Well.. hello everyone. It is kind of hard to think about where to start! I have never joined this kind of support group before, but I am glad to find this one.
My name is Becca, and I am from Tennessee. I am 35yrs old. I have been married 17yrs and have 2 great kids. I had a car accident in Sept. of 2005 that resulted in several fx. of my cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis. I had a unusual fx sacral pelvic dissociation basically my spine separated from my pelvis. I was treated by a Orthopedic/Trauma Surgeon whom I thank God for every day. At first the treatment of choice was getting me into a CTLS brace which started at my neck and ended at my knees and although I know it helped heal my spine I still wish to burn it! Anyway the tech who fitted me for it said that in the 25 yrs he had been doing ortho devices he had only made 1 other like mine. Well anyway after discussing options with colleagues my doc wanted to try fusing my spine back to my pelvis using screws. He had seen this procedure once in med school but felt that it would be the best way to keep me aligned. I had the surgery and woke up with alot more pain in my right side from my back to my feet. I was having spasms and my foot felt like it was in ice water. After a CT scan he discovered that the screw was in the foramen(small holes at bottom of the spine which the nerves run through). The screw had to be removed with another surgery and placed in the right area. My doc was very honest about the misplaced screw. I know alot of people thought I should sue for malpractice we decided not to. If he had not done the surgery, and no other surgeon in the hospital would touch me, I honestly bTelieve I would be in worse shape. You see I am a nurse and not a very good patient! I was supposed to be on bedrest and use a special wheelchair for 3months to a yr. and I was so frustrated about a month of having an audience when I went to the bathroom that I pushed myself to the door of the bathroom and of course the darn thing would not fit thru the door so I just stood up and hung on to the counters and walked (well sort of) to the pot! After I did it I was really scared because no one really knew if I would be able to walk again! But on the other hand I was elated that I could do it. And I have recovered as much as I can and like all of you I am in pain every day. I get really upset with life sometimes especially when my children worry about me. I tried to go back to work after my brace was removed (using the darn walker like a dumba#%) and my patients and co-workers were taking care of me! Then I faced reality and signed up for disability which was a long hard road,but we finally got it! During all this I lost my mother. She was my best friend and gave me so much. You see she was disabled herself from several spine issues and was on oxygen. But she just drug that tank around and took care of me. We stayed at my grandmothers house which was the only place big enough and mom moved in too! When we moved back home my husband would drop me off at mom's house while he worked. That time with her is so precious to me and my family.
Well that's enough about me ooh wait I saw that most people post their meds. I have a hard time with accepting that I have to take pain meds but I really can't do without them. I am trying to stay on the lowest dose possible.
Hydrocodone 10/500mg 3x/day, Flexaril 10mg 3x/day, Cymbalta 60mg 1x/day, and Celebrex if I can get samples(insurance refused to cover it) if not that then I take Naproxen 3x/day. Well thanks for listening to my story and sorry it is so long but it gave me something to do while I could not sleep!
I hope to hear from all of you soon.