Sometimes I gotta wonder if I've pissed off God. I went to my orthopedic surgeon yesterday to get checked out after the car wreck I had on August 29th, (that some one else caused BTW), and had the usual X-rays done. Well, he found that one of the screws holding the titanium plate in my neck where I had to have a disc removed six years ago had come loose and had backed out about 1/4 inch or so. He immediately ordered a CAT scan, and I got that done a few hours later.
I haven't heard back yet on the results of that, but he was worried enough about it that he put me into a neck brace and told me that it looked like the fusion of the two vertebra in my neck (that this metal plate is helping to hold together) looks like it may have been fractured in the accident, so I've gotta wear this brace now until he can determine if that's really the case. The X-ray is inconclusive, it's not detailed enough to tell, thus the CAT scan, and he said an MRI may be needed as well. He'll wait to see the CAT scan to determine that. So I may be going to have another surgery on my neck to fix this if it's serious enough.
I've been having these horrible headaches since the accident, and my back has been hurting more than normal, so I'm sure that this isn't going to be settled with the insurance company for some time. They of course wanted to settle right away and have me sign a waiver releasing them of any further obligations, but I've been down that road before, and I'm not about to let another ins co. screw me over again. They had the nerve to offer me $250.00 to cover the doctors visit yesterday, (this was last week they offered this), along with $1000.00 for the "pain and suffering", and whatever the rest of the medical bills totaled up to so far, around $4400.00 total, and then $719.40 for my car. Well, I can tell you that $250.00 won't even cover the X-rays, let alone the doctors visit, and now I've got the CAT scan on top of this, and maybe even an MRI, and surgery too! No, these guys aren't getting off that easy this time!
Man this brace sucks!!!! I've forgotten how they felt since the last time I had neck surgery and I had to wear one for 6 weeks afterwards. They make you sweat, they rub on your neck and chest and give you sore spots, they itch....., it just sucks, to put it bluntly!
And I'm wondering what will happen if this screw does come out. It was put in from the front of my neck, the plate is fastened to the front of my spine, because it's easier to get at than the back, and they don't need to cut any of your muscles to get to the spine this way, unlike my lower back where they cut and spread 14 1/2 inches of muscle and skin to gain access to my spine. I'm just a walking disaster area, waiting to fall apart!
My surgeon looked at me yesterday, shaking his head, and said, "Only you!!!", referring to all the problems I've had in the last 7 years. I've been a learning experience for him in that nothing seems to go right. It seems like all the little things that could go wrong, that have only a one in a thousand chance of happening, seem to happen to me. Don't get me wrong though, I trust this doctor completely. He's one of the best there is in this field. It just seems sometimes though that, "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all"!