Friday, March 27, 2009

Trigger Point Injections and Me!

To My Readers:

This is a three-part series involving my latest treatment for my RSD.

The treatment is called "Trigger Point Injections".

There is no "cure" Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) .

The top picture is what I looked like
BEFORE I got RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy). I was a successful, independent software contractor making a 6 figure salary. So basically, I was very happy.......

On Jan 8, 2005 my whole life changed. That was the day of my hand surgery, and my life has never been the same.

I had to stop working (forced retirement) and file for disability (SSDI) because I could no longer function without my right hand! A few months later, I lost some use of my left hand too.. and then my legs stopped working. So now I'm confined to a wheelchair.

"So my wages went down to approx $1,000 a month. NO ONE can live on that. But I had to; I had no choice!

Remember: I was the sole support of my family......Talk about a stressful situation, this was it!" I cried every night wondering how I could ever find the money to feed my family. I even went to a contract meeting with a client, in a cast, and pretended I was fine, even though inside I was screaming with white, hot searing pain.

In the end, I just could not take the contract. There was just no way I was going to be able to bluff my way through and give the client what he paid for.

RSD tends to spread and mine was no different!!!! It spread like a wildfire!

Nothing would stop it ...until Tuesday, March 24, 2009, when I got my first "Trigger Point Injection"..............

Thank GOD for Dr.Kenneth Hampar, M.D. at the Pain Institute of Nevada

Picture #2 AFTER I got RSD. It's a picture of my right hand. Does it look like a hand? Nope. It doesn't. And it didn't work like one either..........

Now, I can't wait for the day when I don't have to have help with cutting up my food; cooking, cleaning, helping me bathe, brush my teeth, brush my hair.........etc.

The list can go on forever........but you get the picture. I feel like a baby. Its humiliating......

I want some self-reliance. I want my pride back. I want to not be so foggy that I fall asleep with food in my mouth from so much pain medicine.

Treatment schedule:

1st Trigger Point Injection: March 24, 2009

2nd Trigger Point Injection: March 31, 2009

1 mo Followup:

I hope you will join me. I am very excited, especially after the first shot.

! (hint: that is the original site of the RSD)

Please remember: No treatment works the same for everyone. It seems to have worked on my hand, at least the first shot did.

How long will it last? I don't know.

You will know when i know.

Will the 2nd one work to sever the pain cycle forever? I don't know...

I have all of these questions and more . I'd love you to find out with me. My next shot is Tuesday. I will be writing the next update the. Hope to see you soon.


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