I am 25 years old and here are my physical issues that cause pain: cysts in my left ankle, previous knee injury/surgery, 'nerve' pain where my quadriceps tendon was removed, 3 herniated thoracic discs, 2 herniated lumbar discs, an 'undiagnosed' right lower quadrant abdominal pain that's been going on fot the past 4 years. I have had 2 left ACL reconstructions (1 using my quadriceps tendon and 1 with an allograph), 2 L knee arthroscopies, 2 L ankle arthroscopies, appendectomy, and tonsillectomy. I am in so much pain all of the time so I take pain meds. Well, addiction runs rampant in my family and I am already not doing well with the pain medications. I am so scared to get off the meds because I hurt so bad but I need to stop the pain meds because I take to much and don't know how to take them like normal people. I don't know what to do. I already meditate, use progressive relaxation techniques, take baths, stretch, and I have an inversion table for my back. I also have knee, ankle, and back braces that I use. I need to loose 50lbs, I want to try accupuncture. Any thoughts, help, advice, or anything?
J. Lee from Orlando