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Hello, I've been reading posts on this board for nearly a year and thought it was time I joined. There doesn't seem to be anything like this in Oz, which doesn't really matter I guess as spine problems are the same wherever you live!
I had a rear end MVA a little over a year ago. I had to brake suddenly when a large barrel fell off a ute in front of me. The driver behind had been tailgating and of course the inevitable happened. His vehicle was smaller than mine so when he hit his brakes his car went under mine. So as well as the forwards and backwards whiplash effect, I also had the up and down and banged my head on my vehicle's roof. I was travelling on a highway so was doing 110km an hour (sorry, don't know what that is in mph!)
I feel as though I've had every diagnostic test going, and I'm sure that many members here must feel the same. Currently seeing a neurosurgeon, neurologist, GP, physiotherapist, pain specialist, audiologist and psychologist.
I sustained herniated cervical discs at C4/C5 and C5/C6, and had an ACDF for the latter in December 2011 due to severe central canal and foraminal stenosis. Neurosurgeon remains concerned about C4/C5 due to moderate bilateral foraminal impingement but wants to wait until the nerve pain is severe before doing the second surgery. His mantra is he only operates for nerve pain, not neck pain.
Also have 3 bulging lower lumber discs, with some radiculopathy.
One numb toe on left foot (??!) and numbness on sole of left foot.
Tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss.
Bilateral median nerve compression (carpal tunnel syndrome?)
Not doing as well as I thought/hoped and have reduced my working hours to half time for a year, to allow for functional rehab (physotherapy, hydrotherapy, clinical pilates). In a fair bit a neck and lower back pain. Was prescribed Lyrica but it didn't agree with me so I stopped. I only take Mersyndol Forte at bedtime now, and the occasional Panadeine Forte when the pain becomes unbearable.
I think that's enough for now, just wanted to introduce myself as suggested on the home page. Thanks to everyone who makes this forum so informative and interesting, and wishing all of you the very best. Beth.