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hi everyone my name is michelle

edited 07/13/2015 - 4:15 AM in New Member Introductions
I was unfortunate to be involved in a road traffic accident in may this year I suffered internal bruising to the chest and shoulder but later became in survair pain in my middle and lower back had a x ray they said no bones are damaged but in survair pain to the middle and lower back and am on dihydrocodeine diazapan paracetamol zapain and isn't doing anything I have to use a wheelchair to go out as the pain is so bad can't do physiotherapy until the pain is under control I'm constantly in pain unable to do hardly anything


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  • I'm sorry that your pain is so bad. No one deserves such pain. Have you told your doctor that the pain meds you have are just not working? I would also recommend trying a heating pad if you haven't yet. It won't work any miracles, but it might make you a little more comfortable.

    You didn't mention any radiating pain (like sciatica or neuropathy from a pinched nerve). If you have nerve pain, I'd recommend talking to your doctor about Lyrica or Gabapentin. I personally use Lyrica, and it helps a lot. If your pain makes it difficult to sleep, I would also advise you to discuss sleep medicines with your doctor. If you're having acute (flare up) type pain, a doctor might be able to help you treat the pain more aggressively than chronic (ongoing) pain.

    Aside from medicine adjustment, it sounds like you should get an MRI of lumbar and possibly thoracic. It's good that your X-ray came back showing no damage, but you will need the MRI to check on your spinal discs, spinal canal, and nerve roots.

    I'm glad you found the spine-health forums. It's good that you're not settling and are looking for answers.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/13/2015 - 7:39 AM
    Hi. Are you in England? My Dad takes Zapain but it's a med he's stepped down to now that his chronic pain is very stable (he's in his 70's & has been suffering with his spine since his 40's) it sounds like you're needing more at the moment. If you're dealing with the NHS make an annoyance of yourself! You need an MRI to check for damage an X-ray will not show. If a doc prescribes meds & you just go away they think it's helping. Keep pushing & advocate for yourself. The system can work a lot faster if needed! 2 months is too long to wait after an accident. Your GP isn't enough. You need proper diagnostics & a specialist consult.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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