I was in a car accident 2 years ago (rear ended hard at a red light which totaled my car and my back) and have been left with Chronic pain ever since. Some of my symptoms but not all include; constant back back which i describe as varying from a feeling like there is a small hot knife in my back to a large ax in my back. It often radiates around my chest/rib cage mostly right sided but has also effected both sides. It feels as if i am being stabbed in the lungs or having a heart attack and make breathing difficult. The pain is progressively getting worse and everyday seems to take a little more away from my life. Some days the pain also radiate up into my rt shoulder and causes severe spasms. My most recent MRI, 2 years post accident indicates Thoracic Spondylosis /Stenosis/DDD at T3-T4, T4-T5, bulging at T5,T6 and T11-T12. Previous MRI's indicated the same just post accident. Its been two years with not much relief at ALL. I have to take substantial amounts of narcotic medicines just to manage throughout the day.
My question is my most recent MRI also indicates bone spurring and end plate irregularities is this as a result of the discs getting worse over time?
Also I feel as if the DR's just have given up and want me to live on pain medicines, countless ESI injections, PT, massage, etc until i can no longer work, walk, or lose control of my bladder all of which i cannot let happen i have a family to provide for. At what point will they consider surgery so that I don't have to lose everything before i can get some relief. Also my insurance will not approve an electronic spinal stimulator which multiple doctors have told me i should try. Insurance will only cover for failed back surgery, or a couple other very limited diagnosis codes all of witch do not relate to Thoracic disc issues.
After two years of living with this I am starting to feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I have read so many stories of people dealing with the same issues and they continue to live like this for years without real relief. At times it discouraging that i may have to continue to suffer, miss out on life, and just live with this.
I would love to hear some success stories and or advice on how to get some real relief.