Hello all, and Happy Holidays.
I'm going to try to make this brief, but I know it wont be.
Here is my situation.
I am a 37 yr old male. I live in NYC. I had a great life until July of 06.
While standing on the corner of 17th and 9th ave, waiting for a cab to take me home, a ridiculous fight broke out behind me. I knew none of the people involved, and every voice in my head was telling me to not get involved. After watching at least ten people exchange blows, women and men, I observed one sane person trying to break it up. There was also one large insane person that was seriously messing people up. When the sane guy tried to calm the insane guy, the insane guy punched him so hard that he spun around in a circle, teeth flying out of his mouth, and hit the concrete face first.
I didn't have time to think, I just threw myself on top of him before anything else could happen to him. I don't remember anything else, but apparently the insane guy treated my head like a soccer ball.
He fractured my jaw in three places, broke both of my cheek bones, and my nose.
A year later I was hit by a drunk driver( I was a pedestrian), while crossing Flatbush Ave. in Downtown Brooklyn. I fractured my skull, lost my ability to spell small words, broke three vertebrae in my lower back, broke my collar bone, my right arm, three ribs, several bones in right foot, my right shoulder, and tore my left Acl.
Determined to make the best out of a bad situation, and not give in to fear, I decided to get a sport touring bike, my guitar, and a camera, and make a documentary about traveling and playing my way from NYC to Buenos Aries.
I met with and secured an agent in Mexico, and planned my get away. On my way to fix a minor detail with the bike, a couple weeks before my departure, I was T-boned by a gypsy cab. He hit me so hard that he shattered the engine block. It was a miracle I got my leg out of the way without being crushed, then went flying about twenty yards through the air, and landed feet first before crumbling to the ground. I broke several bones in my left foot, and almost completely tore the ribbon (planter's plate) that holds the foot together. There was no no fault insurance, so I had to pay for my medical, and had to walk like that for almost an entire year.
The surgery was painful and complicated resulting in a staff infection.
After that accident.. things changed. I started having pains that didn't make sense, and my over all attitude began to decline.
A year later, while on vacation with my girlfriends family in Branson Missouri, I was hit once again, from completely out of nowhere, while riding another bike. Up to this point I had refused to give into fear, but have now stopped riding. The guy that hit me did not have insurance. This time I broke my right leg and tore the right acl. So.. another surgery lots of pain...blah blah blah.
So over the course of this bad stretch, I was on and off pain meds. After every accident, things began to hurt worse... things I had never actually injured, like my ankles and groin (hips). I know that they had been taxed by all the stress, but this pain was bad.. and I know what bad pain is at this point.
So I was taking fifteen mg of percocet a day. Not much, but I was comfortable with it, and it allowed me to function. Still in pain, but functioning. About four months ago things just started to get worse and worse. More pain in my ankles, and groin, and now the neck... and migraines every day. It wasn't tolerance to the medication, because every month I would completely stop taking my meds for at least three days.
So I would see my orthopedic Dr., and a few other doctors, telling them about these pain issues, and they would basically say, "you have been through too much" I just learned to live with it... until the migraines.
All of this time I had never had a MRI done of my back or neck. I had back pain from the fractures, but I could live with it, and I had been a stone mason, when I was younger, and thought that was a contributing factor.
But the migraines, the hip pain, my ankles and knees were getting worse.
So, the MRI revealed a disaster. In fact... I'm not sure how Ive done as well as I have. It showed 4 herniated disks in my neck, one in the upper back, and two more lumbar. I don't know much more right now, I just got the results Thursday.
These accidents have left me unable to really work for more that five hours at a time, at very minimum motion jobs, I have not been able to get regular insurance, and am now on medicaid. My medicaid doctors are...well.. medicaid doctors, and I'm worried about what kind of care I am going to receive. I'm worried about a lot of things actually, and am beginning to think I need to file for disability.
Any suggestions or advise will be greatly appreciated. Advise such as treatment, medications (the 15 mg percs have not been cutting it for a while) or filing for some kind of financial aid. 'Im so broke, I have to walk to my Dr. appts... and by the time I get home, I cant stand up any longer.
Oh, and my penis is constantly falling asleep. Standing, sitting, lying down. No disfunction, no std's, it just goes numb... this causes a great deal of stress. Anyone experience this also?
Thanks in advance, and happy holidays.