Due to a fall in May of 2010, I fractured the T12 vertebrae. I had surgery to remove this vertebrae and fuse the T11 to the L1 vertebrae. This was done from the side, cutting muscle, the diaphragm, and breaking a rib to gain access to the anterior side of my spine.
After three months, the surgeon was satisfied the fusion was progressing and his construct was holding the spine at the proper angle. However, I was having a lot of pain in my pelvis, in the side where the incision was and from the rib that was broken.
But in order to return to work, I needed to stop taking narcotic pain medication.
During the first week of August 2010, I stopped taking this medication, hoping with physical therapy and Tylenol the pain would subside and I would be able to return to work.
By the morning of August 23, I had not slept more than two hours a night and frequently would find myself flipping through the channels at 4:00 am, hoping to find something other than paid programming and wishing I could fall asleep.
I had filled out the paperwork to go on disability and was beginning to think that I would have to take the narcotics and be unable to work.
At 5:00 am on the 23rd, I had a tablet of pain medication in my hand, knowing that if I just took it, I would get four or five hours of sleep. But because I had an appointment with the InterX Therapy Center that afternoon, I decided not to take the pill.
After a one-hour treatment, I felt much better but had some difficulty getting to sleep. After two Tylenol, I was able to sleep for 5 hours.
After two more treatments, I was falling asleep around 10:00 pm and sleeping and sleeping until 6:00 or 7:00. I had much less pain and found that my mood was also much improved.
I have had three weeks of treatments and now have a device at home with me. I have some pain, but nothing that requires narcotic medication.
I see the surgeon soon and look forward to being released to return to work.