I got in severe car wreck 29 June 2007, fractured both vertebrae at L5 ( bilateral spondylisthesis ) knocked out. suffered head injuries.
Started epidurals and chiropractic treatment not for long, went into pain management.
In 11 weeks I had Rt knee surgery in August, left knee surgery 2 Nov 2007 and a L5-S1 with instrumentation PLIF with 4 screws and 2 rods 6" incision lower back walked into hospital on crutches had a 5 hour surgery almost needed a transfusion.
Did 10 years in the military 2 desert tours. I am now unemployable as I was discharged 20 March 2008. for Myopathy, Nueropathy and chronic back pain and PTSD.
Its been 13 months since my surgery found the best doctor I could they told me I wouldn't walk again, I did 8 months of 2.5 hours 3 days a week of physical therapy and 5 months of water therapy 2 hours a day, in this time I also got addicted like crack to the pain pills. O.D. once pain was unbearable checked myself into a rehab center for 7 months at 59 days post op was off meds and in unbearbable pain, I was medically discharged still suffer to this day with severe 24/7 nerve pain. I was up to 20 plus loratabs a day on top of gabapentin and everything else.
Stuck it out, now on my 3rd set of custom inserts and have bought 13 pairs of shoes this years cannot where any shoes except this certain pair which minimizes the pain to walk decently.
Last week I found out my L4 is slipping and also found out I was diagnosed with Traumatic brain injury (TBI)and severe memory loss, I have to carry index cards around to remind myself of doing normal things like going get the newspaper ,putting mail in the box, feeding the dogs, making sure I try to eat 3 meals a day.
I bought a $3300 tempurpedic mattress I must say on my side with a pillow between my legs curled up in the fetal postion laying on my right side is the only way I sleep out of pain and do sleep good.
I found out today after and EMG I have S1 Radiculopathy that explains why it feels like someone has a blow torch burning my lower leg /foot off my body, I can not even walk barefoot I must where shoes and inserts even to get up at night to piss.
I'm 29 years old. My wife suffers dearly because she does not understand my pain, I'm very irritable have 3rd degree arthritis in both my knees was deemed unemployable.
Looking at me you would never know anything because I haVE NERVE PAIN ITS THE MOST MISERABLE THING IN THE WORLD.
My meds are Osteobiflex for my arthritis in my knees, Klonopin 3 a day for nerve pain it works , the nuerotin made me to tired. and the klonopin also calms me down anxiety. Tramadol 3 50 mg a day, 1 ambien for sleep, 1 lyrcia at night with the ambien, antivert for my dizziness and vomiting I'm always feling off balance, 6 motrins a day for inflammation, 2 tylenol arthritis a day, only when severe weather changes, 1-2 lidocain patches a-day, a centrum daily vitamin, rolaids and ant acids .
Most of the time my pain is so bad I wish I was dead than live with it, but I deal with it its very hard. My necks been real stiff lately and my arms have been going numb all the way down to my fingers, and my neck gets stiff and my fingers tingle.
The doctor did a good job on my back but I'm still incapable of alot I had several epidural injections prior to surgry they want to do a molygram now and start more injections.
Lifes hard and miserable and it was a hit and run 18 wheeler they caught him 2 miles down the road. My passenger suffered a broken knee and bruised ribs he doing fine now back as military police.
My life changed in the blink split second. And he left us there in uniform too die. I have alot of hatred left inside its hard to forgive when you have to live in pain the rest of your life. Sometimes I wish the wreck would have killed me cause the pain is that bad I try not to show it.
They want to now put me on antidepressants I told them no more meds I take enough.
I'm in angar management every Monday, PTSD classes every Tuesday, and waiting to get into pain management classes with the VA as soon as they start them back up.
Life's hard but I'm not dead.
I've learned never lose your quality of life issues because once they are gone you never get them back.
Get out and do things no matter what because whether you do things each day or not your gonna be in pain so try to do all and make the most of it.
Don't let it destroy you. People who have never experienced back pain, surgeries, fusions, decompressions, nerve and feet problems, brain truma. They just don't understand.
I found this site a little while ago trying to find out what this S1 Radiculopathy is they diagnosed me with today.