Hello all, I've been having constant lower back pain for about 4 years now along with odd nerve sensations but not in the lower back, actually in the foot and calf area. Basically, I'm a 23 year old female who was injured in a car accident in 2007. In that accident I fractured my hip in several places, my sacrum in 3 and my neck in two places. I had a fusion of my hip to my sacrum with two screws holding me together for life it seems as well as surgery to remove pieces of spine that fell and aggregated my nerves. I can't sleep at night and I feel it's due to all the pain that I have in my back I also have pain in my hip (left side). If I had to describe the pain i would call it a deep ache, bone pain not muscular or joint related and it feels like there is something like a ball stuck in my lower back, I would also consider this pain a shooting pain as well, its just so hard to describe I wish I could think of the words. I'm very limited and it's frustrating me. I was going to the gym regularly but had to stop due to making the pain worse and making it harder to sleep at night. I can't sit for long periods of time (about an hour or more) it just makes the pain worse and unbearable. When I stand for long periods of time my left leg feels like its falling asleep and begins to turn color. I've had many procedures done on me such as acupuncture, steriod injections, epidural injections, I've had a diskogram done, as well as a coablation of my L5 disc. I've been told my L5 disc is herniated as well as rotten and leaking fluid throughout my body possibly causing the weird nerve sensations I feel at night. I've also been told I have myositis ossificans and arachnoiditis. Doctors aren't really sure what is causing my pain and I don't know if I have enough money to keep spending on procedures that may or may not work. I've been told to have a diskectomy done by one doctor, but was told to get at least 3 opinions before undergoing this procedure. I just don't know what to do anymore it's hard to deal with the pain during the day without any form of medication I'm worried I'll become addicted. I take 750/7.5mg hydrocodone at night 1/2 pill once or twice depending on my pain and it doesn't even kill the pain, it somewhat dulls it but I can still feel it. I can't take regular classes at school without within in pain after an hour of sitting in the class and had to recently quit my job (vet tech) because of all the lifting I had to do of very heavy animals on my own. I know I can lift them on my own without a problem, it just hurts me in the long run and puts so much stress on my back not allowing me to sleep at night. I've also wanted to get back in to physical therapy, but was told I need a prescription for it so I'm at a loss of what to do anymore. How can someone live the rest of their life like this? On no sleep due to pain, not stand or sit at a job for long periods of time? Who wants to hire a person with so many problems? I'm never going to get a good job with all my problems and I cannot live life in constant pain. If anyone has any kind of suggestion I am open to it. I've tried turmeric, fish oil, benadryl to sleep, herbal supplements to sleep, melatonin, glucosamine and magnesium. I've drank alcohol before and it knocked me out real quick but I don't want to have to drink every night just to get sleep. Also my doctor has me on amitriptyline 25mg and pramipexole 0.25mg to help with me sleeping and it hasn't helped me sleep.
I'm sorry if this is completely disorganized and jumbled and there's more I could write as well but I'm just so upset and running out of options I feel. If anyone could help me out with anything please let me know. If you're going through something similar or have gone through something similar please let me know.