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So tired of fighting the pain.

I had an injury while serving my country. I have been to doctors in the states and overseas. Amazing how little military doctors know. I finally (after 5 years get a diagnosis and my doctor tell me that she thinks it's not a good idea to have surgery (cervical spinal stenosis), that is if surgery is required. Just getting her to send me to a specialist was like pulling teeth with a pair of tweezers. Practically impossible at first. Then I finally got a little upset and told her to set me up an appt. with the Orthopedic Surgeon. The pain has gotten worse over the past 5 years and as have all other symptoms and is affecting my motor skills. My appt. is March 12 and I am so looking forward to hopefully finally getting some help and hopefully relief. I just pray that after so long I hope there is any long term damage and nothing that can't be fixed. So tired.


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    After serving our country and not getting medical care. Wow talk about upset me. Im sorry it took 5 years for you to finally get the care you deserve. I myself have dealt with the cervical stenosis with loss of motor skills so I know your pain, Good luck and keep us informed.
  • First thanks for your service. Im so sorry you had to wait so long to see a surgeon i hope he can help you . Good luck and you will find great support on this site welcome Kathy
    Kathy B
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 03/08/2013 - 4:24 PM
    I'll be looking for an update next week. Thank you for your service, you deserve better. I'll add you to my prayers, hopefully proper conservative treatment or something minimal will be able to give you relief.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • You deserve the best care in the world! I pray that you find it. Perhaps if you share what area you live in we can help you find specialists.
  • I absolutely Agree with all of the Upper Posts and I am very Sad to read this, as I understand the Pain, and the Motor Skills. This pain can be so tiring. It just gets to the point where is wears you down to total exhaustion. Please do let us know about your Appointment and Will be praying also for some relief for you!!!

    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • I completely understand your situation only because I was in the same boat. I had the onset of severe shoulder and neck pain after a training injury in 2007 while assigned as a Navy attachment to the Marine Corps. For 5 years I dealt with this pain as the military said it was a muscle issue that may or may not eventually right itself and that I would just have to deal with the pain and hope that it would eventually go away. It never did, the pain would come on and go away and each time it would come on it would last for days sometimes weeks and would be infinitly worse during each new onset. But each time I was given Navy candy (800mg motrin) and sent on my way. This past year, actually right at a year ago now, I started having numbness and tingling in my left hand and forearm. They said it was carpal tunnel and sent me on my way with a 1 month script for neurotin and a wrist brace to wear at night. Did my due diligence and did the one month run of the script. Things go worse, I started losing motor control in my left hand and the numbness/tingling moved down my left leg and into my right hand as well. Went back and the military doc (whom I found out is a PA and not an actual doctor) said hmm that is strange and got me a referral to a neurologist but listed it as a "general" referral instead of immediate. Took 2 months to a see a neurologist and by that point I had issues walking and had multiple areas on my body that were completely numb to touch, heat, and cold. Neurologist said I needed an MRI which the Navy took another month to get for me. The MRI resulted in emergency surgery because my spinal cord was compressed by 90% at C4/5 and C5/6. That surgery was in August then I had a second much larger surgery in December. Finally starting to kind of feel normal and they are starting the process to boot me out on medical discharge or medical retirement depending on how my VA findings go.

    I find myself wishing I had the ability to sue the Naval medical system for malpractice, which sadly I can't. If it had been diagnosed correctly in 2007 who knows I might me just fine now. But instead we get cut rate, cheapest available medical care even though we put ourselves in harms way for the government. I deployed with this issue in 07-08 and just sucked it up. I have lived the past 5 years on alleve. So I completely empathize with your situation and wish you the best. Do not take no for an answer. Push for what you know you need because if you let the military just handle it things can get much much worse. Best of luck.
  • Oh my word... I'm so sorry for what you went through.

    Every time I hear about one of our vets going through something like this it just sends me into a whirlwind of emotions! I'm sad for you and your family for what you have had to go through, I'm embarrassed that my country cannot take better care of their men and women in uniform, I'm angry that they get what seems to be the WORST medical care when they deserve the BEST, and I am grateful that even though we have a flawed system and countrymen that don't fully respect or appreciate you, you STILL served and offered your life for all the rest of us back home.

    I pray that you get the care you deserve now. Godspeed.
  • I have taken the approach at looking at this as a "you get what you pay for" type mentality. I do not pay for medical insurance so why should I expect top notch care? Should it be that way? No way in hell because we run our bodies through the gambant. Many times it has been discussed in the military community that when we retire after 20 plus years our bodies have easily gone through double or triple that in damage. But hey, I volunteered for it so I suppose in the end it is simply my fault. I should have faught harder to get the care I know I needed earlier on but we get the idea of "suck it up and push through" hardwired into our brains very early on. But anyway, I hope the OP returns. I sent him/her some info via PM that could be useful as a vet.
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