Hi everyone. I am looking for a place to vent first of all, then I hope to share experiences and learn from others' trials and tribulations.
First some history. Long list of injuries. A bad motorcycle wreck in 1975, whiplash injury in late 70's from driving a forklift, then totaled out my pickup in 1993 thanks to a nasty combination of rain on black ice. Very luck to walk away from that one but then, within a couple of weeks, everything good in my life took a bad turn for the worst.
And so it has been. I had seen a chiropractor in the 80's for the whiplash, which helped a lot over the years, but there was no help after the auto accident. I had a spinal fusion at L3-4 in 1995 but it took darn near an act of Congress to make the doctors believe me. Anyway, things went well for a few years but it didn't last.
Being the active and hard worker that I am, or was, I worked and played too hard and eventually had a couple more disks bulge/rupture, to the point that I could only stay upright on my feet for a half hour or so. That got progressively worse and by 2002 I could no longer work in my construction trade.
Trying to keep this brief... over the last several years I had another back surgery, Oxycontin pain control, then ultimately my implanted intrathecal morphine pump. Now even it has begun to lose its impact. I was told I could have my fusion removed, then re-fuse 4, yes FOUR, levels of my spine. Thankfully my pain specialist said "Oh no you don't" because the thought of it scared the hell out of me!
So where do I go from here? I have no idea other than request another increase in the morphine rate. I have also had to deal with sleep apnea, Bell's palsy, and low testosterone - in addition to rapid weight gain that I have been told is related to the apnea and low T. I am also now on a CPAP machine and testosterone injection, in addition to aqua therapy. This really sucks! What else can go wrong?