Posted 4/19/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -7)
In 2004, I was in a car accident -- I can't say exactly at what speed we collided as I hit the brakes a second before impact, but it was on the highway and I was traveling at the limit. Anyhow, my knee hit the dashboard and caused damage to my hip and SI.
I was in excruciating pain, but xrays showed no broken bones and MRI as well didn't indicate anything. At first, it was assumed to be routine soft tissue damage that would heal. But for 2 years I couldn't walk without at least a cane, couldn't sit, etc..
I must have seen 10 doctors and no one had an answer. Eventually, the physical therapist I was seeing took note of when the pain was most intense and came up with a diagnosis. With his idea, I went to another doctor who finally ordered an MRI with Contrast and that was able to image the cartilage in my hip socket.
The medical idiots until then never bothered to order one, nor come up with a diagnosis that my PT figured out. So, 2 years I was dealing with undiagnosed pain and on top of that, since it was car accident related, there was always the suspicion that I was just faking to get a big settlement (the other guy crossed the highway median).
Well, finally, I had surgery that reshaped the cartilage and now I can sit and walk -- there's still a lot of pain, but the hip moves correctly and I can get along without a cane.
It was total luck that I happened to be seeing someone smart enough to figure out the problem. Doctors so often think too narrowly and so I encourage you to do your own research and bring ideas to them.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray