Hi new to this forum hope I can be of some help.
Two years ago I fell down stairs, tripping over my mothers small dog.
Was admitted to Hospital on a spinal board, where I had various scans to diagnose the problem.
Fractures at C5, C4 and the adontoid peg were diagnosed, after Doctors speaking at length with specialists from another hospital regarding the scans. None of them could decide as to weather the fractures were new or old?.(might I add I had never knowingly suffered any previous neck injury)
Despite excruciating pain etc the Doctors decided that the injuries were old ones and sent me home with a soft collar and some Paracetamol tablets.
In regard to this episode, there was no follow up appointment made by the Hospital.
I am now unable to work because of the associated problems the injuries have brought about.
The major one is severe neck spasms and violent pain, in extreme spasms I cam totally black out for a number of minutes.
After being admitted to hospital following a black out, the conclusion was reached by a senior Orthopedic surgeon,that there was nothing that they could do surgically, to rectify the problem as it would be too dangerous.
Since then the only referral I received was to attend a pain clinic.
I now take Codeine phosphate 30mg, Amitriptyline tablets, and Diazepam tablets to ease the pain.
This also means I cannot drive whilst on these tablets
, (never drive unaccompanied just in case).
Pain hasn't gone away,on the most recent referral to hospital,the response was "sorry there is nothing further we can do for you, you will have to learn to live with it".(including a finished career at 52).