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I'm ready to give up!

eskotaeeskota Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm a 39 year old woman with a history of medical issues which include a 2 & 1/2 week ruptured appendix in my abdomen @ the age of 7 & a total abdominal hysterectomy @ the age of 29. I had a motor vehical accident on 04/25/2003 @ the age of 32. Compression fractures T4-T7 and blow out fracture to right orbital. I've had chronic pain issues and severe migraines since. I've gone from 5ft 7in to 5ft 4in in height. I have gone from 287lbs to 209lbs. I went through 2 rounds of physical therapy and a round with pain management injections that worked a while. I did ok but still had pain management issues so I resorted to alternative methods because dealing with the bureaucracy of pain management was, quite honestly, driving me crazy. My last T-Spine MRI was in 2008 and noted "anterior boney fusion in upper thoracic spine w/increased kyphosis" so my Dr sent me in for more injections through pain management. Since May 2010 I've noticed a marked increase in my pain and none of the alternative methods seemed to help, so I quit. My medications include Cymbalta, Mobic, Zanaflex, Imitrex and Estrace. I went back to my pain management Dr and tried the bureaucratic regimin once again, which now has me worse off than the beginning. My spinal issues have exacerbated to several bulging discs from C2-C6 and L4-S1. I have more days with headaches now than without. I'm unable to focus on one task at a time because I constantly hurt. My employer has noticed a major decrease in my productivity and quality of work. I've been in Physical Therapy since the beginning of June, three times a week working at first on my lumbar and for the past 3 weeks my cervical spine. Even when I do the physical therapy that I am told to do, have kept all Dr's appointments and gathered up all the data needed between appointments to transfer between offices, I've still worked 40+ hrs per week and attempted to keep up my home. I've gone this whole summer without any pain relief what so ever and feel as if I'm on the verge of a breakdown. My mother moved in with me & my husband because I cannot keep up my own home any longer. I feel my only option is to resort to my alternative methods and have myself admitted for a Neuro/Psycho Evaluation because I truly cannot seem to be able to function any longer. Why is it that I have to resort to alternative methods instead of getting any relief from my own Dr's just because I "may create a tolerance?" Is it better for me to just have no quality of life? Please help me find a Pain Management Dr or Pain Management Psychiatrist or someone that can help me get everything together to just get the disability process started because I’m done, I cannot keep up this pace any more and waiting one more month for another appointment that's going to make me wait one more month for another appointment is not going to work.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    And welcome to S.H. Are you seeing your primary care Dr. or a pain management Dr? It sounds like you need to see a new pain management Dr. or a spinal specialist like a orthopedic or Neurosurgeon.
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Sorry to hear you're having pain and no Dr. is helping you out. Can your Family Dr. help you out until you get a Pain Management Dr? I've been to 3 PM Drs for different opinions and 3 Surgeons. Hopefully your Family Dr. can help get you a referral to a Pain Dr or check out some Pain Management centers online in your city. Some have a multidisciplinary way of dealing with chronic pain and some have groups or Physio or massage and nutrition all at the same place. Don't give up looking.

    Great to see you lost weight but proper nutrition is important for your healing. I'm on Long term Disability from work as I can't work and take narcotics at my job. It started at short term disability and now long term. I hope you find some pain relief soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you found us. you have come to a great place to make new friends as well.. you sound like you are having a terrible time getting proper treatment. i hope this change in doctors' help you.. please know that we are here for you and you are always welcome to drop in anytime. I hope you are feeling better soon! Jenny :)
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