I have a real problem and need any advice I can get. As you may remember from a previous post, I've been diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease. Basically, my disks are melting away somewhere in my back, and lower back pain rules my life. I can find no type of pain medication that I can tolerate and still function. Most prescription meds either send me into a coma, or make me so nauseas I'm miserable, or both. The pain is increasing, and simple chores such as a short trip to Walmart for groceries is fast becoming a real issue. By the time I am checked out, I can hardly move my back without excruciating pain. (And I look like I'm 100 years old as I walk to the car.) Most of the time, just sitting down relieves the pain, but if it's too severe, even that doesn't help so much.
Have any of you out there dealt with this? If so, can you tell me how you deal with it? Any medical folks out there who have any suggestions, I'm all ears. I was told by a friend who works at a physical therapy clinic to do two simple exercises. I was given Ultram for the pain, but can't take that. (See above) OTC meds are not helping, except Excedrine dulls it a little bit. My stomach is fast becoming raw hamburger with all I've tried to take. I've tried walking for exercise and by the time I get back to the house, I'm almost in tears.
I really don't like the thought of driving that weird wheelchair around Walmart, making folks get out of my way and hogging the aisle. And I know if I ever start something like that, I will deteriorate at a much faster pace. So, gentle readers.....suggestions anyone?