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Shattered (broken) scapula

Over 12 yrs ago I had an accident, in a local pub, a pal without thinking lifted my leg up higher then i was ready for ( my foot was resting on a bar stool at the time ..my height is 6ft 4 ins ), the result I went over backwards smashing into the metal foot bar..no one believed I was injured including my so called pal or two brothers, though crawling on the floor I begged for help. It went unanswered even from the bar staff, the result was had to get a taxi, the journey to the local Hospital in Southend was horrendous feeling sick faint and in agony every time we hit a bump, my injuries were ..three broken ribs one which had punctured my right lung, at the Hospital as I not arrived by Ambulance I sat in waiting room until eventually I must have passed out, I awoke to a Doctor with a scalpel and a tube ..I was laying on my side, he apologised but said to to the time period complications had set in and my lung needed draining fast and had had no time to numb the area and so cut into my side and pushed the rather thick tube into the open wound then it was guided into the lung, I screamed and again passed out, I awoke in the ward.. After six days I was released having had lung drained etc and ribs ..well nothing to be done, they informed me I had damage to Scapula and back but that physiotherapy would sort that out, my first trip to the physio he said can you do some press up's for me, I asked have you seen the xrays..no need he said, I refused to do press ups,or to go back until he had ..he never did, over the many years I had acupuncture, and hour upon hour of Choiropractery, expecting it to hurt and on advice from my Doctor I carried on, but the pain worsened until I started passing out..I was then reluctantly after much arguing etc..given a CT scan where they found bone splinters had sliced through the interior muscles, every time I had been prodded and pounded stretched etc.as the Scapula had taken the brunt of of the fall them years earlier and splintered, I have now had three operations trying to find all the bone splinters that had torn and ripped into my various muscles in that area, they kept missing pieces and so another op was done, the final op was to saw grind and nibble away the lower part of my right scapula, which had now become deformed, and the edges of which were cutting into my body everytime I reluctantly at times went to bed, pain killers sleeping tablets hardly have any effect on my pain, most nights I wake screaming if in my sleep I turn to quickly or lay on my back, now they want to join my scapula to my spine...As you can imagine this terrifies me,I feel I have been slowly tortured..over these many years and After many failed relationships It's hard to live with a man whose pain can flare up anytime anywhere, I have met a wonderful lady, and she suggested I write in a forum, first time for everything I guess, and maybe others who have experienced something similar can offer advice etc. If you have taken the time to read this I thank you and eager await any positive help advice that can be offered thankyou. Mr Kenneth J Little


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/24/2014 - 11:09 PM
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 06/25/2014 - 11:16 AM
    Hi Kenneth & welcome. I'm glad you've decided to join us. I've made many great friends here, having the support of others who truly get what it's like to live with chronic pain is invaluable. We all know what it's like to struggle with staying positive through endless appointments, medications, surgeries & treatments.

    One night of playing silly xxxx down the pub! Many of us here live with the 'if only' regrets. Isnt it crazy how one moment can change our whole existence? I'm so sorry that you've been living with the ramifications for so long. I always say 'Never allow a therapist to work on you until they've analysed the results of your diagnostic tests!' It sucks that you had to learn the hard way. This forum is great for getting information but I've found that sharing my experiences & offering advise to others (& having a laugh) has helped me tremendously. Chronic pain can be very isolating being part of a community makes those dark days a little brighter & it seems like you have a lot to give...

    I can completely understand your lack of faith in the medical community but at the end of the day we don't have any choice. More surgery would terrify me too. I'd seek referral to the best specialist I could find. That could mean traveling to a major city or to London...will that be a problem for you? Maybe your new lady could travel with you to make it more pleasurable. I know it can be hard with the NHS, sometimes we have to really push to get second opinions & the care we need. Be your own best advocate & don't take no for an answer. It seems like you've been messed around & been suffering way too long with this.

    What medications are you currently taking? Maybe there's more they can do to manage your pain. Have you seen a specialist or is your GP prescribing?

    Good luck! I look forward to seeing you around on the forums. ;-)

    Post edited to remove inappropriate language...Liz
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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