i graduated high school with academic honors, 4 years basketball and tennis through out high school. Loved life.I was 18, just grduated highschool. July 28, 2005 car wreck, sitting at road construction behind a semi, rearended by a gentlemen running 55-60 mph, shoved me under the semi, just inches from going thru my windshield. I had a seatbelt, airbag, and an angel that saved my life. Nothing broken, just whiplash all over and some scratches, was even able to get out of car and checked on the man that hit me in a revein. Life since then has been a struggle alone, more than what any one young or old should have to deal with on a daily basis. 1 year of treatments to get baselkine headaches and migraines controlled, but in the meantime of all this trying to go 18 credit hours of collge and play basketball in a junior college became more of a burden than enjoyment. I had to quit the team after several talks my attorney, doc, family and myself. Started to look for treatment to helpp put me and my life back together. Doctors gave me pain medicine whiched helped tremendously but that just treated the symptoms. I made my way thru college, got my degree, mother of a beatiful little girl. But i cant function everyday, all day, to the capscity i need for my life. Something is still wrong with me physically, i keep going in circles with the doctors and i tell them my concerns with all the tylenol intake or the potentcy of the medicine they give me. I know their is medicine out their that can help me live a normal life... i dont remember what normal is really anymore. Currently i have to take on average 5 percocets 10mg a day, 2 flexaril 10mg, and ambiem at night to help sleep. Pain Managment centers help, they do, they help me function to partial capacity, but i need someone that is specialized in chronic pain for the true, right reason. someone to find out what is really wrong and try to fix it, as well as keep me comfortable so i can do what i need to do as s young educated adult and mother. I have busted my but to get thru college and do what i needed to do to provide a better life for my future, my daughter and what else life may bring me. Being 23 and having the chronic pain i do prevent me... from being ME!!!
I am wondering if something else has deteriorated after you were initially treated from the wreck. Have you had a recent MRI or Catscan, you probably do need a recent one to begin to see if there is anything else wrong. Try asking several pharmacists in your area if there is a doctor who treats chronic pain, they should know as they are filling the RX's of these doctors, who treats those who are in chronic pain. Check to see if there is a medical college nearby, they should be able to refer you to someone else for a second opinion. I must say I admire your grit and perseverance, I would never had made it as far as you. You are in my Prayers.
You are certainly in need of professional help to get yourself and your life back. I believe you are suffering from post tramatic headaches and in addition post tramatic stress syndrome. Yours are not typical migraines and should not be treated as such.
The good news is that there conditions do go away after a period of timr Therefore you should be reassured that your condition is not chronic. Don't give yourself a life sentence.
My suggestion is that you first research both of these conditions. By doing so you will be educated making your visit to the physician more valuable. These conditions are treated by psychological counseling. Relaxation techniques and other cognitive therapies are often the best course of treatment.
You certainly proved that you are capable of achieving great accomplishments in the face of adversity, you can overcome this as well with a little help and a little time.
There are always people on here that care and you can just get on here to "unload". Also keep in touch as to how you are progressing since we are a tight group and truly do help each other.
God Bless and Good Luck. Sable
Congratulations on finishing your degree and the birth of a baby! You are a success story. But a true pain specialist can not diagnose, only treat the symptoms. You need a specialist who will determine the cause of this lingering pain. I believe you can go to WebMD and there is a link on there where you can enter all your information and it will help determine the type of specialist you may need. Once that is done, try to find the very best. Usually teaching hospitals and University hospitals have the best. Even if it takes a month for a consultation, make the appt. Usually they will not go by older records and will order new tests, MRI, C scans, nerve tests, etc. They may or may not refer you to a pain specialist. Depending on their diagnosis, they may be able to treat you the best. But it does seem there may be an underlying issue causing this pain. Please get re-checked by a specialist. I hope this has helped you some. No one that young should live in that type of pain. I hope you find answers soon.
My best wishes,
I now just the medication that is if they will give it to you my god all the pain docs have all an oxycontin scare no one will even prescribe the new ones in Ohio there telling all the docts that 4 pp a day are o'ding on the shit. well actually for that matter I did as well but was not my fault I told the pushy nurse I had taken some 1/2 hr ago even less from being on my way to see my doc had no clue she was admit me either way I was hurting and I was on a good schedule, so when I started to hurt I would look at the clock and say oh yikes an hr late , any how I went and chewed them with my food and wala they were ready to vent me. I had no clue when I woke up what had just happend don't remember a thing.
anyway see if the doc will give you 100 mgs of demerol or at least 4 6 or 8 mgs of dilaudid hydromorphone is the actual name but if you say dilaudid they will know what your talking about they probably will cut your sleeping meds off and revamp what your taking if they do agree however it will be a very tired week if you get one or the other after that you should be feeling no pain
God Bless will be waiting to hear how things went
After getting injured in a car accident also at age 31, well over 11yrs ago now, I have been in chronic pain with RSD since; it's said to be "the most painful chronic pain disease known to mankind" according to the RSDSA and the studies that have been done.
I can promise you this; you can do it. I couldn't walk for over 2 1/2yrs not being able to have any weight on my right foot as this nerve pain disease started to spread up my leg and into my right hip area/back.
I learned to walk again even in chronic pain. I have never been able to return to work but I have quality of life again in only the past 4 1/2yrs.
We were both blessed to be here even; I know I had an angel that day also.
It has to mean we do have purpose in our lives to be here still.
Fight, find a doctor that will do tests and I agree with the answers you have had about where to look.
Anytime you are in a pain management doctor that way over books, doesn't spend the needed time with you only to write your scripts, you need a new doctor. You can also look up neurological specialists and even an OT doctor to go with that in these places to get the right tests needed.
You do need someone specializing in chronic pain like you have; where you have it.
If you are as proactive to keep studying all you can online to learn more about what you have and any treatments available including knowing what your meds can do, you will be better for it. It's great to get real people's input as well as real studies you can find or any info about a diagnosis you may get.
You have done more than many of us in such pain by getting through school and now raising a daughter. You will fight because of this child to find the quality of life that I believe you can receive when you get the right doctors.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you,
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