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As some of you may or may not know, I was in an automobile accident that has left my arms in severe pain since 11/26/09.   That was when I was traveling on Loop 360 in Austin Texas and was faced with emerging emergency vehicles from a hill perpendicular to the highway on.   I stopped and pulled over, the car behind me did not.  She, with her Lancer car, slammed into the back right of my Chevy truck at 60 mph.

Prior to being in this accident I had played out in my head that, if I get hit, I am going to hold on to the steering wheel for dear life.  Wrong maneuver to do.  

Not only did I have a whiplash, but I tore my shoulders from the sockets with the motion of whiplash and looking to the right in one fell swoop to see what hit me.

For that maneuver, I have been to the chiropractor, doctors, massage therapists, cortisone shots in the shoulders (twice) and physical therapists from November 2008 until May 2009 when I finally spoke up against the doctor who suggested that I needed to continue the therapy.  I advocated for myself for a change (it is easy to advocate for others, but so often advocates forget to advocate for themselves as well).  I insisted on having the surgery to manipulate the arms.

I had that surgery on Friday (the reason I have been so out of pocket lately) and today the pain I am having now is not bone pain so much, but muscle pain from muscles being moved in motions that they have never moved before.  He had to, essentially, dislocate my arms and move them back into the proper spot of the sockets (or as near as possible).  

I am relieved that the muscle pain is not near as bad as the bone pain I had been having.  I’m not at the woods yet though.  I am undergoing more physical therapy; however, this physical therapist (while acknowledged that my range of movement is still less than 50% currently) is encouraging in the fact that  she believes I’ll be restored in a few months.  If it isn’t exactly, I’ll be forgiving as I do have to give her credit for already getting me started on exercises beyond what that the other physical therapist had even considered putting me under.  

I’m feeling the pain from being pushed to a degree to do the exercises correctly, but it is like any exercise program one undergoes, if you feel no pain, there is no gain.

Hopefully, I am finally on the road to recovery.  Already, though, I am feeling soooo much better.  It is a huge relief that there is finally is light at the end of the tunnel.

NOTE:  Part of the reason I was able to endure the pain for so long  was the month or so that I did acquire some acupuncture.  If you haven’t tried that alternative medicine approach for pain management, you should indeed try to do so.  I reached uncomfortable levels of pain when my acupuncturist went on vacation.  I will certainly continue to do this alternative medicine approach to manage pain in my knee suffering from osteoarthritis and any level of pain that continues in my road to recovery.  I’m interested in pursuing it on other levels as well, for weight management for example.  In the meantime, it is one step at a time and I am grateful to be on a road to recovery.

Moral of story:  If you aren’t on the road to recovery from whatever is ailing you, perhaps, it is time now to advocate for yourself.

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