:H Hi - my name is Shannon. I'm 31 years old - a single mother of a 12 yr-old boy. I work two jobs ~70 hours a week total. It can definitely get a little hectic around here!
Five years ago I was in a car accident and got whiplash. I already had a lot of neck and shoulder pain because I work on a computer all day; so the whole whiplash thing didn't help. Since then I've been told I have a Chronic Cervical Spasm or Rhomboid Muscle Spasm or an undiagnosed back problem - I guess it's all the same. Every few months my neck and shoulders literally lock up. I can't move them without taking muscle relaxers and pain killers when that happens. I've been to PT (have gone a few times over the years), massage therapy (ended up feeling worse after that), and am now finally seeing a chiropractor. I feel great after our sessions, but within a day or so it just goes right back to where it was. It's getting to be a very expensive therapy though...
I've missed work over this but I have never gone out on disability. I figure as long as I can take some pain killers on my bad days to help me get through then I'll drag myself to work until I just can't manage. I've found that my "can do" attitude has come back to bite me on the butt though. I asked my doctor about getting a PCA to help me with light housework and grocery shopping b/c I live on the 3rd floor (no elevators) and my 12 yr-old isn't all that helpful (not too surprising there
)(). They said, "Well, you're not housebound so we don't know what we can do for you". Sometimes I feel like the only way to get a little help is to literally throw my hands up and refuse to do anything
! Just stay in bed all day and say screw it! This whole situation can be so draining sometimes - I cry a lot - I feel sorry for myself a lot too! LOL But I'm glad I came across this page cause it's good to know I'm not the only one who goes through these kinds of things... not that I gain pleasure out of other people's misery... just good not to be so alone!