Where can I go from here?
I’m struggling finding a doctor who will listen to my concerns intently. If you seen me, you wouldn’t know how badly I hurt constantly. I’m only 32, but I grew up in a somewhat tragic situation. I have had multiple injuries that were never properly treated, and now I feel so alone. This whole lengthly process is wearing me down mentally and physically. I can’t be me anymore. This pain has been a constant struggle since January 2023, which came from no particular rhyme or reason. I have S shaped scoliosis, bone spurs, bulging discs, thoracic radiculopathy, loss of cervical lordosis with kyphosis, straightening of lumbar lordosis, mid-thoracic scoliosis curvature measured at approximately 15 degrees to the right.
My pain is constant, unrelenting, and intense. Bending forward helps for a few seconds, but I cannot stay in this position for long. I have tried pain management without the use of narcotics. I had to two medial branch blocks, several trigger shot (dextrose) injections, chiropractic adjustments, 12 weeks of physical therapy, tens unit, lidocaine patches. Medications that have been prescribed for possible pain relief: Tizanidine, Mobic, Duloxetine, Naproxen, Methocarbamol, Vitamin D.
You name it, i have definitely tried it with my doctor’s recommendation of course.
I have not been successful in finding a medical professional willing to dive into the clinical cause of my pain. Most have dismissed my pain, because “scoliosis does not cause pain.” My pain is exactly where my thoracic scoliosis starts to curve around T6-T9, which feels warm to the touch, accompanied by visible swelling in the area.
Just recently I had an open MRI, which revealed multiple bone spurs in the same area my pain is coming from.
What is the best possible solution for my spine pain, when all conservative treatments have failed?
Surgery sounds invasive to some, but for me, I disagree.
I don’t think living the rest of my life burdened by this excruciating pain is a choice anyone would want….