The war is never over until the final battle is won but 19 years is a long time to be on the losing side.
Hi I'm new to this forum. Here's my story.
19 years ago I went to the GP complaining of persistent one sided headaches after a bike crash and I was told I had spondylosis.
The medication didn't work and what I was also starting to experience: haziness, vertigo seemed out of all proportion to the prognosis. The only thing that helped was my regular intake of drink and over the years this spiralled insidiously such that I could't separately identify the progression of the symptoms of the two.
Sparing the detail, the combined effects took a devastiting toll. I eventually worked a 12 step program and got rid of the latter but the pain was by now bewildering and still I had some very strange and frightening effects.
Because I chose to be straightforward about my alcolism my complaints were met with some scepticism by my new GP and though I new that something else was wrong and in need of investigation i had to fight a 5 year war of attrition with the doctor via 2 physiotherapy x ray painkillers antidepression medication etc before more or less demanding a scan. The GP seemed almost triumphant when it came back showing normal wear & tear, proving i had been the malingering drunk he suspected. Recently the chronic pain clinic identified a facet joint hypertrophy at 3/4 through reexamination of the mri scan and, although the diagnosis is ongoing it feels almost like a release from a prison sentece that some releif is in sight via block injections.The hardest lesson has been that it is necessary to fight so hard to get the treatment and that the trust placed in hghly qualified public servants is so often misplace.
Thanks for listening