I'm new to this blog. I just need some support really. I'm finding it hard to cope with my pain! Thirty three years ago I had a judo accident, a 10 stone girl landed on my head /neck, causing me pain for 33 years.
This started with constant headaches and pressure, which I still have to this day! It varies in intensity. Over the last 20 plus years, the damage has spread to my lower back. I have seen dozens of specialists, surgeons, etc with no joy, apart from an anaesthetist who has given me cortisone injections in my neck and back for 22 years. Unfortunately for me, he retired last year, just before I got an infection in L3/l4, This collapsed my disc, causing me a massive amount of pain. Walking is so difficult now. I am taking 25 painkillers every day, with Oramorph. A further year down the line, my lumbar spine was causing me dreadful pain. I asked my GP to put me in touch with my specialist, yet again!
When I saw him, he offered me surgery, I couldn't believe it! He is going to fuse L3/L4 with a cage and pin and plate it. He was trying to put me off it, because he only does this op about 5 times a year. This is the first time that anyone has offered me treatment apart from cortisone injections every 3 months for 22 years..
I am so pleased to have this operation as my pain is really bad. It has been non stop for 33 years, It gets me down so much! The thought of just easing the pain is amazing for me. Obviously I'm really scared of the op, but to me, it is worth the pain in recovery.
I'm a brown belt in judo, a 4th Dan in karate, but because Of my back, I can't do either now. This is so frustrating for me, I hate being disabled like this? I have never given up, trying to get pain relief. Is there anyone else feeling this way?