I was wondering if anyone can relate to what i'm going through and see if they can advise me in what to do!
Firstly, I'm 23 years old and I was involved in an RTA in June 2011, i was the rear seat passenger and a car went into the back of us at 40mph while we were stationary. I didn't get pain that day but was sick and suffered from whiplash.
I was told by my partners insurance company to keep a pain diary, and i didn't notice until looking back that i wrote on the day after the accident that i had the back pain.
I was a first year at uni when this happened in the holidays, i had A and B grades. And had a job as a chamber maid - which i had for four years. Since the accident my grades have slipped dramatically to C's and i even got a D grade last semester because i can not concentrate. I had to leave my job in september 2011 as i would come home and literally collapse onto the bed and wouldn't be able to move for the rest of the day.
So here's what treatments i have had...
I have had two courses of Physio. The first was for 9 months, he cured my whiplash and neck problems but couldn't even touch my back. The second one assessed me and said they don't want to touch me as i'm 'beyond repair'.
I have had a tense machine, which caused me to collapse more and it would make it worse - i don't know how coz it was bad anyway. I've had acupuncture and it was unbearable when the needles went in and the electrodes were on, but after they came out, my back was in agony but was a little more manageable - for half an hour!!!
I've had x-rays and one MRI scan and they said nothing showed up. I have also tried swimming and it didn't help.
I'm getting 'Pain Management' currently because the one thing in common the doctors have said is i will suffer from this for the rest of my life. They can not give me the steroid injection as i can not lay on my tummy. And the doctors said that wouldn't work in my case anyway, 'not even morphine would numb the pain' one said to me.
My GP's have just been a nightmare, They have just put me on more and more pain killers - i take 43 tablets a day. I will list everything below. And they have basically left me to rot. I have always suffered from depression since my mum died in 2005, but obviously this back pain has made it worse, i've even come close to suicide because of this.
My day begins with me waking up (on a good night i have 4 -5 hours sleep, on a bad - which is every night - 3 - 4) i can not move i am so stiff so my partner feeds me my pain killers, after an hour i can slowly move. At night i have a nightmare trying to get comfortable to get to sleep and then i wake up during the night to reposition myself - which can take half an hour, and then my partner has to drag me to the loo during the night too. I have had loo problems ever since the accident.
I never go out because i'm in fear i will collapse, wee myself or someone will push me. My memory and concentration is terrible now, and i can't walk far and when i walk i walk extremely slowly. I know when i'm about to collapse as i get numbness in my thighs and then shooting pains, and if i don't sit down quick i will collapse. I have no love life and can't go out socialising anymore and i can't get a job because of all my problems. I really don't know what to do, some doctors treat me like a criminal because they don't know the cause of it so therefore i'm making it up.
Can anyone help? I'd be really happy to hear from anyone.
All best xxxxx
Tramadol - 8 a day
Gabapentin - 6 a day
Naproxen - 2 a day
co-codamol - 8 a day
Amiltriptyline - 4 a day
Movicol - for loo problems
Lansoprolside - Sickness tablet - side effect from other tablets
Ramipril - Hypertension
Levothyroxine - Thyroid
Bisproside - Hypertension
Indapamide - Hypertension
Mirtzipizide - Anti-Depressive