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Help Brittney "itsbririvers"

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Raised by 109 people in 6 months
Created December 19, 2018
Brittney "itsbririvers" is my wonderful girlfriend and is a budding producer in film & television. The only thing that could rival that passion is her love of gaming and the gaming community.

A few weeks ago, following a normal gym workout, she started to experience some back pain. As of a week ago, she started to have extreme and excruciating sciatic pain that rendered her unable to move and has since been bedridden. It got so bad that we had to rush to the ER at 3 am on Monday (17th) to find a way to get things under control. After 6mg of morphine through IV as well as anti-inflammatories, she was still experiencing extreme levels of pain. 

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Brittney is a freelancer and uninsured. We are still trying to diagnose this issue although we suspect that it's a herniated disc pressing on the sciatic nerve. We're hoping that the MRI we did yesterday will shed some light on what exactly we're up against and how to move forward with treatments. We are hoping that if we're able to get the right medication or procedure that it'll get us to the point that we can rehabilitate her and her normal life can resume. Currently, she's unable to do anything but lay on her front and sometimes her back-- this is the only relief she really has from the intense pain. She is unable to game, unable to write, unable to work or think or sleep or function in any of the ways that truly make her happy.

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The $5000 requested will offset her various bills for the: ER, Chiropractor, Prescriptions, Primary care doctor, Diagnostics (MRI), Ubers, and any other procedure as it becomes necessary.

Watching someone you love in unbearable pain and feeling helpless and uncertain is so difficult. To relieve the added problem of money would make things so much easier for Brittney, and hopefully, allow us to explore options that will take better care of her. 

Thank you so much <3

Update 20/12/2018: We've done the MRI and it showed L5-S1 herniated disc (5mm). We were referred to a specialist and got Brittney a steroid injection in her lumbar. It's unclear at the moment if it's a fragment, part of the disc, or just purely the inflammation that's pressing and pinching on her sciatic nerve. We got some additional oral steroids to try and help with the inflammation, we also picked up more oxycodone. Unfortunately the pain meds don't seem to really do much for the pain as it's nerve based, and Brittney can't really find any positions to lay or sit or stand that provide any relief. On the pain scale she's constantly at a 5 and often an 8-10.  The steroid injection will take 1-3 days to kick in, so we don't know yet if it will work. If it works then we'll follow up with another one. If it doesn't provide any relief, then they need to do an epidural injection. If that doesn't work then surgery will be the final option. I'm with her all the time doing for her whatever I can. I know that all the support means so much to her, so thank you again for your kindness, I hope the shot works and she can finally get some relief and get back to the things she loves.

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Brittney is doing better post-epidural injection. She recently began walking again without the assistance of a walker, instead, we have upgraded to a cane! Her sciatic pain is still extreme and requires heavy pain medication and frequent icing. We're hoping that with another injection, more PT and continued good habits that she'll be able to return to normal function and work in the next couple of weeks.

Your generousity has been key in helping us with many of the out of pocket expenses such as the diagnostics, consultants, injections, medications, PT, chiro and more.

Thank you so much!
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Hello, Everyone. Brittney, here! I wanted to write this update for two reasons: 1) Because I can finally use my brain for longer than 3 minutes; 2) I am immensely thankful for the support.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who participated in the charity stream, hosted by Vince, Thorin, and the gang. The guys raised over $1k on that stream, which has made it possible for me to book the epidural I'll be getting tomorrow. And, it was hecka fun to watch! I'm so glad the community got to witness a group smack down of this caliber.

Secondly, thank you to all of you who have been interacting with Dan and me, via IG, Twitter, texts, etc. Having things to read helped a lot and kept me feeling somewhat involved. I even had a bit of fun with the trolls.

I've been regularly receiving ultrasound treatments, alongside plenty of icing/heat and laser treatments (for circulation).

Dan will update the page post-epidural, and I'll ask him to include my MRI. It's pretty cool. I have a floating bone fragment, y'all.

Xoxo,
B
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Update 2: Brittney is doing better today after the steroid injection and is experiencing some relief, although she still can't sleep on her back and the only reliable position to alleviate extreme pain is on her stomach. She is also taking much stronger painkillers (oxycodone) and oral anti-inflammatory drugs. We've booked her in for an epidural for Thursday with the hope that it won't be needed, but we'll see how things progress.

Once again thank you all so much for your support in helping us to offset these big medical bills. It's a huge relief. It's still a long road and we have more injections to do and physical therapy and the like, but hopefully this is the turning point!
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