I took a bad fall before Christmas, I lost all feeling in my foot from my neuropathy and when I stood up I went face first down onto a hard floor landing on my bad knee and wrenching my back. Since then I've had incredible pain in my knee and back. I have seen my PCP twice, the first time she put me on a mild muscle relaxant for 2days which had no results, then she put me on prednisone for 6 days, again, no results. She referred me to an orthopedic doctor for a consult, but it was taking a little while to get seen there. On Saturday the pain was severe, I had spent the majority of the previous 2 days in bed, unable to even sit up. I went to the ER where I was told "go see your PCP on Monday" and sent home.
Yesterday, Monday, I saw the orthopedic doctor and had xrays of my spine to see what was causing so much pain. I have severe degenerative arthritis. There really is no cure or nothing much that they can do for it. He has referred me back to the Pain Center I was seeing for my knee pain, and to Physical Therapy for my back, and told me to take Ibuprofen 800mg twice a day.
Here's the problem, as a lot of you know, I've really been working on an attitude adjustment and working hard to be positive and uplifting. Since I've had all this pain, I'm finding the darkness starting to wander back in. I'm fighting it off the best I can but it is really hard. I'm really afraid now that I might sink back into depression again. Chronic pain often leads to depression.
Guess I just needed to vent. Thanks. Heidi
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