I'm new here (just discovered this site). I need some serious advice on how to deal with some serious pain around the T-12 area of my spine.
5 years ago when I was in junior college I was involved in a serious automobile accident that fractured my T-12. It healed (according to the spine specialist at the time), but I was warned that I could have future issues with pain and stability. Up until last year I had no such problems, but last year and this year every time the barometric pressure shifts I become incapacitated by excruciating back pain similar to what I experienced in the weeks just following the car wreck. I'm 27, so I run into the problem that I can no longer be on my parents insurance, making it an impossibility to get medical help. I also recently graduated 4-year university, and like many other people my age am unable to find work that pays me enough to pay the bills, let alone give insurance coverage. In fact - the last low wage job I had involved lots of bending and lifting (which aggravated this old injury even more than the weather changes do), so I was forced to leave. I used to have a hard brace right after the accident, and I wished I still had it (although I doubt I'd fit it anymore, as I have gained weight since then). I feel the brace would help me at least get through day to day life, but as I don't have it anymore, I'm stressing to find a solution to allow me to get back to living a normal life. I live in a rural area in the Midwest, and the jobs available to me locally are not "bad back friendly", and I'm too far away from a population center to find "bad back friendly" work. As I'm unemployed, uninsured, and living with virtually no savings, I can't go spend hundreds of dollars on a new hard brace, or thousands on medical treatment. I just want to get back to being productive, but I don't know how! Does anybody have any ideas that might help me?