About Me: Female, 66, Paradise, CA, member since Oct 2011
I am a 60 year old woman who had surgery for severe scoliosis about six years ago, in order to save my organ functioning, which was becoming affected by my curve. I knew I would have pain but did not realize how severe it would become and that it would become chronic. I
[More] am scared of the side effects of the nerve pain meds I have read about. I try to alternate moist heat and low dose codeine but I am so dysfunctional. I rarely go anywhere but locally and my ventures out don't last long. I am living with my elderly parents and want so badly to help them more than I do. I joined this forum to exchange experiences and maybe find some ways of coping. Sometimes I just lie here and cry, but I do try to hide it. Adding to my profile 9/22/12. I've tried tramadol ER for a few months now, but recently found myself reaching for it more often than the doctor prescribed. Too addictive. I am going off it. Starting 4th day without it.
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