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Horrible Back Pain

Raquel1RRaquel1 Posts: 1
edited 01/20/2016 - 1:06 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone, I am new to this site. Anyways, I was in a car accident on November 24, 2015. The car I was riding in hit the car in front of us and then we were rear-ended. They did a CT Scan while I was in the ER and everything looked fine. A day after the accident I began to feel horrible upper back pain with burning sensation. I went to the doctors on the 30th and was diagnosed with a mild concussion and whiplash. I was sent to Physical Therapy and was discharged this past Friday. Physical Therapy said that I was better and able to go to work. They also said that it was all in my head and that I was only having pain because of stress. I don't think so, but hey I am not a doctor right? Anyways, I have horrible pain in my whole back now and I am very frustrated because they keep putting me on medications that don't work for me. I was told to take Amitriptyline, which was supposed to help me with my headaches and also help me sleep. This accident really messed me up physically and mentally. I now suffer from depression and anxiety. Also, I now have panic attacks as well. I have asked my NP to do an MRI to see what is damaged and the reply is that and MRI will not show anything. I am so frustrated right now. I go back to work on Monday the 24th of this month because the NP believes that working may help my depression and what not. Can anyone help me please because these people are making me feel like I am crazy. I asked my Neurologist to also perform an MRI because I still have symptoms of concussion and I was told that the medicine they put me on is not a Percoset that I can pop and the pain will go away. When I was told this it made me extremely angry because I am not a drug seeker and to be honest, I hate taking medicines. If I have to I will suffer through the pain so that I don't have to take medicine. Anyways, could anyone help me out and tell me what to do now?


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  • I am sorry to hear of your predicament. I too have had pain form different issues throughout my lifetime. Many times an MRI was done and I was told nothing was wrong, go to PT and you will feel better, or take this medication etc. Nothing worked and the pain increased. After years of suffering and getting no where with my doctors, I decided to take my healthcare into my own hands. I search for a new primary care doctor in one of our large hospitals in Boston. Once I go there, I told her what was going on. In the larger hospital settings they have endless team members that they are connected to and are able to get you to the correct person for your pain. At first, I thought she was sending me in the wrong direction, but I went because I had nothing to lose. Well, for once in my life, I was sent in the right direction. My pain was NOT in my mind and PT would not help at this point. I had a ruptured disc which needed treatment. I had steroid injections that helped for a while, when that didn't work, I was sent for surgery to correct the problem. I am finally starting to feel much better and getting on my feet.

    I know it is difficult to leave your doctors, but a fresh set of eyes can prove to work wonders at getting you well again. Once you are feeling better, your stress level will most likely go away or get better on its on as mine is finally doing. When you are in pain and doctors are telling you nothing is wrong, that will drive your stress level through the roof. You know your body and if you are in a lot of pain, you know it is because something is just not right. Doctors are human and they make mistakes, technicians read MRI'S wrong or miss things, but there are other Doctors that view things differently and they can help you greatly. I took my old MRI to Boston and they found the problem on my old MRI which also showed up on their new MRI. Proof that for 6 years, my first MRI showed the problem, but was incorrectly read.

    Good luck, feel better.
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