In the ER again, bad news.

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   Posted 12/19/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Saturday night I left my house buy groceries with my girlfriend (was only my best friend and roommate when I joined the site). As we were leaving my leg went out and I fell to the ground. The employee helping us take our food to the truck tried to help me up. I had an extreme amount of pain and told him not to move me at all. I was taken to the hospital by an ambulance and have been there ever since.

When I fell I fractured my elbow trying to catch myself, but had no other injury from it. The pain in my back came from one of the herniated discs (L4-L5) tearing even more. I had an emergency discectomy and it seems to have helped as I still have control of my legs, bladder, and bowls. As of now it's just a waiting game to see if they believe I need any other surgery.

I am in a lot less pain then I have been in years but that is most likely due to the morphine pump they have given me control of (also why I may be making quite a few grammar or spelling errors so bare with me lol). I've never really had Christmas since I my early teens as my parents are gone and I have only my three sisters who live in the country (rest live of my family live in Europe) so I'm not really upset about that. I just don't enjoy the fact that I may be here that long.

I would like to ask those who believe in prayer to please keep me in yours and those who do not keep me in your thoughts. Thanks for all the support you guys have given since I have been here.


Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/19/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sam I am so sorry to hear of your injury. Thanks for letting us know.

I will put you on our prayer list at church and the entire congregation will pray for you.

Please keep us updated on your health and you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

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   Posted 12/19/2011 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry you got hurt and had to have surgery. I will keep you in my thoughts wishes!
DX: spinal fracture L5/S1, fusion 1/96, Spondylolethsis, DDD, nerve damage to both legs and bladder, 4/2007 anterior & posterior fusion L1-S1, 4 Bladder surgeries w/cystocele and rectocele. Partial Hysterectomy 2002 (pre-cancer), Ovaries removed 4/2009, Multipe injections, depression, PTSD, medical induced menopause Meds: MS Contin 60mg a.m, 45mg p.m, oxycodone 30mg tid

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   Posted 12/19/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Sam, I'm so sorry to hear that you were injured. Also sorry to hear that you needed surgery, but I'm glad the ruptured disc hasn't caused loss of neuro function.

You're in my thoughts *hugs*

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Full body CRPS with spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bursitis, CTS, osteoporosis, multiple compression fx, disc bulges.

Oxycodone ER/IR, Topamax, Mobic, Somac, Cipramil, Midodrine, Vit D & C, SCS, baclofen/bupivacaine pump

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   Posted 12/19/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear your having such a rough time. Will definitely say a prayer for you. I hope things turn out better than expected and you find some way to enjoy the holidays.
Merry Christmas and I hope the New year will bring much better news.
All the Best
Chronic Back Pain, Anxiety, A little Depression, Left foot problems...foot growing in length and big toe growing out sideways, Osteoporosis,11 surgeries total..right foot twice, right knee 3 times, right elbow, throat/neck, spinal fusion, left elbow, left knee, currently deciding on whether to have surgery on left foot.
Meds: Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Clonazapam
Birthday July 18th

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   Posted 12/19/2011 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Very very sorry about what happened...
Hope your home soon, and many many Prayers and well wishes...
Keep us posted when you can, as we do care...
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   Posted 12/19/2011 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam I'm sorry that you fell and injured yourself. I'll pray for you and wish you well wishes. Take care.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 12/20/2011 12:35 AM (GMT -6) are in my prayers....try and hang in there,

Bless you, Amy
Chronic Pain(nerve), fibro, mild depression and a few others

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   Posted 12/20/2011 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sam, so sorry that you ended up in the hospital and had to have an emergency surgery it sounds like. Hopefully this will be what it takes to get your pain level down and get you to a better functioning level without so much pain.It sounds like you are receiving decent care in the hospital which is a good sign. They must be listening to you concerning your pain level.

Any ideas how long you will be in there? No one likes being in hospitals but since you have had surgery its the best place to be until you are able to care for yourself at home. Please keep us posted on how you are coming along. Will keep you in my prayers.
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