Posted 8/21/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)
I've been reading for a few weeks and started to post several times but thought my story might be less than interesting. I don't suffer from back pain and to be honest I don't know how some of you get through each day!
I'll try to give you a quick rundown of what brought me here. I'm a 42 year old, married mother of two and work at an Elementary school. Several years ago a roller blading accident shattered my right elbow. Seven surgeries, an artificial piece replacing the end of a bone in my forearm, external fixator and seeing the very best doctor's in the country and it's not repaired. Essentially everything that keeps your elbow in place and moving was shattered in my fall. I have fairly good range of motion even though my right arm doesn't straighten anymore and I can't turn my hand palm up. I'm in constant pain. My ortho surgeon told me to bring in disability papers and he would sign them but I don't want to do that! I stayed home with my children for several years and enjoy being back to work. I'm afraid if I stayed home I wouldnt' be able to keep my mind off of the pain. I did decide to move from the classroom and accepted a position as the school librarian in hopes of making it a little easier on my arm. Nothing can be done, surgically, yet to repair it any further. I'm in a holding pattern until I get older and then they'll do a total elbow replacement. The replacements aren't very good and only last aprox 5-7 years plus you're limited to lifting less than 10 pounds with them. That's not practical at all for my lifestyle right now! The current replacements also have been causing secondary fractures.
I'm on the lowest dose of Vicodin that you can take but it's not working very well anymore. I was referred to a PM but they refused my case because they don't care for elbow patients. They said they don't have much success with them. My PCP is wonderful and does what he can to manage my pain. I've tried the anti seizure drugs but didn't do well on them. I actually passed out while taking them. I fell, hit my head on the fridge and ended up with a very nasty concusion.
I'm sitting here waiting to see my PCP, later this morning, for another review of meds. I hope he can find another option for me. I'm tired of not sleeping well and struggling to get through the day. I don't want to be exhausted by the time I get home at night. I have two wonderful daughters and a husband I want to enjoy doing things with. I also don't want to feel "spacey" or lethargic when working with my students during the day.
Thanks for reading if you've lasted this long!