I am looking for anyone who can help me understand why I would have chronic, intense pain throughout my entire spine, cervical, thoracic and lumbar.
I have 6 previous closed head injuries resulting in loss of consciousness, once at the bottom of a pool and had to be revived. I have had numerous negative MRIs, one provocative discogram at C5-C6, C6-C7.I have a diagnosis of TMJ, occipital neuralgia and persistent post concussion syndrome. And was previously diagnosed with thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel which has now been ruled out.
I also have severe migraines that have caused blind spots, dizziness and confusion. These headaches have been chronic for almost 20 years now and I am so used to the pain that the only symptoms I tend to acknowledge is the confusion, dizziness and fatigue. My neurologist calls these stroke like sypmtoms. They are worse with menstral cycles and pregnancies. I can become so disoriented that I can only crawl and am incomprehensible. So confused I have been a risk to myself and others at times by doing things ridiculously foolish. I find myself unable to recognize people I have known for months to years. My doctor says stress can cause all of this, but offered me no solutions.
I was able to function most days through all of this as severe symptoms were rare. When the economy failed I could not find any other job than as a CNA to support my 2 kids. After the first week I started to develop the severe debilitating back pain. I could not get out of bed except to force myself to work. The popping up and down my spine started. I changed to a less demanding health care center, but the pain persisted. I have popping when I rotate my shoulders and flex any part of my spine. X-Rays show muscle spasm but nothing else. I have incredible pain and cannot get out of bed most days.
I am so fed up with it. Need some serious help.