Good morning! Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum. *hugg* My name is Dani. It is very nice to meet you. I hope you find the CP forum a fun, relaxing environment to be in. Were an odd bunch, but were all family. We are glad you could join us. I can see you will fit right in.
I have to say I sure am sorry you suffered so much damage in your fall. Having damage at all three major vertebre areas is, no doubt, causing many of the problems you have been experiencing. I think the hardest part about having hip and back damage together is that even something simple like sitting, is hard to accomplish.
I know you have no insurance, but I wonder if you have tried some other options. For instance, all major university hospitals offer insurance on a sliding scale fee. A friend of mine was able to get insurance for 15.00 a month. But, one draw back was the two weeks it took her to gather all the information that was required to get it.(she didnt have a car) Medicade is a good option aswell, but again, the same long list of required documents applies. I think that at this point, seeking out the assistance of a Pain Management Specialist will be a good idea. Once you get in with low income insurance or free insurance with you state, you will have access to one.
In the "CP101" topic you will gind directory of hospitals, perscription assistance programs, and much more information you might find useful. You might want to check it out when you get a chance.
You said ~~> ".....On top of all that I deal with everything with no pain medication because I have no insurance. A friend was helping me in that department for a little while but it was short lived. "
I know the pain seems hopeless. But, do not take pain meds from friends. Once you get in with a pain management specialist, they will test your urine and sometimes blood for all types of druggs and medications before they begin perscribing you medication. It can be done monthly, quarterly or yearly depending on the facilities and policy. Mostly it is to make sure you are taking your medications as perscribed. Also, they will often times make you sign a contract with them as well. There is no doubt that you will require multiple types of therapies, not just medications. Often time cortisteroids treatments, physical therapy, pain psychology (after care support group), TeNS stimulation and sometimes surgery, is needed to help aleviate the pain/restore functionality.
... pain is going to be life long for you. You will probably be in pain the rest of your life. I don't want you to think I am being dramatic. It is just that at its best, pain managemet will get you down to "livable" levels of pain. To restore some (emphasis on some) quality to your life. I was 27 when my troubles began and understanding that pain would be with me (and they told me all along "it will get much worse") the rest of my life, even in the best of circumstance, was a hard reality to swallow.
Im sorry, here I am chatting away! I want you to know I am very glad you came over to join us too and I look forward to get to know you better. Hang in there!
Well that was why I suggested your local university hospital. Often times, they carry insurance just for their facilities. My friend had to see all doctors and specialists affliated with the university. But, one of the nice things was that she was able to gain access to all sorts of therapies. Aqua fit, personal physical therapy, psychologist, myofascial therapy and they even had a pharmacy on the ground floor. She loved that she could go to the doctor, fill her meds and eat lunch all at the same place. The down side was all the required documents. Even I was stressed, and I wasnt the one applying! In the end it was worth it though.
Hey speaking of chiropratic therapy, you should find if it is being taught at your local university, or somewhere else. Could get in you in with students atleast until the insurance gets sorted?
Hope you are able to let your body rest. You are in our hearts