I'm new to this so I'm sorry if my post is too long. I just don't know what to do anymore.
I'm a 22 year old male and I've been in chronic pain since I was 15. The pain is mostly in my thighs and lower back. It's hard to describe but I have these long sharp lines of pain in my thighs thats mixed in with this general pain that covers the area. My thighs feel very tense and constricted all of the time, which can be worse than the pain. This also causes me to curl my feet and tense up my legs together. I curl my wrists as well, I never do this intentionally. I have other symptoms too; I get little muscle spasms throughout my body, they don't hurt but they are frequent and isolated. I also have mild psoriasis of the nails. I've been on Norco for about 5 years now; I take 1 of them 4 times a day (10 mg of Hydrocodone and 325 mg of Acetaminophen). These help with the pain but they also help with the constricting of my thighs and legs, which is the worst part. My plan has always been to take these painkillers until I can get a diagnosis from a doctor and get some treatment. After 7 years of going to different doctors they've always concluded that it most likely is some sort of autoimmune disease but really they have no idea. I recently finished seeing a doctor at the NYU Medical Hospital (who was even the teacher for some of the other doctors I've been to) and he just can't figure it out. So now I've given up on a diagnosis. All of this has negatively affected my life in such a way that I can't get anything done anymore. I've been weaning myself off of the Norco lately. It clouds my mind too much. I went to a local college for filmmaking and I started out doing great, but these drugs combined with depression from the pain, have made me pessimistic and apathetic and as a result my grades are awful. I started out with a 3.8 GPA, now I don't even care enough to look at it but at most its a 2.0. I love to writing, but the Norco hinders my creativity. I can't maintain a relationship because all I want to do is lay in bed so I can deal with the pain in a controlled environment. These are just a few ways that this has been affecting me and I need help. If anyone has any suggestions on what my next move should be, it would be greatly appreciated, whether its recommendations on supplements or exercises, or to go for homeopathic remedies, anything, I just don't know what to do anymore. I plan on going to the New York Film Academy next fall and I need to be off the Norco and I need to learn to deal with this pain if I am to have any hopes at succeeding. Thank you for your time and I'll answer any questions you might have.View Thread
I'm new to this so I'm sorry if my post is long, but I'm at my wits end and I just don't know what to do anymore.[br>[br>I'm a 22 year old male and have been experiencing chronic pain since I was 15. The pain is mostly in my thighs and lower back, and occasionally my triceps. Its hard to describe how it feels; there will be sharp, long lines of pain that run down my thighs and/or an overall pain that covers the whole area, it fluctuates in intensity and frequency but its there everyday. I also involuntarily curl my wrists and feet all of the time without realizing, I think it's because of this constriction I feel in my muscles or tendons.[br>I have been to every doctor under the sun and they just cannot find out what the problem is.[br>When I was 17 I had a biopsy done of a thigh muscle (which was negative) and they gave me vicodin after. I had never taken painkillers before so when I took these I was surprised that my all of my pain went away. My plan was to take these until a doctor can find some kind of treatment, but I just finished going to a doctor at the NYU Medical Hospital (who taught most of the other doctors I had been to) and he cannot find the problem so now I've given up on that. Every doctor agrees that it is an autoimmune disease, possibly multiple diseases.[br>I have other symptoms too, such as muscle spasms (that aren't painful, but they're very frequent and isolated).[br>This tense, constricting feeling that I get in my legs is sometimes worse than the pain itself because it makes lay or sit in a contorted position. The vicodin takes care of that as well.[br>I've been taking 1 Norco (10mg Hydrocodone, 325mg Acetaminophen) 4 times a day for about 5 years now.[br>It fogs my mind too much and I can't focus in school. I've always been a fairly intelligent person and my grades were good; now I'm failing because I can't pay attention while my mind is clouded and because the pain is distracting, but I think the main reason is that after all these years I've become very depressed and pessimistic, especially when I think about how I will probably have this pain for the rest of my life. I can't maintain a relationship because I just want to lay in bed all day so I can deal with the pain in a controlled environment such as my room.[br>[br>Currently I'm weaning myself off the Vicodin (because I desperately want my clarity back) and I plan on going to a film academy for school by the end of the year and I can't be on these drugs while I'm there, but I don't know if I can succeed while in such pain.[br>Does anybody have a similar situation? Does anyone know of any supplements that might help with this problem? [br>I'm giving it all I have to get off these painkillers but the pain is too intense sometimes.[br>Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.[br>Thank you for your time.View Thread