Long Road to Unhappiness

During pregnancy at 18, I had excruciating nerve pain in my right side. My doctor said, "it will go away". When my daughter was 9 months old, I had pain shooting down my leg and walked with a limp.

I went to a chiropractor who used an illegal treatment on me. He zapped my right sciatic with an outdated electric roller. It decreased the pain, but I became scared of chiropractors and did not go back.

I felt he victimized me and sexually harassed me. He also informed me that I just needed to stretch my hamstrings more.  For the next two years I did just that and took insane amounts of NASID's (aleve).

This was 2003.  In 2007, I had health insurance again and went to my family doctor with complaints of back pain. He sent me to an orthopedic surgeon, who took x-rays of my neck and low back. Both showed mild degeneration. I was only 24 years old.

I was sent to physical therapy. I saw a manual physical therapist for nine months with no major improvement. I had to stop seeing the PT due to insurance.

In 2009, I was in a car accident. I was seen by a physiatrist who prescribed physical therapy. I went for 4 months. The insurance did not want to cover it anymore and it was only giving slight improvement.

The physiatrist informed me that I was depressed and that I need to be on chronic pain medication. I can not take drugs that alter my mental functioning, due to past addiction problems.

I requested to see another doctor who finally approved an MRI on my low back. I now have been diagnosed with a bulging disc and degenerative disease disorder.

I am 26 years old and probably can never have children again. I can't function on a daily basis without excruciating pain. I feel that there is no cure and I will live with this the rest of my life.

- Melanie

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