I am still not doing so well. I ended up going to the ER last week and they gave me DHE in an IV which got rid of the headache until i got home, though it wasn't as severe.
This week I did have one day where it was like I had a great day, like I had my old self back, but other than that, it has been the same pain over and over. I had my appointment with a neurosurgeon yesterday. I went in there feeling really confident, like this is a doctor who knows what he is doing and he can find the answer. Boy was I wrong. Something went horribly wrong. He didn't ask too many questions, jsut basically what happened and I explained to him about the accident. He just looked at my X-rays which I had back on February 1, and the MRI from April. He found a tiny bone spur on C-5 that he said was there before the accident, and mild disc degeneration on C3-C5, none of which could be causing such pain. He didn't want to recommend surgery but he did want another set of X-rays of my neck in the position of me looking down since that seems to put me in the most pain, but he just wants that for documention as he would more than likely still not recommend surgery.
In a nutshell he told me to stop taking all medication, exercise, and forget the whole thing happened. He started talking about people who are hurt in an accident but you can't find whats wrong with them and something about litigation. It almost sounded like he was saying I was there for money, but then he said "I am not saying that is you and that you don't have a valid complaint, I am just saying I see no neurological problems with you." So I got two things out of the appointment, 1) the pain is in my head, and 2) I am there trying to get money for a settlement.
I left feeling pretty upset because I still have no answers. I am in pain and don't know why. I haven't gone back to the Pain Clinic because none of what he was doing helped. I am not sure what to do at this point. I could try a different doctor but what if I get the same scenario? Or I could see my Primary care doctor and get another MRI. I just don't know what to do. Then there is the problem if I am doing to much and inusrance doesn't want to pay because if they can't find anything wrong. Right now I bought a neck brace and I am doing what a physcial therapist friend of a friend told me to do, wear it for two weeks and rest, try and get better on my own.
Holmesla, if it were not for the Cymbalta that I take for my nerve problems that won't allow me to cry, I would be in tears right now after reading your posts! I am so sorry you had to go through all that with your doctors!!! I remember how I felt when the neurosurgeon talked to me as if I were either crazy or depressed. I was bawling before I even got the car door shut!!
I agree with Chartreux - I would go to my primary care doctor and ask for help. I can't remember from former posts if you've tried Cymbalta before. If not, it might be worth a try. I still want to get to the root my my problem and fix it, but until then I'm happy not to be in extreme pain.
Let us know how you're doing!
I did try Cymbalta and it helped some, for a while, but no longer does. I think throughout this whole ordeal, my issues have changed. Or I feel I had different ailments going on so that part got better. Every now and then I get that nerve pain in my occipital nerve area, but not as much as before.
I have shed many tears, especially more recently, and with or without medication, I am not much of a crier. I have gone through a lot in the last 8 months but have not given up hope. These doctors tried what they could, with what they knew how. Then I decide to see a specialist and he tries to tell me its in my head. I just wish for 5 minutes he could step in my body and feel my pain. Then let him tell me it is in my head. I hear all these horror stories from other posters that their doctors turned them away and I felt bad for them, but at the same time it had not happened to me. Granted nothing has worked, but at least they are trying stuff. And then this happens.
I am not letting it get to me anymore. He was one idiotic doctor, but there are thousands of good doctors. I do have an appointment with my Primary Care Doctor today. I am going to request a real good neck brace and some anti inflammatory medications and hope that this will help me to heal. Its sort of sad to think that 8 months and $25k later I am going back to square 1, my primary care doctor.
But the painis worsening. It is mostly when I wake up when it starts. Based on the way my head is positioned when I sleep. This morning I was on my back looking to my right, maybe an inch. That small of a movement and I have severe pain. There is definately something going on with my nerves.
Thanks for everything guys. Honestly, this forum and you guys have helped me to be strong and not give up. I appreciate that so much. It is good to be able to interact with people who truly understand and can relate.