Broken Neck c4 c5 vertebrae and crushed spinal cord . peripheral nerve damage . in curable chronic pain. a whole load more symptoms the list is too long and bores me. hard enough having to relay them to medical persons and live with them every day . one step at a time....... im not good at this sort of thing and its the first time I've tried to talk to any one about it. SO here goes .... My story ......I was landscape gardener and brick layer ,felt unwell at work , got home ,lost a day and night, saw my Gp. asked was it normal to have electric shocks running down me arms for a trapped nerve ?, next day fell while trying to stand up spilt my chin up into my mouth so off to gp again. .sent me to hospital for x-ray and stitches. was x-rayed was told there's a mass at the top of yr. spine I'm afraid its arthritis. I politely asked him to go away and diagnose me with some thing else as I work outside for a living and wasn't happy with his diagnosis id of perfurd slight bruising or something may be . saw gp again due to lack of sensation in my arms went to hospital . 15 days later after being treated like some experiment having the same tests repeated numerous times but given no answers . my blood pressure became dangerously low and I was at last I was given a mri . . the same nurse that had treated me like I was a time wasting faker came running towards me and grabbed me to try and lie me down for some reason ............ it didn't go well....... another assault charge! some time later after id calmed down from people pulling me about without explanation this chap arrived (un be known to me was my surgeon and the man that despite the odds saved my life!. ) he spoke to me and explained that my spinal cord was trapped in a dangerous position and it could be fatal surgery was necessary immediately and the nearest neuro hospital was set up and waiting for me he couldn't believe how id gone so long and was still able to walk (shuffle any way ) . I was given poor odds . and here I am. I was given donor vertebrae mine were made into a pulp to help set the bones donated my spinal cord was relieved but suffered permanent damage a cage was put round it all and bolted together . when I woke I was told id have to go to rehab to learn to balance and walk ............... I joked and said I didn't need to learn how id been doing it just fine up until now and being the stubborn witch I am tried to get up.......... after the anesthetic wore off I tried again and indeed was up right and shuffling towards the door .........escape! yes I did I had to get home for the one thing that makes me fight every day ... my egg I hatched nearly 20 years ago ... My Misty Bird (African Grey Parrot) I'm her pet human . ......... I tend to joke about my health and put a face on it for others. this is my attempt at trying to say how I really feel under the fake smile and to be fair I do have more teeth than a comb! and am quite good at it! so here's hoping to talk to others that have to live with chronic pain and maybe learn a few things that might help . thank you for taking the time to have read this. Littlemissfrosty x
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