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Cara93CCara93 Posts: 1
edited 07/11/2015 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Iv been searching for something like this for a while now. Ahh back pain, everyone here I bet is no stranger to it so I will give you a short history... You can all imagine what I feel like so I will not bore you with all the setbacks and pain filled tips to see doctors who you hope in vain may be able to help you.
I was a ridiculously happy 21yr old nursing student. I lived my life very big and colourfully and never stopped. When I wasn't on shift I was studying( I was passionate about my degree). I had two part time jobs which I adored and lead a very active social life....forever at yoga, ceilidh club or up some Scottish mountain. When the holidays came around I was off to the most far flung places I could go. One weekend a year ago I took two days off to go and visit a travel buddy of mine we had just recently been away riding wild Mongolian horses and learning how to be yak headers. On the Sunday we tacked up her horses and headed for a lunchtime ride. My horse spooked at 40 miles an hour and I had no chance of staying on. You can guess the rest! I sustained 3 spinal fractures, L1, 2 and T3, massive soft tissue damage, damaged spinal cord and coccyx. I am lucky to not be paralysed I know that. 10 months on and the pain has not gone since. My life fell away piece by piece. Being in constant agony does things to you you can only imagine. I have tried all the usual codeine drugs, all to no avail. Naproxen has little effect and paracetamol such just sit back down in the corner. I have physio which keeps me from getting worse but does not a great deal to improve things. I use a TENs machining which I would recommend as it can defiantly take the sting away for an hour. Small amounts of swimming and hydro therapy are life savers!!!!! Meditation for I find impossible due to the pain. Heat packs are a good send for the time that you use them but then what? Recently I had two facit joint injections which have started to help me turn a bit of a corner. I also use lidocaine patches everyday which go 60% of the way to reducing the pain. Basically now though I'm in a chorionic pain cycle living at home with no job and no life to speak of because the pain makes it impossible. Any tips on breaking the cycle? X c

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I can not tell from your post.
    Are you working with a pain management doctor?

    My Primary doctor tried to work with my pain about two years before referred me to pain management.
    That was best thing for me!

    To help me, I am on daily medications to take the edge off of the pain, and breakthrough meds for increased or flaring pain.
    That has helped me to take more control over the pain, than pain control me. And has helped me stay out of the ER.

    There are other meds doctor can work with besides the codeine.

    Please continue to tell doctor all your symptoms as treatment can be trial, and try again, to find pain manageable.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/12/2015 - 8:31 AM
    Hi. Can I ask...Are you in England? 'Paracetamol' & scottish mountains made me wonder. There are stronger/different meds they can get you on. are you regularly seeing any specialist other than a physio?

    I won't start talking about compounded meds & others things until I know where you live.

    Hi & welcome to the site. It's been a great help to me. I look forward to seeing you on the forums.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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