I don't get on here as much as I'd like. Pain. Job. Life. But man, what a blessing this web-site, community is. Thanks for being here for us, Mayo!
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Nov 18, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain
I am the Associate Pastor at Second Baptist, Pasadena, TX. I am also a student at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX. I am 58 years old, a recovering alcoholic (25 years!), and I love to write!
I am married to my wife Lynette (29 years) and we have a daughter who lives and teaches in the Dallas area (graduated from Baylor!).
My struggle has been going on for ten plus years. The most recent diagnosis is eight herniated discs, two pinched nerves, and severe arthritis. The pain has been increasing almost daily. But it's really my legs that are giving me the biggest problem. Being a Pastor, as well as a student, I am always on the move. Not so much of late. There's so much more that I want to share, it's hard to put into words. The pain gets so bad is simply overwhelms me. Stops me in my tracks.
My mantra: "I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)
I want (must) keep a positive attitude. An attitude of gratitude.
A lot has changed over the years, the main one being I'm not able to do what I feel God has called me to do. Which really brings in a lot of questions at times, as I let the enemy whisper in my ear. My eyes are fixed, however, on the Lord.
When things get really bad I like to listen to praise music. The Bible on Audio. Play with my doggy … Faith!
That's pretty much it in a nut-shell. A lot more I'd like to share. Things about meds and treatments and all (I've tried just about everything, or at least is seems so). It hurts to type so I'm going to stop now.
One final word … so thankful to find this community!
Blessings to all.
Greetings, all. I am a member of "My Chronic Pain Team" website but stumbled on the page as well, so I thought this would be a good place to seek an opinion. Or two.
Here's what i posted there (wondering what you guys think as well):
My surgeon said no surgery. Said he didn't think it was necessary. I got to say, with so many other doctors saying I need surgery, and the pain getting worse, not to mention quality of life, I was a bit taken back, and disappointed.MRI report below, in case some of you haven't seen it:IMPRESSION:
Moderate degenerative canal stenosis and moderate bilateral foraminal
narrowing at L3-L4.
Mild multilevel canal stenosis and foraminal narrowing at L2-L3 and L4-L5.
Disc degeneration from L2 through L5 most significant at L3-L4 with Modic
type I changes.