I broke my neck on the job due completely to a coworkers stupidity back in 2001,worked until December 2008 (I was pretty much dragged kicking and screaming from the workforce...I'm stubborn like that
),C2 and C4,there's damage all the way down to the lower lumbar/pelvic region including but not limited to trauma induced scoliosis,fused vertibrea,degenerative and disintigrated discs,nerve damage,and there was some minor damage to the portion of the brain that controls short term memories (makes for a built in excuse with the Wife though
). I have good days and bad,constant pain (I have developped a high tolerance to most forms of pain over the years) that's 100% of the time,but often spikes. C3 will occasionally "slip out of place" and cause all kinds of temporary issues. I sometimes go for months with no issues other than the constant moderate pain and stiffness/lack-of-range-of-motion,but sometimes it's difficult to walk. There's shrapnel in my right lower leg from my ARMY days,but it's just a good story/scar,it doesn't have issues other then being pretty
Hmm,lets see...self inflicted injuries over the years (not intentional,mind you,LOL,due to taking risks)...I've broken most of my ribs on the right front,3 on the left (motocross),right arm (ditto),right foot (ditto),my nose (bar fight in my early 20's,I won,LOL),my right collarbone (cycling),the right shoulder has been ripped out of it's socket twice,and the rear clavical muscle was torn loose from the bone once (same mtn biking incident),lets see...I split/sliced my left index finger in-two like a banana split on the job the same year I broke my neck,nearly bled to death walking (yes...walking) to the ER out in Utah,severed nerves,tendons,muscle,bone...it's all synthetic now,doesn't bother me.......maybe my biggest disability has been the lack of the ability to not take too many risks,ya think?
I'm a bit safer now,have 2 kids to finish raising
FWIW,I am legally disabled due to the spinal injuries now-I call it "retired",but this allows me to be a house-dad and spend lots of time with the Wife and kids,which I missed lots of in my former career as a long haul truck driver,I'm loving that-the issues I deal with seem a small price to pay for that...I accept that most of it will degenrate as I age,but still worth it,I missed TOO much :)