***A closed head injury can range from a concussion to massive head injury - the difference being no outward blood, no split
open wounds, all internal. In my case, all of my facial bones and frontal skull bones were crushed, but the skin was never broken. (eye sockets, jaw, cheeks, chin) Took 16 surgeries, 4 ribs grafted to rebuild, reshape and repair all of the fractures. 2 years with my jaw wired shut, 2 years with a tracheotomy while the repairs were healing..learned alot of self control...lol
So far the only place I sleep well is at work usually on my keyboard, during a meeting, or in my car at lunch when I attempt to put my feet up while I eat lunch...lol I love to crochet and usually do most of it in the middle of the nite while everyone is fast asleep...
I was treated for years by the "take a few motrin" kind of docs until being rushed to the hospital twice with perforated stomach ulcers. Finally found one that agreed to try other meds, but is very restrictive with my treatment, so I still suffer daily.
Would you believe I still don't feel like I have found the right doc...20 years and still searching...lol I currently live in NJ and I would be willing to travel whatever it takes for the right doc. If anyone has any suggestions to lend my search, I am
open. Would love to find a Neurologist who is familiar with chronic pain issues.
Nice to meet everyone and hoping to learn alot from new friends.
Motor Vehicle Accident survivor, Closed Head & Facial Injuries, 16 Reconstructive Surgeries to both face and front of skull. Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Neuralgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and mild Narcolepsy. Currently being treated for probable MS. - It a fight everyday just to laugh and smile - but I can always find something....we are all still here, right ?
Post Edited (MVASurvivor) : 3/1/2009 7:12:20 PM (GMT-7)