I've had chronic back pain for almost 4 years now. I apparently, somehow, injured it in childbirth. My pain specialist isn't sure exactly what's causing the pain. He thinks it might be a combination of my hips rotated, epidural damage, and scoliosis. To compound matters, I have a herniated disc in my neck that contributes to sore muscles in my neck and shoulders that causes tension headaches.
I'm on painkillers daily to deal with the pain. I sometimes have a lot of difficulty coping because I'm only 28 years old and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight for this pain. And I've tried everything I can think of to help the pain: yoga, acupuncture, chiropractor, physical therapy, massage. But it never gets better. The doctor said it could be forever.
It's hard because I am so young and I can't do the things that people my age do and I can't do many of the things I used to enjoy. I can't go running or dancing anymore. Simply going grocery shopping is so painful for me. It makes it hard to enjoy life when the pain never ceases. And it's difficult to be on painkillers all the time because they make me sleepy and decrease my motivation and concentration. My son is now almost 4 and it's not easy taking him places and playing with him. And I don't think I'll be able to give him a baby brother or sister.