thanks for the kind words . I have never tried the patches that you mentioned. I have tried gabopentin and it did work pretty well in higher doses. That is one of the options that I will probably talk about when I go back to my doctor. I am not planning on making an appointment for at least another 5-6 weeks. I think I want to just give myself some time to see if my body will deal with the pain better and go from there. If not, then I can try the options that have been suggested.
As for the anxiety, I think you are spot on. Its amazing how different I feel based solely off of my attitude. If I am stressed about something or think ahead of time that I'm going to have a bad night sleeping, that's exactly what happens. I'm trying to stay positive and not over think how I feel or give my pain too much thought. Its just pain and it won't kill me LOL
I think getting into a different job would probably be best long-term but it's just a little scary to think about. This was my first and only job I have ever worked at. I've been there since I was 16 and it feels like forever to me its definately worth looking into though. My company has a great tuition reimbursement program however I would struggle with my current hours and responsibility so that would have to be something I decide on and change positions. Definately a lot to think about but if JD can do it, so can I!! LOL
Thanks again for your support. You guys are awesome