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Hello everyone. I am very new to this discussion group. I am a carpenter by trade, about 10 months ago I had a fall of some scaffolding, I fell about 2.5 metres onto a brick sill which hit across my middle back to upperback right underneath my shoulder blades. After the fall I got up reasonably fast with assistance from my best mate, who is also a tradesman for the bloke I work for. Now I've had MRI, CT scans, Xrays and recently a nuclear bone scan. The MRI didn't show anything to bad except some curvature in the top half of my spine which I'm certain wasn't there before. Anyway the scans don't show anything really and I am in chronic pain day in day out. I haven't been able to return to work because the pain is to much. It always feels heavy, i have tightness all the time, it's hard to bend, I have chest pains when I breathe not all the time but they do come and go, Numbness in my finger tips and pinching on the right hand side of my neck. It's just not where I want to be at 24 years old. The doctor tells me I have to push through the pain and keep stretching and walking but if I do anything like go for walks, at night I am literally in tears because everything ceases up and any movement is super painful. I am on medication 10 mg targin, 150 mg tramadol and 20 mg of endep. I guess I just need some advice on what to do and where to go from here. I'm only 24 years old before the fall I was 86kg and superfit spending hours in the gym daily, now I am 118kg and very unfit. Motivation is hard to find as I'm depressed about my current situation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 


  • Hi there.  Sorry you are in such pain.
    I would get a copy of all of your tests and get a second opinion.  At the very least your doctor should have set you up with physical therapy.
  •  Hi Fatflip, how long has it been since the accident? Sorry this happened to you. It is certainly very stressful not knowing what's causing the pain. Did they also do an MRI of your neck? Not everything shows up on an MRI like annular tears in the disc for example. They can be very painful. A discogram is a provocation test to see which disc is generating pain if it's that type of spine injury. Diagnosing a spine problem can sometimes be difficult due to its complexity. Do you have muscle spasms? If so, a muscle relaxer is really helpful. Have you seen a spine specialist yet? If you have already, I would recommend getting a second opinion. One doctor might see something on the x-rays and MRI when the other does not. Take care. 
    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
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  • Thank you for your replies. It has been 10 months since I fell. I didn't have a MRI on my neck because at the time I didn't really have any problems with it. I have really bad muscle spasms and have been having them since I fell. I'm at a crossroads because when I go to the doctor he just tells me to keep moving. Yesterday I went for quite an easy trail walk. I didn't run or jog just took my time. Last night I thought I was going to have to check myself into hospital because my back felt broken. I had a terrible sleep due to the pain and this morning I am still in so much pain. If I don't do anything all day and lay down I don't feel to bad still alot of very umcomfortable tightness. I can't keep avoiding doing stuff. I'm only 24 and haven't done anything half exciting since the fall.
  •  I think getting an MRI of your neck as well as the lower back is a good idea. I felt I was going nowhere with my family doctor, so I found a spine center on my own. It was better knowing the problem was a herniated disc than wondering what was wrong with me. They started treating me right away but in the end I needed surgery. Walking is recommended if you have back problems, but it is important to get a diagnosis. I can't imagine being 24 years old suffering through something like this; I was in my 30's when this came about and have been dealing with chronic pain ever since. One good thing is that you have youth on your side. There is still hope that once this resolves, you can get back to normal functioning. For now, getting diagnosed is the first step. 
    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello fatflip 93 !
    Reading ****** Chronic Pain Step by Step***** may be helpful to you. You can find using search, upper right on page.

    My PCP tried working with my pain two years before referring me to pain management doctor. Best thing for me!
    He understood my pain immediately and started the tests to find causes and treatments to lessen pain.

    While I was only under my PCP's care, I needed to go to ER on several different occasions...to stop the cycle of the maddening, debilitating pain.
    That was part of her decision to send me to specialist. She knew ER was not to supplement her care.
    Since working with PM doctor, I have not been to ER for my pain levels.

    But even now, when my pain levels start to reach an 8, I am thinking of ER as possibility. If I were to be at 9, I'm starting lose my decision making processes as the pain takes over.
    At 10....I am on phone with friend to take me to ER and I'm almost non communicative...unless you count being double overed with moans, groans, etc...

    You mentioned lack of motivation from getting worn down from the pain. That often happens with chronic pain.
    But you must stay strong with advocating for yourself to get relief.

    For me, when pain most severe and I at the beginning of trying to find causes, I would bring a friend with me. I would give friend freedom to ask any question to doctor that they wanted.
    And to add information to doctor that I may have forgotten to mention.

    FAQs, on right side of page, under....Medical Information.....there is information about doctor appointments. Some are specific to surgeon or pain management, but I find them all overlapping usefulness for any of my doctors.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!

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