Here is a shorter version to catch you up…
I was a pretty healthy person until I got in an accident in 2010. I was 25 years old at the time and life has never been the same. I was on an ATV in Mississippi and it tipped over and fell on top of me. The roll bar fell onto my chest and my health has been a pretty big nightmare ever since. The initial accident almost killed me. I had a Traumatic Dissected Thoracic Aorta, a Pneumothorax (collapsed lung), six fractured ribs, a broken Clavicle and needed stitches in my chin. I was airlifted to The Med (My life saving surgery was at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center, best name ever) in Memphis, TN and some fantastic trauma doctors/surgeons there saved my life.
Later in 2010 I was having circulation issues and developed Subclavian Steal Syndrome, and needed another surgery. I had a Vascular Bypass placed from my left Subclavian Artery to my left Carotid Artery. This gave me back pretty good circulation and I was finally able to find a pulse in my left wrist.
In 2014 I had back surgery. I have had on and off back issues ever since the accident. I had an L5-S1 Microdiscectomy. It has taken a long time, but that is finally pretty strong and not causing many issues.
In 2017 my vascular bypass from 2010 became blocked and I needed surgery again. The Vascular Surgeon was able to unblock the bypass, but after surgery I got a blood clot in the bypass. I had an Angiogram and they were able to remove the clot, and placed a stent in the bypass to keep it open, and keep the blood flowing.
Ever since this surgery I have had a ton of pain in my left arm, left shoulder, and left side of my neck (in addition to everything else!). As it turned out I had dissected an artery in my neck, and that was probably what caused all of the weakness, pain, and other symptoms I was experiencing. At this point it is hard to tell because I have so many things wrong with me!!
I did a month long pain management program at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, and they have helped me more than I can even begin to explain to getting back to living a “normal” life.
I am starting to get back to the things I couldn’t do for a long time, like gardening, some yoga, and working a part time job, and I am looking forward to seeing what else this body of mine is capable of.
Since I have started in 2018 here are my newest diagnoses;
Herniated Discs in Cervical Spine (C3-C4 mild disc bulge, C5-C6 mild concentric disc bulge, C6-C7 mild disc bulge)