Thanks for the advice.
I've tried Valium before, but I don't do well on any of the benzo's. People tell me I get crazy angry whenever I'm on them, so I've stopped taking them. I've literally tried absolutely *everything* on the market as far as muscle relaxants & benzo's. The benzo's make me sound short-tempered. The muscle relaxants (like flexeril) are a problem because I have damage to my motor nerve in my right leg & it's already enough of a struggle to get it to move. When I take the flexeril my leg just drags behind me & the other one isn't really strong enough to support all my weight for very long. It was a good idea, though. I appreciate the suggestion.
The good news is that I did get into my PCP last night & she recommended an OTC cream that I can put on to prevent the pressure sores (hopefully). When I'm feeling a little better I plan to head to the store to pick some up. She also switched my on/off schedule so I'm wearing the brace at night -- which is great because I can actually get some much needed sleep since I'm not all twitchy & in pain -- and so I can wear it in the car/bus or when I'm up & about at work. It's probably not as good as getting a better brace like you have (lucky you!) but at least I got some sleep at night, so that really helped a lot. Hopefully I'll have another good night of sleep tonight. That would be wonderful! :) Everything seems so much better after a good night's sleep, right?
One more quick question. Have you tried different styles of braces? The one I have is 2 pieces (front & back). It goes from T-5 to S-I and has 4 velcro strap that hook on the front then go through belt loops in the back, then loop around and velcro in an "x" shape in the front. I know I've seen different styles -- some that are all one piece, some that are three, some that snap in the front like a vest, others that lace up & tie. Any idea how I could find out more information about what the benefits of each one is? The 2 bracemakers that I met with only had a couple of sample styles. They said they could order something else, but who knows if it would work and there were no returns allowed. In comparison to what they were charging, it sounds like the guy who made yours is a lot more reasonable so at least it wouldn't be as much of a loss if it didn't work out, but I'm still not sure how I would go about choosing a specific style without trying anything on. Do you have any suggestions?
PS -- Sorry to hear about your rough ride out to the cottage. Hope you're at least finding some rest now that you've arrived. Take care & God bless.