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Degenerative disc disease
I have degenerative disc disease cervical and lumbar,plus my spine is fused from birth in the centre. The pain is chronic,I use a stick and wear a neck collar to take pressure of my spine,but not all day thankfully,I'm married my husband works,I have had to retire fairly youngish from work about 9 years ago,the pain is now severe in my left leg and knee,parts of my skin are numb on arm and right leg. I get really depressed that no one can see how difficult it is for me and dont see my disability,I am still expected to carry on doing everything I used to,although my family know my diagnosis,its pain 24/7 and sleeping is difficult I have pain everywere in my body,but still cheerful,it isnt going to change so i refuse to let it rule who i am personality wise. The other issue is never getting visits or messages from friends anymore and being at home all day with no company or anyone to go and do anything with,i never thought life could get so lonely,any suggestions?