Life before injury: runner, skier, outdoors-woman loving hiking, fishing & camping
Initial Injury 1-11-2000: simply put: L4/5 rupture resulting from a work injury
Surgery: L4/5 cadaver disc fusion with hardware … and much, much un-interestingly more
Later “Diagnosis”: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (whatever that means!)
Average Daily Pain Scale #’s: 7-8
Life after injury: Discovered Photography & Fiber Art. Fought, but was drawn to agoraphobia
Managed Pain with: Successful/Unsuccessful attempt with a Spinal Stimulator in the early 2000’s. Fentanyl Patch & Norco – (used sparingly)
Break Through 2015: H.E.L.P. Pain management 6 week Clinic: “assisting those with chronic pain return to a meaningful life”. Program was run by Physicians, Physical Therapists, & Psychologists.
Life after HELP Clinic: was more drawn to intentionally “live” than “exist”.
Average Daily Pain Scale after attending HELP clinic: average # 4-6
Break Through: Ran in a 5K race with my special peeps … all Glory to God … moments I will NEVER forget.
Break Through: The gym and running became too hard on my 60ish year old body… I did not give up … I began swimming.
Average Pain Scale 6-7 … but, creeping up
2018 – saw a pamphlet in physician’s office for Nevro HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator