Hi, I'm new here. Male, age 58 with injury from a 2011 car accident. I felt the pain immediately after the accident in my T7-T10 area.
I was out of work initially post-accident for a month and at odd times to date. Current diagnosis is cervical and thoracic radiculitis. I've been through chiropratic, physical therapy, pain management. Still seeing pain management and the chiropractor, who finally got my cervical and thoracic spine back to where it should be.
As of last week, I have had:
1 trigger point injection
3 thoracic facet blocks
3 C7/T1 epidurals
3 thoracic intercostal injections.
255 professional appointments for all my care
5 I&ME insurance exams
$5000+ out of pocket expenditures
1,900 miles driven to appointments
21 prescriptions for percocet
The pain seems to be coming from C7-T1 from what my latest (3 months ago) MRI suggests, although it shows up in my thoracic spine. Pain management and my chiropractor agree with this. I am probably going to be set up for a C7-T1 facet block next.
I have been examined by a spinal surgeon, who says that surgery won't help me, but I feel he may have been paid off by my car insurance.
I'm not sure what will be next. The best relief I had from a spinal injection was for 5 days at the C7-T1 site 2 months ago. I manage to go to work every day, take my prescription as written and don't abuse it. I lift weights 4X a week, but don't do any exercises that cause me additional pain.
At this point I'm ready to try almost anything. I'll see what my chiropractor thinks about cervical traction and what else pain management has in their bag of tricks.
Thanks for listening, LT
Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.