I am Neil Westerberg and I will try to keep it brief.
In June of 1978 I completed my one and only primary job application. Thirty four years later I accepted a voluntary layoff from the aerospace company due to chronic headaches. I believe I'm still capable of at least doing creative/helpful projects around our home, unfortunately I feel I have wasted the last six years of my life due to relentless pain.
It started with "Degenerative Disk Disease" in my neck. I never had headaches prior to the second fusion surgery performed in February 2012. Sense then I have had four extensive surgeries; undetermined number of injections; greater than thirty nerve burnings; care and testing from every known specialist for any system that can cause a headache…to first stop the pain in my neck and arms and secondly headaches that begin when I get out of bed in the morning.
Six years of early retirement wasted and now after several attempts over the past fourteen months to get help, I'm told this clinic can't talk to me until I am opiate free for two months and then they would look at my case and decide if they can help. The reasons are apparent (both physical and political) but, I have been down that road twice "quit the painkillers and I will give you something that will take care of the headaches", that obviously didn't work.
Stopping the opiates is not the hard part it's the wall of pain that is. If there was an alternative I would gladly go there. If anyone has an idea to help me with this unusual case I'm listening.
I have made it this far focusing on the next possible solution…well I'm down to a fifty/fifty chance on Stem cell injections or the expertise gathered in the Mayo clinic…I think.
Thanks in advance for your insight, I petition any help you may have. Neil