Hello I am new to this site but long time pain patient. I played football for 12 years, a powerlifter for
8 years after that. Before the car accident 7 years ago all I have had up until then was ACL Reconstruction. After the car accident I had C5 & C6 Fusion, RT Shoulder Capsule Repair, and two more knee surgeries. They were just scopes. Piece of cake right. The back injury was only bad enough to send me to pain management.
Let me back up for just a second. The car accident was a workers comp case and two years to get through. Two years in house prison. Which would be fine if I were a lazy person. My point here is I already know what it is like to not be useful. And for a man that is not a confidence booster.
Fast forward to the present day. I wake up, go to the gym and then go to work. I had some discomfort but thought it was normal for me. Less than two hours into the day, pain level was rising, and on its way to a 10. I started by going to my chiropractor. He stated he could not help me. He felt I might have herniated a disc. Advised I call my PM Doc. So I did and they said to go to the ER. Was Lucky enough to get an MRI while I was there.
Did not receive any good news. Was advised to go see a surgeon. Went yesterday and was told that there was nothing he could do surgically. What horrible news to hear. Especially when there are three discs that are in bad shape. One herniated down into the vertabrae and caused it to fractured. My pain level is so bad I am currently screaming.
I am getting closer to the point here. Being a fighter I did not leave the doctors office on the best terms. So I found a neorosurgeon to look over my films. At this point I feel he is my last hope. And I have not even met the man. Why you ask? Because if my pain level is not reduced significantly very soon, I could possibly have to leave my job that I truly love. Where I make a difference. Where I am some what happy because I am apart of something. Which if that happens I would have to go on disability. A drain on those around me and once again stuck in house prison. Which I will not do. I will be at the end of my rope if I am left with having to deal with this much pain for any amount of time. I feel that there is only one option left. I definitely struggle with this option because of growing up in a Christian home.
How do people make it with unbearable pain? How do they make it without contributing to society? How do people make it sitting in a house day after day not living, only existing?
I am at the end of my rope!
Prayers are appreciated. And any good lucks with the neoro doc. It is the only hope I have at the moment. I must get back to work and survive.