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Scoliosis surgery and the chronic pain aftermath

I had back surgery for my scoliosis when I was 16 years old and I am now 30 years old.  I have been living in chronic pain since the surgery and now have Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease to add to that pain.  I have been through several primary care doctors over the years who seem to belittle my reports of pain.  I have tried antidepressants, muscle relaxants, neurological medications, and non-narcotic medications for the pain as prescribed by doctors, yet still nothing seems to help.  The pain has not lessened one bit, in fact, it just seems to get worse.  All I want is for the pain to stop.  Every doctor I see tells me that they don't want to try me on a narcotic type medication because they fear me becoming addicted.  At this point, I would rather be addicted to the pain medication than have to deal with this pain.  I can't stand for more than 15 minutes at a time without it killing me, which makes WalMart trips a real chore (or anything involving standing for long periods of time for that matter).  I have never seen a pain specialist and I wonder if that might be my best route at this point.  But then again I fear that they will just give me that same run around I have been getting from all my PCP's over the past 14 years.  I tired of being tired because I can't sleep because of the pain.  I am tired of being exhausted when I get off work.  I am tired of not being able to do any normal activity without feeling pain all the time.  My pain is primarily in my lower back, neck, and shoulders.  I continue to have muscle spasms as well in my lower back that radiates down my legs.  PLEASE HELP!!!  I am running out of options and I have so much more of life to live.  I would like to be able to enjoy it.  Thank you for any help you can provide.
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