i am currently 24 years old. in 2009 i was rear ended by a drunk. i was stopped and she was going 40 mph- since then i've had constant problems with my back. i have been receiving continuous treatment over the 4 years. when i was hit i weighed about 250 and over the years of the pain getting worse i got up to 315. i had the lap band surgery done a few months ago and have since lost 56 lbs! before i was hit i was vibrant, outgoing, always on the go, loved working out. from the time i got hit until now my back has progressively gotten worse over the years. i will try to sum this up the best i can. any and every opinion is greatly appreciated- i feel so lost and helpless. i also have not had insurance for 6 months now so i only see my neurologist to get my rx's.
i have seen several doctors over the years for my back problems. my main is my neurologist. he has diagnosed me with a herniated disc in my low back- after i did vax-d treatments with him it is now bulging, a herniated disc in my mid back and a herniated disc in my neck. he thinks my migraines are coming from the herniated disc in my neck. he also did a nerve test about a year ago and in his exact words "there is no permanent nerve damage". one of the other doctors i've seen also said my SI and facet joints are inflamed and i have bilateral bursitis.
the other treatments I've received are as follows- atleast 6 epidurals (no help), 3 RFA's- nerve burnings (the first one helped for about 3 months and the second and third one did not help at all), and i think I've had something done called nerve block or something like that and it didn't help as well. I've had many mri's and xrays as well as a discogram and bone scan. nothing was found in the discogram or bone scan or xrays.
now here's the catch- my neurologist has done some mri's on me. the plain ol' mri doesnt find anything but when he does a compressed mri (it simulates me standing) he finds the herniations. I believe he did a regular mri on my neck and found the herniation there. other doctors i've seen have done their mris (the were always the plain ol' mri's) and didnt find anything. as well, i've showed them the compressed mri which supposedly shows my herniations according to my neurologist, and the doctors say they dont see ANYTHING on the mri!!!
i'm always in so much pain. i can only stand for about 5 mins, cant walk long, and sit long, can't do any repetitive bending or twisting. the only thing that helps the pain, besides medicine, is laying in the bed. just about everything aggravates my back. i'm not able to clean house, do dishes, or cook. i can barely carry a jug of milk and some days i can barely take a shower. i dont sleep good because of the pain. i take perocet 5-325 2xday (for the last year consistently but have taken them on and off for about 2-3 years), generic for neurontin 300mg 4xday, flexeril 3xday, and tramadol as needed (doesnt really help). i also take other psychological meds- provigil, welbutrin xl, buspar, prozac, clonidine (to help me sleep), and valtrex. i'm starting to wonder if i have some rare disease or if my psychological meds are causing some of this.