I am a 34 year old male. I got into a head-on car accident in early August 2016 and after the crash, it didn't seem that I suffered any aftermath injuries. Throughout the next couple of months, I noticed what seemed to be normal injuries...sore deltoid, weak chest, weak ankles. Nothing major...would just calm down from exercising that area then go back to it in a couple of weeks. All of a sudden, low back pain came into play around mid Sept. I went to rest, and it would not heal. So I focused on exercising upper body. In early November, I did a plank and all of a sudden it just felt like my neck went. Instant weakness throughout my body, I completely freaked out and called the GP that day. MRI on lumbar showed L4-L5 central protrusion small 1mm. MRI showed C2-C4 central disc protrusion 1.5mm and C4-C6 shallow protrusion small 1mm. I immediately did several weeks of concentrated dose of ibuprofen. Neck and back pain was horrendous. Finally it calmed down a bit. The fatigue started to get slightly worse and I started to get every neurological problem you could think of (in minor doses) I just started to do natural things like drink lots of water and take little pain meds and this seemed to work well. I saw neurologist. Negative EMG in December. My dad went, They both laughed and said I could go lift if I wanted to. I saw Pain Management doctor and his reaction was similar. He put me on 2499mg of Duexis for a month with Lorzone (muscle relaxer) 750mg to try and knock out all the injuries. Plus I started to get cerviogenic headaches at this time that were very annoying,Two weeks into taking the meds, the back pain stayed the same, neck pain did much better, but the neurological injuries became worse and painful instead of numb. I have also started PT for a couple of weeks, but I had amazing athletic ability before the injury and find myself doing exercise that are likely going to have little impact as I will atrophy at a faster rate than build with the PT. The injuries I suffered back in September (the deltoid and chest) started to hurt, but with a radiating pain which leaves me to believe the accident manifested these injuries (particularly the C3-C4),
Now I am not sure what to do. My ROM is superb. my neck pain is minor, my back pain is very sore, but not to the point I can't get out of bed. I have a ton of neurological problems all very minor up to this point (foot drop, sore triceps, shoulders, biceps, deltoids, minor sciatica, cerviogenic headaches, ears hurt and ring, dizziness, weakness), and with two weeks left of taking the main meds and 4 weeks of PT, it doesn't seem to be improving the neurological effects, and that concerns me more than the location pain. I heard next step is shots, but have zero desire to go that route especially if the pain is not excruciating. I know that you can't provide medical advice, but has anyone been down this path before and had success / regrets with decisions after the conservative treatments did not take care of the problem?