Title says it all.
Had a very bad accident while I was driving to a call (I'm a large animal surgeon) where I was minding my own business driving in my own lane and some (let's call (s)he a Person) t-boned me (didn't look right before pulling out across several traffic lanes)
My head got the side to side whiplash, slammed into the door pillar, etc.
I've had just about every test I can think of-CTs, MRIs, Rads, "nerve function" tests (I think it was an e-stim, we don't do those in vet med so I forget the name) trigger point injections, voodoo, etc. They all show...NOTHING. (not that I want them to show something bad, but at least then it would explain my symptoms)
The accident was several years ago, and things have progressed over time to where I have extreme neck pain frequently. Starts out in the neck at about C7/T1 and runs up to my head and down my arm. Arm is tingly and numb on one side-it's that firey tingly burning pain too, not just tingly and fun haha.
I've tried lots of meds. The only thing that helps (temporarily) are ESIs. In between times I take muscle relaxers, gabapentin, and sometimes pain killers (but I can't take those during the day, who wants their daughter's favourite horse operated on by some guy in a drug fog?)
I have acquired over time significant weakness on the affected side-my nurses are getting really po'd about me dropping the expensive surgical instruments-mostly I compensate by only holding the expensive stuff in my dominant hand, but it was nice to be semi-ambidextrous before the accident)
It has gotten to the point lately where this might be career-ending-or at least severely career altering.
I finally convinced the lovely worker's comp doc (yay, it's WC because I was at work when it happened) to schedule me a myelogram when I told him of a classmate that had a similar accident and history and test results-but finally after a myelogram they discovered she needed a laminectomey-now post surgery she is better than before.
I am just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and if they were able to find something on myelogram that was fixable?
I absolutely cannot do chiropractic-tried it and it made the pain unbearably worse (I asked my husband to shoot me apparently. Thankfully he declined) I've tried PT, but WC won't pay for any more and it had plateaued anyway-I still do the stretching and strengthening exercises though because those can't hurt and the doc said that it was OK to continue them.
any suggestions? comments?
I need help-I absolutely love what I do and I can't imagine doing anything else-and people depend on me. help!