- CASE FILE
In 2005, I was crossing the street as a pedestrian and I was struck by a vehicle. I’ve lived in pain daily for 14 years on a wheelchair
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In the past, I’ve had a spine fusion surgery on L-4 and L-5 for a herniated disk, which was unsuccessful and resulted in failed back surgery syndrome, sacroiliitis, lumbago, and radiculopathy. I developed scar tissue proceeding the surgery and further nerve damage. I’ve also had a left foot tear tendon repair and knee surgery for a torn meniscus. I suffer from movement disorder, in which my muscles contract involuntarily, causing twisting, jerking movements, slurred speech, or complete inability to speak. I also experience severe facial grimace and chronic pain on a daily basis. I’m able to walk short distances with a walker and assistance, but only for a few minutes. While walking my legs get extremely heavy, painful, and my body starts to involuntarily jerk. I use to wake up with severe leg pain, tingling sensations, and the inability to move but I fell recently during a jerking episode and since then my body has drastically worsened. Now, I wake up and I’m unable to speak or move, involuntarily body movements, difficulty breathing, body stiffness, and severe pain. When I awake every morning, I have to sit for about 20 minutes without moving till my body calms down, but I’m only able to do this with assistance. Some of my other symptoms include body aches, vertigo, tingling on my scalp, light headache, panic attacks, sensitivity to noise, ear buzzing, ringing, and chirping sounds. I can’t perform certain movements, such as blowing a kiss or stick my tongue out.