Before I start whining about my current aches, pains, and problems, I think I should first give a little background on my medical history. I feel like I have truly destroyed my body throughout the course of my life. I feel like I have broken almost as many bones as Evil Knievel!
1: Broken left wrist
2: Broken right wrist
3: Broken right tibia/fibula, no surgery, only a cast and it didn't heal correctly
4: Crushed all metatarsals in rt foot
A: reconstructive surgery with hardware
B: hardware removed
C: 5th metatarsal surgically broken and reconstructed
D: 2nd metatarsal surgically broken and reconstructed
5: Shattered right tibia fibula and ankle with surgical reconstruction, hardware installed
A: Lots more to come on my right tibia fibula injuries
6: Had osteoid osteoma tumor in right femur
A: Had one unsuccessful surgery aimed at destroying the tumor
B: Had second surgery aimed at removing the section of bone that contained the tumor, and replacing that void with synthetic bone
7: Had perineal tendon surgery to reroute the torn tendon through my right ankle bone.
A: Also had plate and screws removed from right (previously shattered) fibula during this surgery
9: Had two screws break in my rt. tibia and had to have surgery to remove the plate and the screws/partial screws.
10: Pulverized my right clavicle in a motorcycle vs deer collision. The doctor said my clavicle was broken in 18 pieces that he could count, and my shoulder looked like someone had dumped a handful of sand in it.
A. Had reconstructive surgery with hardware installed
B. Had second surgery to remove hardware from my shoulder, but my clavicle fell apart
C. Had third surgery on my shoulder to waste synthetic bone in the remaining clavicle fracture, with new hardware installed
D. Had fourth shoulder surgery to remove hardware and also 1 inch of my clavicle that was protruding into my shoulder joint
11: Had my right tibia and fibula surgically re-broken and a piece of cadaver bone inserted in order to correct the limb length difference and deformity, and all hell broke loose at this point!
A. Woke up during surgery and fell off the operating table on to the operating room floor, causing the surgeon to nick an artery and sever at least one nerve.
B. Had to have vascular surgery
C. Had to have skin graft surgery to cover the massive hole in my leg
D. Had to have the surgery completely redone due to a failure of the hardware
E. Had to have the surgery completely redone again due to a deep bone infection and once again failing hardware
F. Finally had to have all hardware removed including the broken pieces of the screws that had been in my leg through all of the surgeries, and had a titanium rod inserted just above my knee and attached with two screws in both my knee and my ankle.
I have so much constant terrible pain in so many parts of my body that I can't get my brain not to constantly pay attention to one or all sources of my pain when I try to lay down to go to sleep, it's like I start having the worst kind of anxiety attack! It's like I wish I could somehow crawl out of my body, because I feel like I live in some medieval torture device (my body) that constantly inflicts pain in practically every part of my body: Rt toes (all), rt foot, rt ankle, left ankle, rt shin (tibia and fibula), rt knee, left knee, rt femur/thigh, both hips, low back, upper back, neck, rt shoulder and arm numb/asleep constantly and hurts so bad I can't explain it or stand it, left shoulder aches constantly from being badly dislocated, plus I'm showing signs of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the concussion disorder) from having about 10 serious concussions throughout my life. I wake up every morning with my feet feeling like they were stored in a freezer overnight yet I immediately start sweating from the waist up. I cannot feel my right foot or hand, except for pain! Yet, I am having to fight through appeal after appeal for my disability that got terminated with no warning! My doctors all say I'm disabled, but that's not good enough for Metlife or Social Security!!