My back injury happened in 1998 helping to push a motor home on our outside lift. The push was going fine until the motor home front tires hit the lift ramps. At that time the pusher we were using popped its circuit breaker. I was pushing down low, when the motor home rolled back, my low back jackknifed my pelvic went down my spine went up and over. The pain was tremendous, my left leg and arm started to spasm, but instead of calling for help I did the best I could to walk it off.
At that time I did not know the extent of the damage I did to my low back. Six months or more had passed before my wife forced me to see a doctor, after some x-rays and tests the real damage was known. I popped two disks and mushroomed three vertebras and had severe nerve damage.
In 2003 the surgeons where able to repair the disk and vertebra by using cadaver bone for disk, carving my vertebra flat , and using titanium rods to hold everything together. My surgeon was not able to repair the nerve damage.
Now that my spine was repaired in 2006 my surgeon installed an internal cortical stimulator to help control the pain of my nerve damage. I was able to discontinue the use of the Oxycontin at that time. Even with the stimulator I still had to walk with a cane and often using a walker in the house. I was not able to walk very far before my leg would fall out from under me sitting in a chair for too long would lock up my back and I could not get up without help.
The medication I was on was Kadian 60mg in the morning, Norco 6 to 8 per day when needed Kadian 50mg before bed anti-depressants daily and pain injections 2 to 3 times a month. As I write this I am using a pain patch that I replace once a week Kadian 30mg at night and a anti- depressant.
I started the EWOT in October 2010 the results started on the third week. I stopped using my cane in December. Dr. Charles McCrory started to wing me off of my meds in January 2011, the EWOT therapy was only 12 weeks long.
I now can take walks with my wife, I ride by bicycle most every morning, I can bend, I don’t need help getting dressed any more, I feel great.