I am not on here much and I miss the site helped me a lot but I can say since my injury in 2011 it's been a very tough road I am only now fully diagnosed and under proper care and beginning proper medication. When I was paralyzed for a short couple of minutes in my upper torso after the injury I had my first panic attack of my life which started a long year of waking up not being able to breath and in panic attack. My thyroid levels were way off and that was to blame for anxiety increase, but as we discovered my autonomic nervous system was damaged this all made sense since it controls heart rate and all those uncounsious things., my sympathetic nervous system was out of control. But I noticed when my pain was really at its worse and out of control I just would relive the panic attack and feeling like I could not move my arms, I would replay all the bad stuff that occurred as a result of that injury through my head over and over. The loss,, the pain , the doctors refusing to help . It was a record I could not stop and it played louder the longer I suffered and worse I felt. I then began to dream about it and talk about it uncontrollably , that day that I lost everything, I could not stop. But as pain went down so did these issues. Now that I am in good hands first order was begin to get pain under control, and based on having a lot of difficulty with comprehension of basic things I used to be good at we targeted my mental health. I went for a while to a physiologist who treated me pharmalogically , but as I began to talk about my issues she clued in on something and asked some questions and requested I be evaluated for PTSD. Now I've heard this before and thought maybe , but it was like hearing so many different things over years that are proved not to be the case. But upon evaluation, it turns out on top of all the validated , test proven medical issues , I had developed PTSD but a strange way it formed in my mind all that occurred after is linked back to the initiating event and building upon itself. I was at first embarrassed because you think soldiers when you hear PTSD, and I still wouldn't tell anyone outside my circle about the diagnosis. When you have to talk about the worst years of your life you realize shoot I lost a lot of my health, independence, a 13 year relationship, all my work in school, I tried to hang myself because Drs made me think that I was crazy that I wasn't in pain and to escape pain, I dealt with increasing worst pain I had ever felt year after year until recently, I lost touch with most of my family and godchild , lost all my friends all due to this one event in my mind., lost several of my normal bodily functions, and so much more, I call it a dehumanizing experience. It's overwhelming to live it but to talk back through and hear it is almost more overwhelming than living it. I never dealt with anxiety or feelings like this after first injury so it's hard to believe I would after another injury. But trama is cumulative I've learned. So I just wanted to put that out their for one to others who suffered traumatic injury to consider this could be involved and I always believe you need mental health to beat pain and another reason is to say that the phsycologists believe one of the largest contributors to the mental issues where they have gotten is lack of proper pain care that allowed me to spiral and the discounting of my pain that I turned into hate and guilt against myself and my body for a period. Take that for what you will it's not dr bashing it's personal experience recounted by physiologist , but I know the treatments are helping me feel human again but I can say they wouldn't work if I would not be first diagnosed properly and second the amount of pain I was in is just ever so slightly being brought under control with the option at my disposal to go where I need to for quality of life. Hope this helps someone. I was lucky enough to find a team that got to the bottom of my physical issues and offered help so then I could work on my mental ones the pain had been causing. That's my wish for all the people searching and suffering for diagnosis
Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.