Life With Chronic Pain
As a teenager, Michael Davis was a competitive soccer player, a runner, and “a bit of a daredevil.”
Around this time, he remembers, a dull, throbbing ache took hold in his back. He didn’t think much of it at first. But after a few years, the ache had escalated to frequent headaches and shooting pain, first down his right leg, then into his neck and shoulders. His daily life was marked by chronic discomfort and pain.
Years after the first signs, X-rays revealed the culprit to be earlier, undiagnosed fractures in Davis’ lower vertebrae. The initial injury had healed, but the damage left nerves still signaling pain, which spread and worsened.......