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TRS1960

Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
Crushed by a falling tree December of 2000, suffering a subdural hematoma, eight broken ribs with a collapsed lung my spinal column was crushed over 3 inches. Now living with a spinal column having nearly as much titanium as a Ferrari holding 12 vertebrae, or what's left of them, together I've continued to work and raise my kids...well I've allowed my wife to raise our kids. For most of the time since my injury I've suffered horrific chronic pain and drug side effects equally terrifying. Speaking of my wife, it is true that the caregivers of those suffering debilitating illness or injury are angels of mercy. They often have a tougher time caring for us than we do being cared for. I've learned that knowledge is power and that to survive we must learn how our body works in order to use the tools given to us as we map out our new life. Back to the Ferrari, one could have the best mechanic's tools in the world, but without knowledge such tools are merely useless pieces of forged steel.

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Reply: Anyone have this problem from pain medication?
I've been hearing for over 14 years..."in 2-5 years there will be a quantum advance in pain...More
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Reply: Anyone have this problem from pain medication?
Yes, the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic is world renowned...I guess you can say good things about...More
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Reply: Anyone have this problem from pain medication?
I agree with Terrye completely, but that doesn't make it a simple answer. I started having...More
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Reply: Spinal Cord Stimulator
I can't recommend it, it took me years to make my decision. There's a lot of variables and...More
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Reply: Spinal Cord Stimulator
You sure got that right! We are better off with less or even no pain meds, but as you...More
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Reply: SCS from Boston Scientific
We're not supposed to use proper names or identification of doctors, manufacturers,...More
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Reply: pain managment
Yes, most of us have used TENS and/or ultrasonic equipment. TENS is becoming widely used...More
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Reply: Wrong-site surgery question
The hard part is it is knowing what problems will occur years later. Fusing two vertebrae...More
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Reply: Flat Back Syndrome & Chronic Pain
I can't answer your question, but I want to say you are doing a fantastic job of managing...More
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Reply: My pain and my memory...
Have you seen a psychologist? Pain really takes a toll on the brain and maybe a pain...More
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