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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: Spinal burst fractures
It's typical to use some of your own doner bone and bone extender (I think it's called) to...More
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Reply: extra half formed lumber disk
If your ex is a dentist didn't you get medical insurance in your divorce?
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Reply: 8th level fusion - worse decision of my life
It's only August 2014...how'd you have surgery in November? If it was 2013 it's been...More
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Reply: Legal advice on claiming disability status with em...
The best info is on the EEOC web site. There's an arm called JAN I believe that can assist...More
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Reply: Slipped disc in D-Spain
I posted the wrong URL...stupid phone! Meant this ...More
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Reply: Complete Lumbar Fusion
I believe the post states they want to fuse the rest of the lumbar. Patient is currently...More
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Reply: Joy how did your appt. go?
Years ago my doc put me on Opana ER http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-144617-Opana ER...More
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Reply: Chronic Back Pain for over a year. Please help!
I agree with Joy, physiatrist don't just deal with pain, more importantly they may find the...More
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Reply: Joy how did your appt. go?
The good thing about waiting is you can always change your mind. Being that the chances of...More
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Reply: What's wrong with me?
Nobody can diagnose you online. It sounds like at least one doctor can't even diagnose you...More
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For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center