When I was 18, my doctor said to me, "you have the spine of a 70-year old woman." I didn't take it as a compliment.
Unfortunately, it was true. At 16, my lower back started to degenerate at an accelerated speed. There seemed to be no reason for this. I was in no accident and only participated in non-impact bearing sports. I hadn't even ever been on a horse!
I am now 29 (way too close to 30 for my comfort) and I've become quite adept at this whole"chronic pain" thing. I've had multiple back surgeries and pain management procedures and have been on long-term opiate therapy for years. Still, the pain is there. I have to hand it to this pain...it's quite tenacious.
In January of 2009, I had a neurostimulator implanted as another tool to help me manage the pain. It was quite an ordeal and I'm still recovering but now I get to say that I'm bionic.
In my blog, CHRONIC STIMULATION, I write about my experience with neurostimulation and chronic pain. Thus far, my readers include other patients with stimulators, patients who are considering stimulators, family members or friends of patients considering stimulators and also individuals with chronic pain (who have no interest in neurostimulation).
I talk about many issues pertinent to the neurostimulation process but I also talk about things that apply to patients living with chronic pain. Additionally, I chronicle much of my day-to-day life (but I have to warn you...my life is not that exciting).
Oh, and here's a little bit more about me:
I'm a woman (though, I feel like a girl). I'm an attorney and I work part-time from home, when I can. I'm married (to an awesome man that does my laundry and makes me laugh). I have a black Labrador Retriever and I'm not ashamed to say that he's one of my best friends. I like baked goods. Scratch that, I lust after baked goods...especially pie. I love to travel. I'm obsessed with books and can spend hours in a book-store. I'm an ocean person. I like fancy make-up.
Finally, having a sense of humor is what gets me through life.
Please come visit my blog. I'd love to have you!