Two million children a year visit A&E because they have been hurt in an accident, the Audit Commission said.
And not enough has been done to tackle the problem, which is thought to cost the NHS
As most of you know, I have been suffering from DSP (the ‘big daddy’ of SPD) from 8wks into my second pregnancy (I had SPD with my first) and about six months after the birth I had the ‘plating’ operation. The consultant did say that the procedure only carried a 50% success rate but being wheelchair bound at the time I saw it as a 50% chance of getting out of the blasted thing!!! Anyway, we had a certain degree of success in that I’m not so dependant on the w/chair (unless I’m going shopping etc) but I’m still in a tremendous amount of pain constantly and I have to rely on crutches all the time to get around (even in the house)…
Anyway, I’ve been passed from pillar to post so much it’s unbelievable, and I’ve had comments ranging from “it’s a swine of a condition to treat”, “you really need to learn to live with it” and “maybe it’s because you’re depressed that your mind is playing tricks on you and you only ‘think’ you’re in pain” – (the fact that it’s actually the pain/condition that has caused the depression seems to have been overlooked).
Finally, I saw someone (a pelvic specialist) who actually believes me and, more importantly, he’s willing to try and work out a way to improve my quality of life! wehey!
It turns out that after taking loads of x-rays (at all sorts of really obscure angles) there are two of the four screws in the plate not working (one is hanging out and he’s not to sure what the other is doing: certainly not it’s job!). Therefore, the plate itselff isn’t doing the job it was meant to… (the last consultant that I saw about 3mths ago said the plate was fine and it was doing it’s job – I disagreed and asked for this second opinion! thank god I did!).
Anyway, the result is that I’ve now to go for a bone scan to check on any inflammation and to see if there is any corrosion/infection in the bone. Once I’ve had the results from that, he’ll then decide which way to proceed. He thinks at the moment, it definitely looks mechanical and I’ll need another operation to ‘double plate’ the front, and then screws inserted into the back (at the SI joints) to stabalize it completely. The downside is that it might make my pelvis too rigid, so we’re going to sit down after the bone scan to discuss in detail the possible benefits/down sides so that I can make a fully informed choice. Apparently this is ‘major’ surgery and I’m obviously not looking forward to it but the thought of maybe, just maybe getting my life back appeals so much that I’m willing to try anything! What I don’t want to do though, is just jump right in there again.. after all, i’ve had the plating already and a hysterectomy to try and sort this and I feel as if my body is just falling apart (literally). Should I just stop here?
Has anyone else out there had to go to this extreme? IIf so, I’d really love to hear from you.. ‘m just worried that I might end up making matters worse (although to be honest I’m in such a state mentally & physically I don’t really see how that could happen)..
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