MVA-motor vehicle accident-soft tissue trauma, Rx & type treatment/s

Posted by 123zale @123zale, Jan 10, 2017

I am male, 79 years old and 40 months since MVA. Still have limited ability to turn head to right, major problem when making left hand turn while driving. Limit on lift repeatedly is 10 pounds, like cat liter, and gallon of water. Trauma has now increased previous lumbar pain from mild spinal stenosis and causing increased pain and limitation in standing and very recently with sitting in church or even at home in a soft chair. Pain has radiated to my piriformis muscle in buttock area, especially right side. Do not feel sciatic nerve issue because pain does not radiate down either leg. Have been having increased neuropathy feeling in both upper legs areas, not much below knee. Orthopedic MD suggest epidurial injection to help pain versus repeated butt injections by two different medical practice and three doctors. Any experience from others with injections? What other therapies have you tried ? Appreciate any fee back.

JJ WEST SOUNDS LIKE A STRONG PERSON. We all work at improving our physical, mental and spiritual lives. We need all three to live fully in this life and to remember to keep moving as much as we can.

@jjwest

Hi Everyone,
The more I read the more I am overcome with how so many of us in life are hurting physically, and with it, mentally. Life is so unpredictable isn’t it?There are times I feel like I am in a torture chamber and there is no way out, and that I cannot bear anymore. But I do, and life just keeps going as if there is no pain or misery in the world. I truly appreciate people in my life who have been supportive, and good friends that keep me thinking straight…meaning not feeling sorry for myself. And keeping a positive attitude. Yes, yes, I know….”I am positive I am hurting” he he
This is my story, and I hope it’s not offensive.
I have three natural born children
I was married for 39 years and the love of my life died of cancer.
I have had a complete hysterectomy
Foot surgery
Exploratory surgery
2 neck surgeries,,,bone spurs into my spinal cord, injuring the spinal cord.
spinal stenosis lower back, now upper back
Peripheral Neuropothy I am told from spinal cord injury and stenosis. I started with one 400 mg of gamapentin once a day to 4- 800 mg + tramadol each day, and sometimes that does not stop the pain. It started in my feet and has advanced feet up to knees and in my hands.
Three way by pass
2 heart attacks
2 strokes
Pace maker…that I use 100%
Spinal stimulator
100 #s overweight
high blood pressure
and the latest.. possible kidney issues.
So when all these things affect me, that is when I feel like I am in a torture chamber.
But getting through those times is what keeps me going and hoping. You are either the victim or the victor, I choose to be the victor. That is not always easy, sometimes I just want the pain to stop and let me go. I have been sleeping a lot lately, not sure what that is all about. I don’t think I am depressed, I am on Zoloft and it has helped greatly.
My heartfelt wish for all of us is that we can find Peace & Love for ourselves and others……JJ

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jjwest—an osteopathic doctor, suggested I reduce Rx Gabapentin with the side effects I informed him I was experiencing. This doctor recommended 100mg 3 times per day and one-300mg at bedtime. This appears to be working for me for about 60 days.

Inflammation is still an issue in my body. I have an appointment with a special nutrition MD, in three days, who gives lectures to other doctors. He Rx several special blood test that took about 5 to 7 days to get results, previously.

I am obese, and following my pulmonary doctor advise, cut my weight from 230/235 lbs to 200/205 following his suggestion. He said eat everything I regularly eat. Only half as much, as often as I can when eating. It wasn’t easy, however it worked for me. Since motor vehicle accident with my anxiety, I have eaten more. However I am holding at 2o5/215 lbs, 20 to 30 lbs less than before MVA.

You should continue to count your blessing, as I do several times per day, that you keep going. GOD BLESS YOU and all of working to be the best in health that we can as we mature.

Zale,
Thank YOU for reminding me. I think that if someone see a person a certain, the the responsibility to be that is very important. I have learned from other people, that no matter how I feel,,I always have a smile on my face, an when I cannot, I try not to be around anyone. I am enjoy this chat forum or whatever it is called. I have looked for something like this for a long time. There are not many places you can share your life with. I am expecting this one will be. Thank you EVERYONE for offering you compassion, suggestions, advice and stories of your journeys. KEEP ON TALKING!
PEACE AND LOVE…JJ

