Back Pain - injuries and treatments

NOTE - THIS is the crude version of the site newer version is hopefully coming soon

I've suffered with work related back pain since 1993.
I was a woodworker , lifting some times thousands of board feet of hardwoods in a 8 hour day.
Now after 2 back surgeries and another serious change in the state of my spine
I'm currently described as " permantely disabled" and live with what the doctors refer to as "chronic pain"
To help "rehabilitate" my self and to give myself something productive to do , I started this site .
Hopefully , the time spent here , can help others save time in locating support , help or ideas.

I've found that Doctors love to prescribe lots of medicine but most supply very little information.

I soon am going to under go training to become a "support group leader"
I'll be starting the ONLY chronic pain support group in Buffalo,NY
There are some other groups that may touch on pain sometimes
but none that just deal with pain itself , only when it is caused by something specific
I am not a "professional or do I claim to be an expert on anything except
on how I live and deal with constant pain.

I always hated to hear about people using lawyers
but the more I deal with workmans compensation and social security disability ,
I can see the need to find a good one to have.
So far I haven't needed mine a lot.
BUT I'm glad to have him behind me when it comes time to deal with these people

The sections below will give people some ideas
Click on UNDERLINED text for link to that page


The Broken_Gargoyle
My story - the injury , the pain , my treatments ,
my experiences with the Medical community , Insurance companies and workers compensation.



Pain / Back Print Articles and various website links
These are not here for anything other than to help you become more educated about :
Various ways of dealing with bad backs , with cronic pain and disability
It should be stated and acknowledged , I don't want or need to get into legal trouble
So I do NOT have any degrees and am NOT A PROFESSIONAL
These are here just to offer any ideas for helping people ( like me ) who are hurting


Videos dealing with Pain
This page has links to videos dealing with chronic pain
I have no part in producing them
I am just supplying links to the sites that have either produced them or host them.


Pain and Back Humor
This page has "bad back" pictures , jokes and cartoons
These are not here for anything other than a few good laughs
One doctor told me "Laughter IS the best medicine" but what's he know , he's dead now.

I have received most of these via forwarded e-mails. But any credits I know of , will be shown and acknowledged

Back and Neck Stretches and Excercises
This page has some sheets of stretches and excercises
These are not here for anything other than to show what I have done and still do daily
Use your head when excercising , increased pain is the bodies warning signal that something IS NOT RIGHT

Always check with your doctor before starting any excercise programs

COMMING SOON ___after the rest of excercises are added
Dealing with finances , workers compensation claims and insurance companies


These are not here for anything other than to help you learn about :
Living within the "System" with chronic pain and disability
Again , It should be stated and acknowledged ,
I don't want or need to get into legal trouble
So I do NOT have any degrees and am NOT A PROFESSIONAL ,
so before you act on any information here
PLEASE consult your DOCTOR or LAWYER


Due to my back problems I CAN'T devote the time I once could to the internet
but I'll try to return any communications as fast as possible


Page updated September 14 , 2007