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Upper back pain - struggling :/

Hi, 4 months ago I had an accident at work on the stairs which resulted in me falling into a window alcove and banging my neck on the ledge above the window. I had concussion and have been in severe pain since. Had 4 X-rays which came back okay and have been on several medications (diazepam, codeine, gabapentin and nortriptyline) the gabapentin appears to help a tiny bit but I can't increase the dose due to my job in a pharmacy (drowsiness is dangerous :/) I've been back and forward to doctors and hospitals since it happened and finally have an appointment with spinal triage next week. The pain is awful it feels like my back and neck are been crushed in on itself from all angles and since I did it there has been one bone in my spine and one in my neck that are still incredibly painful to have any pressure on. I am struggling too work and am scared I'm going to lose my job which I love. I feel like a burden to my boyfriend because the pain has changed me. I don't feel like the fun easy going person I was when we met. I'm only 22 and want this to get better. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I feel so isolated with the pain. Thanks
Helen lord


  • Hi there,
    I am so sorry you have had to join the club no one wants to belong to.
    Have you tried a heating pad? Walmart sells a great one under $20. It helped me more than my medications. However, make sure you alternate between time on/time off. I didn't, and now i'm trying to survive time off of it, so my burns can heal :(
    Take care, and know you are not alone.
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thoracic spine is part of your central nervous system. You are young and need to look after it now, otherwise you are messing with your central nervous system. Do some research. Look after your thoracic spine - if you ignore it now you will pay for it later.
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