stenosis gets every thing above my shoulder balds, including the neck and arms. On my good days only one arm is running with nerve pain and the other days it's in both arms.   
    My pain has been very sever as on could imagine and get worse and worse as the years go by. I have a prescription for Oxycodone 3 times a day but I so dislike taking because of the side effects. For this reason i only take it when I have too and the others times I live in misery. The times i take it is if i have to complete most any task such as getting out to the store, to go outside for any reason or basically anything that makes me get up.
    I am a very positive person  but the pain has drug me down so much that lately I find myself very depressed.I It's hard to in vision any kid future for myself.
My questions to you folks is a hard one I know but if you have been in pain and felt like this, how did you handel it      
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Hi Larry and welcome

Many of your spinal issues may not be directly from the accident but from age we all face. But that’s truly not a reason for you to be living in pain.

I understand the side effects of medications. Not good but often we can adjust to them given time. However the pain you are describing maybe be handled with something like Gabapentin or Lyrica (starting out with small doses) and a muscle relaxant.

Also/—-and do important for those of us getting up there in age is some form of exercise—-whatever you can handle. Walking or swimming come to mind/—but just getting up frequently and moving around is so vital.

I look forward to hearing from you again and we will all help you as we get to know you better

Please donate to help continue to help others.

My journey with chronic pain began over 30 years ago, while as a young nurse working spinal rehab, I injured my back lifting a patient. I am now fused from L2-S1. I have multiple thoracic and cervical issues. I'm a retired RN/PA and I know and understand the frustrations on both ends of the treatment spectrum of dealing with CP. It's been my goal since 2008, when we started this site, to reach out and help as many people in pain as possible. We will continue the fight as long as we can. Please, if you can help us continue to help you and others, donate. Thank you.
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Hi Larry, I am so sorry to hear the difficulties you are going through. This could have been me over 10 years ago when I began suffering with spine pain. It was not easy, I can understand perfectly how you feel. It all started with the pain, then it got that couldn't do the things I liked or wanted to do. I started to lose my social connections. My family and friends would not understand when I would tell them I was in pain. The worse thing was when I had to retired early from a job a loved, to do absolutely nothing. My doctor said my condition was inoperable, and that I was going to have to be on pain medication for the rest of my life.

I hated the thought of having to depend on medications for ever, and fought it for as long as I could. I ended up having to give in, and started to try different medications to find something that would help without making me sick. It took me a long time until I found something that helps take the edge of the pain, so that I can function, and live some kind of a life.

Chronic pain changes everything, but it is not the end. It it is necessary to be strong. We learn to adjust. We find ways to survive. It is like learning how to walk all over again. We have to try to do things that we enjoy, sometimes even when it hurts. The results is that afterward we feel useful and fulfilled.

It is good to do things for ourselves . I  like taking a nice hot shower, get a massage, using essential oils, and aroma therapy, watch a good movie, reading a good book, spend time with loved ones, and even getting a good cry once in awhile. Finding a good  hobby is always good. Besides medications, I also try other type of therapies, like hot or cold pads (20 min on, 20 min of), stretching exercises, and resting.  Talk to somebody, anybody who will listen. Don't take it personal if people don't understand. It is very difficult for others to understand what chronic pain is like, unless they have suffered it themselves.

Leaving with chronic pain, will always lead to depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The best thing I've found for these, is to see a counselor or a psychiatrist. I you find one, and you don't find helpful, look for a different one. There are good ones out there that really care, and will listen, but you have to search for them.

Pain medication will help up to a certain point. None of them will leave us pain free. The most you can hope for is something that will take the edge of, just enough for you to go on with your every day life. If you feel that it is not helping at all, you may need a change it, or perhaps increase the dose you are taking. (Difficult to do these days, due to the Opioid problem)

If you are interested, you may want to look at the link below. It is about when I first came to this site, at the beginning of my ordeal. Your post reminded me a lot about it. CHRONIC PAIN 

What ever you do, don't ever lose hope!
Chronic pain throughout the spine caused by osteoarthritis (DDD). Started at neck, spread to thoracic, and lately to lumbar area. Most of my spine is affected by bulges, disc height loss and dehydration, bone spurs, annular tears, foraminal stenosis, probable nerve impingement, and degeneration at end plates and facets.

The disease extends from Cervical C2-3 to C7-T1. Thoracic T4 to T10.
Lumbar T12-L1 to L5-S1.
It is all non operable.

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Torn ACL, MCL L knee,
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