Hey everyone.. Would very much appreciate anyone's input.. I am a disabled Vet from the Navy. I never went over seas, But did occur my injuries in the time of war. Let me start off by sayin I'm the type of person that is very blunt and I will NOT let anyone get one over on me. I am very respectful but have had a wrong attitude towards how I feel I am being treated here at the New Orleans VA Hospital. I have been going here for bout 2 years. I have Chronic back pain in my lower back. I had a MRI taken last year and 1 month ago. My 1st MRI I was told by the Neurologist that my last disc is gone.. He showed me it and explain that it's suppose to be white. Unfortunately my last disc doesn't have a white spec in it. Now if you have ever dealt with the VA than you might be able to relate with frustration.. I just recently changed Doctors, Due to my last Doctor pressin me about surgery. Im a 30 single father. I have my 17 month old daughter 5 days out of the week. I don't work for now and I goto school on-line. I spend every sec with my daughter and LOVE it. I have not yet been rated for this injury for disability yet. And Not sure how long down the road it will be till I do. I am so scared ifI do do this surgery I will not be able to do the things I do now with my lil girl. I wud rather deal with pain than have limitations on bending.
I have chronic pain everyday. Its like a deep feeling like the bones are rubbin against each other. Back spasms and the pain down the leg also. At some times it's very very painful where I can't sleep.
So here's are some question... Do doctors really understand how my pain keeps me up all night for days giving me a minimal of 2 hrs a sleep a night?? ( And yes I do explain this to my doctor). Do they understand the pain I have to deal with and the stress and depression that follows?? Do they really realize that the back rehab or pain management class interfere with a persons life do to no after hours sessions for people that work Would you really depend on someone that has 3 physical therapy appts a weeks? Not to dependable huh?? Everyone deals with there pain differently. I can't afford to take time off work and try to take care of a child. I am on a fixed income. And Yes I acknowledge I am in a better situation than most. I can have the Gov pay for my medical. But still... I usually go grab a BIG straw and just suck it up! I give alot of respect to women cause I am trying to raise my daughter most of the time by myslf and now can relate how tough it is. I'll put more info down as people ask.. And I'm sorry if somethings in here make no sense to you.