Hey there everybody! I am so grateful to find this website. I had my first microdiscectomy (L5SI) when I was 16 years old. I still have numbness down my leg and foot and pretty consistent low back pain from the arthritis that has developed around the surgery site. I'm currently 26.
In May of this year, I was in a car wreck two days before my wedding. I have a disc herniation at C3C4, a bulging C5C6 and central cord syndrome. I've taken vicodin, oxycodone and pregnesone so far. Nothing has seemed to help. I've been in a C-collar for the past 2 months, which is getting really uncomfortable and itchy. I've got an appointment with the neurosurgeon in two weeks to discuss treatment.
I'm in graduate school and have had to struggle this term to keep up with my school work while woozy on pain meds, trying to keep my head up for 3 hours at a time to attend classes. I can't drive, so I am taking public transit an hour each way to class-which is not the most pleasant for my neck. I feel isolated from all of my peers who don't understand how hard it is for me to deal with all of this.
I've retained a personal injury lawyer to help with this whole mess. I am so nervous that it will get messy because of my preexisting back issues. If I don't get a settlement, I have no idea how I will pay the mounting healthcare costs. My student insurance is basically crap and has never covered anything related to my back.
We went ahead with the wedding and my new husband has been amazingly supportive. However, he doesn't really understand the pain I'm going through and I need a community of people who can relate to me. I feel a bit better just writing all of this out.
I will try and be a good newbie and not post questions without first searching the vast database and threads first. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and hopefully we can be of some comfort to each other.
Thanks for reading