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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
: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! ;)


  • Have you had an MRI? Glad to see you feel better being here. It's been helpful for me joining about 6 weeks ago. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i spend alot of time in my home and have made a nice quiet life. pain is a constant companion though. ~X( perhaps meeting people who are suffering as you do will give you some comfort. >:D< drop by anytime! Jenny :)
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  • Thanks Charry! :)

    I haven't had an MRI. I had an X-Ray that showed my spine had been pulled straight in my neck - which I guess is where the cervical spasm diagnosis came from. Since then, even after all the different types of treatments I've tried, they've never ordered another X-Ray or anything. I did bring that up at my last appt. with my doctor but he just kinda let it fall by the wayside. The treatments the chiropractor performs on me actually showed me my trouble areas spread out across my shoulders and even straight on down the spine. He said b/c it has been so long that my muscles have been working overtime trying to protect my spine and now they're strained and sore.

    I know over time these treatments will make things so much better. I just feel overwhelmed lately b/c it just seems like everything is all on me since I'm the lone provider for my son and myself - it took a lot for me to ask my doctor's office for help the other day and then to just be pushed aside like that kinda made me feel bad. I just need to be patient is all! It took time for my neck and shoulders to get like this - it'll take time for them to get better too right? LOL
  • Thanks Jenny! :) The one thing I have going for me is that my full time day job allows me to work from home. I used to have to go in 2x a week, but since things got a little worse over these last few months they've been pretty understanding. I also think they like the fact that I can work more hours b/c I don't have a commute but that's beside the point! ;) Thanks for the support and words of encouragement! I'm going to go read around the boards and offer a little bit of support to others myself now. TTLY! :D
  • Hiya Shannon, >:D<
    Welcome to Spine health. :) We can offer our help to you based on our own personal experiences :''( , so you are not alone in your struggle O:) . Well Shannon, :O is all i can say really is "WOW", :O you are a super mom, and i have to admire you for your "can do" attitude. >:D< If you want to vent PM me anytime you want to >:D<

    Angie x :H
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  • I am so sorry to hear of all that you are dealing with. I am glad that you found this site because you will find lots of folks that will support and understand you. I agree with the others that you need more medical testing by a spine specialist. I went to a chiro in the beginning and he actually made me worse. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
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