My name is Candace. I am a 42-year-old mom of one boy. He is 13. We are living in Georgia at this time. I am suffering from severe disc disease and fibromyalgia. I have been told that I need to see a rheumatoid doctor.
I live in constant pain. My neck and lower back are both effected by protruding discs. I feel like my life has been robbed and I worry what life will be like for me in 20 years. I am a CNA. I take care of people who can’t take care of themselves. I constantly wonder if I will be one of the people who cannot do anything for themself in a few years. I am scared! All I can do is keep going and keep trying to make it. Sometimes, when I have flare-ups, I can hardly even walk.
Other than that, I just ache and my neck and shoulder hurt really bad. It’s miserable. I hope if you are experiencing anything like this, or if you are young, you realize that if you lift heavy objects incorrectly that you are putting yourself at risk for this type of problem. Be careful and treat your body good while you are young because disc problems do not always get better, and you have to live with the disc problems for a long time. I am going on 10 years now with mine.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.