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Hellish pain due to backtrauma after car accident 11 months ago. Desperate for help.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Chronic Pain
Dear all,

I am in 2 types of pain:
- a constant backache which manifests itself all over the back and especially at the bending point between shoulder blades
- a very sharp pain around L4 which "stabs" right though my back about 3 or 4 times a day.

I was run over on my bike by a cement truck 11 months ago and this resulted in:
-compressionfracture of L4 and disc herniation
-chipped of L1,L2,L3 process transverses on the left side. L1 has grown back but L2 and L3 have not.

To make a long story short: the painmedication can only numb the pain a little and I really am at the end of my wits. I've been in this constant battle with the pain and have tried to pick up my normal life again but really just want to lie down 24/7 because this is the least painful.

I can't find much on the internet about my injury and even though my doctor seems competent, he is surprised by the remaining chronic pain and by the limited rotationmobility of the back.

Any advice about dealing with the situation would be very very welcome as I feel extremely misunderstood, fragile and desperate.

Hope to hear from you and many thanks,




  • Hiya >:D< Welcome To Spine Health >:D< You are not alone, we understand your pain and frustrations O:) We can only advise you on our own personal experiences, as we are not medically trained :D Are you seeing a specialist for the back problem? :? what pain medication are you on ? :? Have you ever been to a pain management doctor? :? they can help you control your pain, and make you more comfortable, :) so the pain that you do get is bearable :D keep posting :) chat soon :)

    Angie :H
  • May be able to help you. It is really not surprising that your doc does not know the exact cause of your current pain. Unfortunately alot of people go through the very same thing and are unable to get a clear diagnosis. It seems that it is very difficult to diagnose back pain since lots of people may have exactly the same issues with their spine yet for some it will cause pain and for others it will not. What type of pain meds are you on? Maybe you need a change to a longer acting med or to a med that helps with nerve pain. Don't give up there is help for you out there. Seek a second and possibly even a third opinion until you get some answers and relief. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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  • Hi guys,

    So great to be so warmly welcomed in this community. I've found browsing through the different fora really very helpful and am amazed by the amount of support. My sympathy goes out to all those who are suffering right now and I really hope I can provide the same support to you.

    My meds at the moment are: Etoricoxib/Tauxib, Paracetemol, Diazepam and Clonidine. The Etoricoxib is instead of the Diclofenac which I used to take.

    Another question: my surgeon is proposing an op which will fixate 2 or 3 of my vertebraes (L4 and L3 and possibly L5) with a pin. Obviously there are pros and cons and whilst I realise that this is not a medical website I'd be very curious to hear if anyone has had any experience with this option and whether you have any opinions/thoughts you could share.

    As ever, thanks for your help and all the very best to you all,


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