@jjwest

Hi Everyone,
The more I read the more I am overcome with how so many of us in life are hurting physically, and with it, mentally. Life is so unpredictable isn’t it?There are times I feel like I am in a torture chamber and there is no way out, and that I cannot bear anymore. But I do, and life just keeps going as if there is no pain or misery in the world. I truly appreciate people in my life who have been supportive, and good friends that keep me thinking straight…meaning not feeling sorry for myself. And keeping a positive attitude. Yes, yes, I know….”I am positive I am hurting” he he
This is my story, and I hope it’s not offensive.
I have three natural born children
I was married for 39 years and the love of my life died of cancer.
I have had a complete hysterectomy
Foot surgery
Exploratory surgery
2 neck surgeries,,,bone spurs into my spinal cord, injuring the spinal cord.
spinal stenosis lower back, now upper back
Peripheral Neuropothy I am told from spinal cord injury and stenosis. I started with one 400 mg of gamapentin once a day to 4- 800 mg + tramadol each day, and sometimes that does not stop the pain. It started in my feet and has advanced feet up to knees and in my hands.
Three way by pass
2 heart attacks
2 strokes
Pace maker…that I use 100%
Spinal stimulator
100 #s overweight
high blood pressure
and the latest.. possible kidney issues.
So when all these things affect me, that is when I feel like I am in a torture chamber.
But getting through those times is what keeps me going and hoping. You are either the victim or the victor, I choose to be the victor. That is not always easy, sometimes I just want the pain to stop and let me go. I have been sleeping a lot lately, not sure what that is all about. I don’t think I am depressed, I am on Zoloft and it has helped greatly.
My heartfelt wish for all of us is that we can find Peace & Love for ourselves and others……JJ

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And just think Philio, there are so many others, that have far more physical and mental journeys that are very hard to bear. You said you “just” have constant foot pain, pain in any amount is still depleting. Hang in there, some day there will be discoveries that will make these maladies seem like a faded memory. I am still waiting for the machine like they had on Star Trek, the one that is like a chamber that you lay down in and it sees what is wrong and fixes it. We are close and I hope to see it before I leave this existence.
PEACE AND LOVE…JJ

JJ, You’re welcome. Like getting through grief, the mental health for all of us with physical health issues need to share. I found several groups through Mental Health of our local hospital that was helpful for me. Hearing and seeing others in person, and outside group lunch with members of group, let me see how fortunate I was, from MVA, and the physical health issues other were living with and seeing their pains in group times, in sitting or standing, and bending over in pain. Keep seeking and you will find a group or one individual to share what is on your mind. Keep moving and talking, 123 Zale

@jjwest

Zale,
Thank YOU for reminding me. I think that if someone see a person a certain, the the responsibility to be that is very important. I have learned from other people, that no matter how I feel,,I always have a smile on my face, an when I cannot, I try not to be around anyone. I am enjoy this chat forum or whatever it is called. I have looked for something like this for a long time. There are not many places you can share your life with. I am expecting this one will be. Thank you EVERYONE for offering you compassion, suggestions, advice and stories of your journeys. KEEP ON TALKING!
PEACE AND LOVE…JJ

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Hi Justin,
I think I understand what you were saying earlier about weighing in.
My experiences with injections are mixed.  While they were the only thing I was aware of, it was so wonderful to have that. Then when I moved and had to find another Pain Dr.  I was fortunate enough to find one that had different ideas on treatment for my
condition.  He did a couple of injections, then changed medications and the very first injection was amazing.  I walked out of the procedure with no pain and did not have to have another injection for a little over 9 months.  I do not remember what he changed.
 Then he said that I was a perfect candidate for a spine stimulator.  I researched it and after many painful sleepless days and nights I decided to have the stimulator implanted.  I went thru a 2 week trial first to see if I would benefit from it, and it was
wonderful  I was sent to an neurosurgeon to have it implanted.  I was so thrilled about how it worked and was told by the neurosurgeon that it would get even better.  It has. I no longer have the pain in my right hip and leg.  It was crippling before the implant,
and now it is almost non-existent.  Now I have stenosis above that area the stimulator helps, and I have bone spurs going into my spine again, so surgery is something I will have to consider.  Thanks to "Maria’s" message to me, she has experienced good results
from fusion in her back and knows of others that have had good results.  I have been told that the spine stimulator will need to stay for other issues, fine with me.  I feel like pretty soon I will be bionitic because of all the implants.  he he
Any info I can offer, of course I will.  I try not to be too needy or talk too much.  So I tend not to be on this site all the time.

PEACE AND LOVE…JJ

@jjwest

Zale,
Thank YOU for reminding me. I think that if someone see a person a certain, the the responsibility to be that is very important. I have learned from other people, that no matter how I feel,,I always have a smile on my face, an when I cannot, I try not to be around anyone. I am enjoy this chat forum or whatever it is called. I have looked for something like this for a long time. There are not many places you can share your life with. I am expecting this one will be. Thank you EVERYONE for offering you compassion, suggestions, advice and stories of your journeys. KEEP ON TALKING!
PEACE AND LOVE…JJ

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Good for you! Wish I had be candidate for stimulator. Spine is too curved to get leads in.

Thanks for sharing with me .Zale,
Sounds like you have been on quite a journey. About the stimulator,..have you researched that avenue? I understand from my granddaughter that there are a lot of different devices for people who have trouble walking.. She was sharing somethings she has learned in her; college classes about devises that are helping paraplegics walk. Her info is what made me go ahead with the Stimulator. I sure hope you can find relief in all avenues of your live. Like you said and keep moving and talking. NEVER give up! And remember that no matter what…you are loved!
PEACE & LOVE JJ

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