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Was shot in chest.permanent nerve damage

John somoraJJohn somora Posts: 2
edited 01/25/2016 - 7:50 AM in Chronic Pain
Hhanuary 5th I was shot in the chest and attempted robbery while rehab in a house in a city the first put the gun to my head and I don't remember what they said event seen my coworker / brother push the gun away from my head ! I heard them say shoot them shoot them both !! I swing the hammer that was in my hand ,I missed wasn't even close as the hammer came back up the gun went off my chest went numb my ears were ringing at that point my brother was fighting with two black men.BOOM They shot him point blank in chest.. I somehow I made it inside the house and lock the door where my cell phone was charging then called the police at that point I realize the warm blood was going down the back of my ass and I could hear the blood squeezing out of my lungs and I heard my brother yelling for help I went back outside and call the ambulance!! Collapse lung, multiple rib fractures. WE BOTH SURVIVED, I have been on 30 milligrams of slow release morphine as well as 60 milligrams of oxycodone lyrica ibuprofen lidocaine patchesI have a lot of questions and concerns and I would like to speak to one of the doctors or other people on this site about pain and treatment the new doctor I have is trying to wean me off some of the meds which I am all for but at the same time I don't want to be laying in bed in pain and not be able to move he tells me that I cannot take these meds and all they're doing is causing me pain but I know without them that I am in severe pain and I could barely breathe take a deep or fast breath.. PLEASE I WOULD LIKE SEVAL RESONCE FROM PAIN SPECIALIST OR VICTIMS..........This new doctor I fear he is going to put me through a lot of pain he wants to try all sorts of stuff and I don't want to be the guinea pig some of the meds I'm taking are fine I drink shakes and do physical therapy I just want to try to survive and not have to fight doctors and workers comp , I am lucky to be alive but it makes it very difficult when I feel like everybody is against me and I have nobody on my side to help me

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  • I am so sorry for what you and your brother went through.
    Doctors don't answer questions on the forums, just other people living with chronic pain.
    Are you seeing a therapist to help you deal with the trauma of the incident, and to help get a handle on the anxiety?
    What kind of doctors are you seeing? What is the prognosis from your surgeon?
    Are you currently on both the morphine and oxycodone, together? What about the other meds, are you still taking them?

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