I joined just 3 days ago when I found the App, and have responded to some of your posts already.
I would like to introduce myself, and this is my situation thus far.
In 1995, I suffered an ACL Tear while in the 2nd Gulf War, and was unable to walk at all.
The Army threw all the pain medication they had on stock at me, with no results. I remained in pain and unable to walk.
I was medically discharged (MED-200 I am sure they thought I was simulating) and over the course of 6 months, I taught myself how to walk again.
Since then, I found out what had happened. My ACL was torn completely off, and because the Army only took an X-Rax instead of a MRI like I requested (cost reasons) they could not see it and said "everything is fine".
Almost 20 years of walking unbalanced due to this injury is what caused my other current injuries.
2004 - Dehydration of all cervical discs excluding C7/TH1
2004 - 12mm primary narrow spinal canal
2004 - Abnormal straightening of the Cervical spine
2004 - Abnormal straightening of the Lumbar spine
2004 - Subligamentary lateral flat cranial prolapse right C6/C7
2004 - Peripheral, with cut, lateral prolapse right Th2/3
2004 - (M42.13) Osteochondrosis C5/C6 with bony neuroforaminal (M48.00) stenosis left and a left lateral (M43.02) retrospondylosis
2005 - (M50.20) herniated cervical discs
2005 - (M51.26) herniated lumbar discs
2006 - (M50.01) Chronical Cervical disc disorder
2006 - (M51.06) Intervertebral disc disorder
2008 - (M76.20) Femoral Acetabular Impingement - both hips
2008 - (M85.551) Subchondral Cyst right femur head
2008 - Marrow Cyst proximity of Femurmetaphyse right
2008 - Subchondral cyst lateral acetabulum left
2008 - (K40) Inguinal hernia left (has since been operatively corrected)
2008 - (K40) Inguinal hernia right (has since been operatively corrected)
2012 - (S83.611A) Right knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear (sustained and left undiagnosed in 2nd Gulf War, 1995)
2013 - (M53.1) Cervicobrachial Syndrome with Hypesthesia and physical weakness 4/5 right
2013 - (M50.01) Chronical Cervical disc disorder
2013 - (M79.2) Cervical neuralgia
2013 - (M25.361) Chronic Knee pain right with functional instability
2013 - (M25.362) Chronic Knee pain left with functional instability
2013 - Chronic Hip Pain (due to M76.20)
2013 - Medicine Non Responder (Opioids, NSAID, NSAR)
--here is the reason the vicodin and perkosets the Army was lobbing at me were not working
2015 - (M51.06) Chronical Lumbar Disc Degeneration
2015 - (M50.30) Chronical Cervical Disc Degeneration
2015 - (M76.20) Femoral Acetabular Impingement - both hips
2016 - (M51.9) herniated cervical discs
I have since had my discharge changed to Honorable Discharge and am receiving disability compensation, but only from the date I requested it. The disability money from 1995 to 2012 will never be seen. (roughly 400k). That part still bothers me, but I grin and bear it.
I still work full time when I am not written sick, and have a job where I could potentially work from home full time doing the same tasks, but my department manager does not want to allow me to because he says he has no control over what I am doing in that time frame. That's fine with me, I am looking for another position within the company where I can work from home full time with no pay penalty. I am American, but live and work in Germany. Here they have very specific laws governing how companies may treat persons with disabilities. I can not be fired unless I do something really dumb like steal from the company. It is a tenure of sorts.
Due to the years spent without functional pain medication, I have an above average tolerance to pain. Anything below 5 I can stand and perform at 90%, but it is exhausting. At 8, I start to sweat profusely. At 10, I am helpless.
Most people around me do not believe that I have any problems at all because I "look" healthy. I was a high performance athlete since I was age 5, no drugs, no tobacco, some alcohol. I played American Football, Wrestled Collegiately, and participated in Track. When I entered the Military, I was at my physical peak condition. Even now, as long as the pain medication works, I can out-perform others who have no disability at all.
Since 2013 I have been receiving Dronabinol (an oil derived from Cannabis).
It works. I will say that again due to how overjoyed I am that it does. It works.
The first time I received it, I was a bit hopeless, because I thought it was not working. An hour later, I felt medicine working for the first time in my life. It was undescribable. Once it dropped my pain to a 3, I finally realized just how destroyed my body was.
Since then, I am in physical therapy and manual therapy 2 times a week, and my dronabinol consumption is equal roughly to 2g of pure cannabis a day. I am couch-locked when I take Dronabinol, and because it was causing severe nausea, I have switched to Sativa Cannabis. This works faster than Dronabinol (5 minutes as opposed to 1+ hour) and does not couch-lock me. I am fully cognitive and awake, with a minimal pain level while the effects last.