Hi all! I am almost 53 years old. I am introduced myself to the group. I had a spinal fusion with a Harrington Rod in 1980 at 13 years old. I had back problems, anxiety, fibromyalgia through the years but managed to raise 4 children, work, get a BA in psychology and lead an active life. The past few years since menopause my symptoms got worse. The past 5 months I am in extreme pain and got diagnosed with sagittal plane imbalance with flatback, forminal stenosis, broadbase osteophyte complex, ddd, slipped disc, bulging disc etc… I work as a design consultant in a fast paced sales environment on concrete flooring. My knees, hips joints and of course my back gets worse by the day. My DRs say to suck it up but my performance is failing and I’m getting no sleep and am depressed. I can’t go broke but can’t continue this type of work. I used to sit and it was just as hard because I was stiff.
I don’t tolerate meds too well. GAbapentin makes my breathing weird and flexeril is iffy too. How does everyone handle life in pain? My only option is finding a specialist in revision surgery that’s super risky. Thank you for any information.