So...almost three years ago I got in a bad snowboarding accident. It was ironically right after I got back from Afghanistan (I also hurt my back a couple of years ago so I think it was the icing on the cake.) I went to doctor after doctor after doctor. They kept saying I just had muscle spasms and a bulged disc. I did physcial therapy for a year, injection, medication,etc. I've just kept getting worse. In Feb 2008, I sent my MRI down to my dad's friend in Houston. He is a spine specialist. He sent back a report saying I had a torn disc and various other issues. He also said that I need to see a spine specialist. Well, my military doc through it out of my medical records and sent me to pain management. All I got there was addicted to pills and injections three times a week for a year (that didn't do any good) I went there for another year. My back got so bad that in Feb 2009, they sent me to a medical unit. Since then, I've been waiting to get to the right doctor. I had my dad's friend send the report back to make sure I got to one like him. I just now got to one in October of last year. He ran a bunch of tests and sent me back to pain management! It's been really hard. The military has Tricare for health insurance so the docs we go to aren't top notch. I'm at a loss of what to do right now. I have a torn disc, severe left SI joint probelms, left hip problems, and a bunch of trigger point spasms all over the lower part of my back. It's rediculous! I honestly don't know how I've gone on this far. This new doctor doesn't want to acknowledge my torn disc. First off, he is underestimating my severe issues. Second, he won't even do the test to confirm it because he thinks I'm too young. Just to give you an idea of how desperate I am. If my injury where in one of my limbs, I would have them amputate it. I want to fly to Houston and go see my father's friend. He knows the right tests to do, understands the damage I have, and knows how to fix it. My dad has wanted me to do this for a long time. However, I didn't want him to have to pay for it. Now it looks like I have no other choice. The Army decided to medically discharge me without fixing me. My pain management doctor (after telling me there was no cause for my pain, which I've been hearing for 3 years) said she's going to give me injections in my facet joints. She said if that doesn't work then it is my disc and she'll send me back to the surgeon!!! I couldn't believe my ears! For all those out there that think there's no hope....DON'T GIVE UP! THERE WILL BE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!! My faith in God is what's gotten me through this. I am also
so thankful that I have such a wonderful dad. If it wasn't for him, I don't know where I would be right now!!! So there's the long story and that was made short...lol.