Hello everyone. My name is Wendy, I'm 29 years old and back on April 17th, 2010 I was rear ended while test driving a car. I've been dealing with chronic pain since then. My whole life has been flipped upside down. I've seen a chiropractor, orthopedists,surgeons,psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, neuro psychologist, pain management and a regular pcp. I've had 3 epidurals, been on a ton of different meds and been through rehab and cognitive rehab. I've had several doctors suggest several different surgeries. After all of this time, I've finally gotten through to my most recent orthopedist about the pain that I'm in. So tomorrow I'm meeting with pain management to schedule having a cervical facet block procedure done. Then after that, he said he can determine which surgery he wants to do on me. Either a ACDF or a disc replacement.
I really don't know everything that is wrong with me. I do know that it's all cervical issues. I know that I have a severed nerve and 3 slipped discs. I have so much paperwork from all of the doctors that I've been going to, that I don't even look at it anymore. I am going for a new x-ray in the next few days and then a new MRI once I get approved.
Tonight, I 'googled' "can't sleep because of pain" and I came across this forum/site. I'm hoping to get some useful info here and hopefully support as well. My husband doesn't understand what I am going through and neither do my children, which of course I don't expect them to. Right now I take Cymbalta- 120mg/tylenol 3/naproxen and nuvigil. I can't sleep at night and then during the day, I guess because I'm just so drained and exhausted, I finally pass out. That's why I'm on nuvigil. I had to move my mom in with me to help me with my 3 year old son, since I physically can't.
I'm sure once I start reading posts, most of you will have been dealing with issues longer than me. I don't really understand how people can cope with this. The medicine doesn't do anything for me. I'm always in pain, always. There's never a time when I'm not in pain. Well, except for when I'm drunk. About a year ago I turned to alcohol for relief. It was the only thing that helped. I started to get worried though because I drank every night. I had to stop. Now, I sit, miserable, every single day of my life. When I lay in bed at night I say over and over again, 'kill myself, kill myself.' I just don't know what to do anymore or know how to handle this anymore.