Like each of you, I am not very unique. When I first awake in the morning, I think, "Oh, My God, I do not have any pain today!" Then I stand up and that old familiar pain jabs at my neck and then I realize that I indeed am not healed at all! I think how wonderful it would be to have a day free of pain and the worry about the future.
2 years ago I fell from a ladder and my troubles began. The conservative approach for months did not help and eventually ended up having an ACDF with fusion for c4/c5. Afterwards, I had a year and a half of a normal life again. Pain free and loving each moment that I was alive.
Then in December of last year, I was rear-ended at a stop sign. The woman was only driving a few miles per hour and just bumped my car. Two days later, that old familiar pain started to return with a ferociousness worse than the last.
So, it was back to the NS, physical therapy and all the other conservative pleasures of life and still, the pain does not ease.
I have just started all the MRI, myelograms EMG again. The process is so very slow and seems to last forever. I still do not know what exactly my issues are yet until all the tests come back and I meet with the NS at the end of the month....
But, nobody but the rest of us know how it feels to be constantly in pain. I am not fun to be around anymore. I am suffering at work because I have to take pain pills to get through the day.
I can't wash my own floor, lift my own laundry and make love to my spouse but nobody understands....
I guess I am a bit down and depressed. How do you all get through the day???? How do you all go to work everyday? How do you all have a normal life?