I have been coming here and just reading through many of the posts since 2007. Here is my story and I need advice and help on what to do next, please!!
I had a roller blading accident on March 6, 2006. Went on to work the next morning and just sat around swapping from hip to hip all day. The night after I went to work I woke up in horrible burning in my hips off and on all night...I mean it was bad!! The next morning I went to a doc in the box figuring all I had done was broke my tailbone. Which is what they said after xrays. Was sent home with pain meds and muscle relaxers to heal for six wks. Along about the fourth or fifth week I started calling spine doctors/specialists and was told to give it six full weeks then seek out a specialist. Which is what I did. Oct. of 2006 I started seeing a spine specialist mri's, xrays etc. were ordered and the doc said my disc at L4-L5 was bulging. Tried physical therapy, steriod injections, nothing helped so he ordered a discogram which showed L4-L5 so then he removed the disc and put hardware in. June of 2007 he removed the hardware because it caused me so much pain. I still hurt so they put me on Lyrica which helped for about two weeks, I even came off my pain meds and muscle relaxers! But then after two weeks the pain gradually started back. Around the holidays this year I started to not feel well. Achy in back, legs etc. I started having to sit down in front of the bathroom mirror to do my hair and makeup. (which I normally would not do!) On Dec. 30 this year I had another mri w/ contrast, which supposedly shows nothing at all wrong with me??!! The 31st I called the dr's office to ask about the mri and was told that the mri had been reviewed and there was no reason for me to come in any sooner than my next scheduled appt. (Jan. 29!!!) So I told her that I didn't care if the mri reads there is nothing wrong because I know there is and I needed to get an appt with the dr as soon as possible and I needed a refill on my pain meds and muscle relaxers. Well my husband was going to pick up my meds and I called just to be sure they were ready and they informed me my insurance would not cover them because it was too soon! Well, I couldn't figure out why in the world it would be considered "too soon" because I keep a close watch on my meds (the amount I have). Well come to find out the med. asst. at the dr's office had knocked my pain meds and muscle relaxers down to ONE per day! I didn't read on the bottle when I picked them up so I took them like I normally do sometimes 1 per day, but on a bad day I will take them one every four to six hrs!! (They were just Hydrocodone 5 and Robaxin 500) Well, I had the absolute worse few days after that!! I can't remember how many days I sat and cried because I couldn't stop the pain, I don't know if it was two or three. I asked my husband to get my walker out of the closet and I haven't used that since I came home from the hospital in Dec. 2006!! I called the answering service to tell them the problem with the meds and they informed me that my dr was not on call and they couldn't call him and the dr who was on call would not call me anything in for pain on the weekends she said it was "office policy". Well, I ended up not running out of meds because I got in to see my dr this evening. I started telling him how much pain I have been in and he told me he was puzzled because my mri looks good!! I asked (again) about nerve damage and he said it couldn't be nerve damage because nerve damage wouldn't just show up after over two years! I said that if he would look at my records he would see that I have not been off pain meds since I started seeing him, so it is not necessarily "just showing up after over two years" if that is what it is. So now he has ordered some bloodwork to check for infection in the spine, a nerve test, and a bone scan and I will see him back on the 20th to discuss results.
Any ideas about other tests? What might be wrong with me? ETC. ETC.
Oh, legs so weak they feel like they won't hold me up but achy, too. Lower back and butt hurt like heck. Weak as a kitten. No fever but when it was at it's worst I chilled alot.
I feel like everyone is going to start thinking (if some don't already) that I am lying.
Anyway, I hope someone reads this and at the least tells me that I am not going crazy!