Hi all fellow pain sufferers.
My name is Judy and I turned 50 2 wks ago between 2 lots of back surgery.
Started 2011 in July when a car in front of skidded on a wet greasy road, pouring rain at night, hit a street lamp pole which promptly fell across the top of the windscreen of our car. In the split second before I had leaned forward to put the street atlas off my knee onto the floor - we were in a strange city away for the weekend. So I was unsupported and my back suffered a sever jolt from the impact down onto the car and then a jolt the other way as the pole slid over the roof off the boot of the car landed on the road and bounced up hitting under the car.
My husband was ok as he was sitting with his back against the seat and hands on the steering wheel. His parents in the back were asleep so their backs also relaxed and supported.
The pain started right away but I declined ambulance paramedic attention as I thought it was such a 'slight' accident I cojldn't have possibly hurt myself. If only I had known then what was to happen.
The next morning I blamed my acute back pain on just the jolt pain and a horrible hotel mattress. Home on the ferry overnight so I blamed the pain on my back feeling bruised nad the pitching/rolling of the boat and then the 3 hour drive home.
A month later I was in hospital with pneumonia and asthma as a result of the accident. My left leg numbness and tingling was put down to the heavy load of steroids and asthma medication. 10 days later I was home and 6 wks later I was back in with the same thing.
I'll post this now and continue before I lose battery life
microdisectomy L5/S1 February 13 2012
PLIF L5/S1 January 31 2014; TLIF L5/S1 February 4 2014; 3rd surgery revision of screws L5/S1 February 4 2014