Chronic Pain Testimonies
Real stories of individuals dealing with chronic pain
My Name is Anne-Marie, and this is My Story...
I am among the millions of people whose lives have been afflicted by chronic pain...
I’ll never forget that day on March 29, 2009. I woke up to the most intense pain in my legs and lower back and could barely manage to walk. It came on suddenly, without warning, and intensified so quickly that I had to call in sick to work. My husband rushed me to the Emergency Room. After a series of tests such as x-rays, blood work, and other procedures they sent me home with undefined muscle pain.
In the years to follow, I underwent test after test, such as bone scans, nerve conduction studies, brain scans (to rule out MS), X-Rays, and other procedures but because the doctors could not find the source of the pain, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I went to chiropractors, physical therapists and tried alternative healing methods but to no avail. I went from doctor to doctor desperate for answers. I knew there had to be another reason for the pain I was having.
I eventually had to quit my job and go on disability. I filed for medical bankruptcy because I couldn’t keep up with the medical bills and went into financial ruin. For the next five years, I struggled with the most horrific and agonizing pain imaginable. I couldn’t dress myself or leave the house and was bedridden. I was in agony 24 hours of the day, and no one could tell me why. I depended solely on my husband to care for me. During this time, I was prescribed Fentanyl and Methadone, and became addicted to narcotics.
Finally, in December 2015, they took an MRI of my lower back and found I had spinal stenosis. At last I had a reason for the pain! Finding the source of pain was vital and the first step to my recovery.
I later had back surgery (Laminectomy) to clear out the spinal stenosis, but I have Degenerative Facet Arthropathy (arthritis) in my lower spine. Because it is a progressive disease, I will be facing more back surgeries in the years to come. It is also present in my hips and knees. Living with arthritic pain, or any kind of chronic pain is very difficult and challenging.
Today, after over coming years of seclusion, isolation, drug addiction and depression, I surrendered my life to Jesus. I have found my way back, but only by the grace of God.
I hope my story will serve as an inspiration to others who may be living with chronic pain and to know you’re not alone. The fear and anxiety from pain is real, but if you give your life to Jesus, you will find strength and comfort in Him.
“I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God”…
— Anne-Marie Nelson
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