Hi all. My name is Tom and i'm a Chronic back pain sufferer. I had a car accident on December 6, 2007 in which i broke 4 vertebrae and ruptured numerous discs. I went for 2 years of going to chiropractors before i went to see a surgeon that diagnosed me with the above problems. This goes to show that when there is a car accident you should always go straight to the emergency room to get checked out.
I guess this shows i have a high pain tolerance. once i was diagnosed by the surgeon he told me i needed surgery. I had the 4 vertebrae grafted back together and the discs fused. I have been in severe pain ever since December of 2007. The surgery did very little to help. When i was living in the USA i was taking hydrocodone 10 mg every 4-6 hours and oxycodone 10 mg for breakthrough pain.
Now i moved to Australia and i am taking codeine 60mg every 6 hours and oxycontin 10 mg 3 times a day. The medication use to help but i guess over the years my tolerance to the drugs has built up. i have tried numerous other medications such as lyrica, elavil and other drugs that are supposed to help with nerve pain but none of thee did me any good. I still work as a carer, taking care of elderly patients which is very demanding on the back at times, and if i could quit working i would but as I'm sure like many others i can't afford to quit working.
The surgeon that did the surgery said i would probably be on disability due to the amount of nerve damage that i had, but i took 6 months off work after the surgery and went right back. Now I'm steadily getting worse. I'm sure there is arthritis in my back along with the rest of the problems. I cant sleep more than a couple of hours at a time most nights. I lay in bed tossing and turning for hours just reading a book or watching television due to being in too much pain to go to sleep.
I'm not sure what i'm hoping to get out of this forum. Just hope maybe someone else in a similar situation might have tried something that i haven't tried or heard about that might work i guess.