Living In Daily Pain
These are the days
It was like any other work day, the sun was shining and it was looking like another warm spring day in Oklahoma. I did maintenance for a living, where I took care of 4 different apartment communities. It was early morning and I was doing my rounds, I go from property to property and check to see what needed to be done for the day. I was in between properties and while driving down the road when out of nowhere, came a full size Chevy truck that decided to plant kisses right behind my driver side door.
I was driving my wife’s Charger that day, instead of my truck. This is the day my life changed forever. I was taken to the Emergency Room by ambulance. Ya know, the typical E.R. visit; lots of questions, X-rays and what not. I was sent home and was told to follow up with an Accident Care Center. So after countless trips to the Accident Care Center for Physical Therapy, massages, and blah blah blah I was still feeling the pain everyday.
After all that nonsense, I was referred to a Neurosurgeon for an evaluation. I found out L5-S1 had been significantly damaged and needed to be repaired. That following January, I had my first surgery. L5-S1 had to be fused with decompression of the nerve. There was still no relief and I was in a great deal of pain every day, along with this new shocking sensation up and down my left leg and into foot (onset of RSD/CRPS).
I then had second round of PT and ultrasounds to break up scar tissue, along with numerous Sympathetic Nerve and Epidural shots…and yet again their was still no relief. The Neurologist wanted to do another surgery, thinking a few of the screws might have come loose or might be irritating the nerve. Back to operating room we went, just four short months later. While in there she discovered the bone graft had slipped out of place along with having to decompress the nerve AGAIN. And guess what?? I was still in pain everyday, everything we had tried had not helped. Now for a third surgery, this one was to remove two of the screws (left side) along with another decompression of the nerve and to check to see if anything had been missed. Let me tell you what!! That surgery just made things worse.
Now, not only was I in pain EVERY DAY I now have full on CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). I continue to live my life, just very differently from what I have ever known. There are some days that it doesn’t seem so bad, then other days I can barely walk from the pain. I always feel like I am being shocked. And not just like the kind of shock that you get in the Winter time when you touch a door knob. I’m talking the changed an electrical plug and touched the wires on the side, kind of shock. Yeah, that’s my life now… living in daily pain.
In closing, I have left out some details to protect those involved and myself. If you’re not sure what RSD/CRPS is I challenge you to research it and education yourself. This way you might have an idea of what I and thousands of other people go through on a daily basis.
Until next time my friends….
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