Hi folks! As the title suggests, I was in a head on collision last year (not my fault). I braced for the impact (dumb I know) the shock went up my legs, through my lumbar spine, up my thoracic and into my neck. I have been suffering from chronic pain from all 3 sources since in addition to shooting pains up my arms and legs.
I have gotten numerous X-Rays and MRI's of all of the mentioned regions, ALL of them have come back normal. The APRN who I am seeing for pain management does not seem to believe that I am in pain and this is the second pain specialist I have gone too. I have tried numerous muscle relaxers and the Butrans Trans-dermal patch 5mc/hour and they have helped the surrounding areas on either side of my spine, but 2 very specific places deep within my spine (lower and middle back) still continue to hurt. The 2 areas are tender to the touch and hurt all day and almost every day. The pain is not debilitating, and I have a very high tolerance to pain, but to be constantly plagued every day with this pain is wearing me down.
Despite the fact that my job has fired me because I ask for several days to rest my back, my APRN refuses to provide any solutions or reasons as to why my back still hurts.
I have done extensive physical therapy, and do not want narcotics. Can anyone tell me what is going on?