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1 Year Post Op C3/C4 Fusion..... Incredible Pain!

LilleyTLLilleyT Posts: 1
edited 06/06/2015 - 8:59 PM in Chronic Pain
I was in a horrible accident 2 years ago. I was stopped for construction on the interstate, at the bottom of a hill. Three teens didn't pay attention to the warning signs and were ALL on their phone. We were hit 3 separate times and pushed into a large truck in front of us. My husband and kids are fine, but I unbundled after the first hit because the kids flipped out and I wanted to reassure them. There were 3 more impacts after that. I've had my right rotator cuff repaired, my spine fused at C3/C4 and 2 months ago I had my left rotator cuff repaired, along with torn cartilage. I am in pain every day of my life. I should also say that I'm 30 years old. I've read many stories on here similar to mine, but have yet to come across anyone in their 20s or 30s. I know they're out there. My question is HOW do you deal with pain every day? I don't sleep because I hurt. I have another disc messed up badly at C4/C5 but the neurosurgeon didn't want to do 2 fusions when I was 29. How do you deal with the INCREDIBLE depression? My husband is a wonderful man and tries so hard to understand but there's no way for him to. I promise I'm not trying to get attention or handing out invites to a pity party. I just need to hear from other people in my situation. I was told by my pain management doctor that I needed to understand that I will be in pain the rest of my life because of the extent of my injuries. I also struggle with anger. I'm angry that all 3 teens that hit us walked away from this. Don't get me wrong. At the same time, I wouldn't wish my pain on any of them. But it does anger me that they're fine and have moved on. Well I know the young lady who hit us last is probably dealing with PTSD as well. She was really shaken up and it was a horrible accident. I'm still afraid to take the interstate and avoid it at any cost. Is there ANYONE, any age, who can relate to me or give me advice?
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  • when we hit a deer on an interstate on a motorcycle. I had major damage to my right shoulder, both knees were seriously damaged but the brunt of the impact and damage was to my spine.
    I had a shoulder reconstruction, developed RSD , and frozen shoulder, lost the use of my arm,hand and fingers due to the RSD, multiple knee surgeries on both knees ,and so far two spine surgeries, with a third one being necessary due to extremely severe stenosis, facet fracture and two spondylolysthesis at l3-4 now and l5-s1, which I am being told must happen or go back to the wheelchair sooner rather than later.
    Living with chronic pain is not easy, especially when you are young, or have young children . Sleeping disturbances are all too common, and so is anger and depression.
    Working with your pm doctor to find a balance of medications AND other therapies to keep the pain under control is the best way to manage, getting some regular excercise within your capabilities helps to release the anger and eases depression, as well as medications if needed. Having the support of family and friends also helps. A good therapist that you can trust also helps when you just need to vent is a lifesaver, especially during those times when the pain is running high..


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