I am a 46-year-old male who lives in Iowa. I am married, going on 18 years, with two boy’s ages 11 and 16. I enjoy sports (Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls) and I enjoy video games (I have never grown up). I am a software designer and developer. I am, as you might have guessed by my user name, a huge Three Stooges Fan and know their history inside and out.
I have had a herniated disc at C5-C6 for almost 4 years now. First, four years ago I was rear-ended in an auto accident. I had my seatbelt on but I am rather tall and the impact caused my head to go forward and up. My car was not in motion; I was waiting for an individual to turn left across traffic. The person that hit me from behind was traveling at 45MPH, which totaled my car. The resulting collision sent me into the roof of the car. Then 2-1/2 years ago, while walking out to my garage I hit a patch of ice, flipped in the air and fell on my head. The fall knocked me out cold. This seemed to do even more damage to my neck.
I have been in PT twice, which seemed to make things far worse, and have been on pain medication for 3 years. I was taking 40mg of Oxycontin twice a day along with 7.5/500 Oxycodone 4 times a day. I am down to 10mg of Oxycodone 4 times a day but I am in major pain without the medication.
I see a Neurosurgeon tomorrow and I am hoping to have surgery. I am nervous but I cannot live like this any longer. The headaches, earaches, neck pain and shoulder pain are severe and I’ve tolerated it for years now hoping for relief.
Anyway, that is my short story. I was glad to find this site. I also have problems with a disc at T1-T2 and L1-L2. So I will be here a while.
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