Sorry for late reply, it has been very busy last few months and been back to see pain specialist and doctor many times. I have now started 5mg Norspan patches which have been helping much more than Tramodol etc. as noted in recent post. Also mentioned last few weeks have been a struggle and really think there is somethign else going on, so will get doctor to run some more tests again to see if anything shows up that hadn't before. I will ask to run the ANA test again.
MRI showed nothing abnormal except some deteriation of the disks i believe it said. I was front seat passenger in the car accident and was aware that we were about to hit a light pole, so braced myself (or i would likely have hit my head on the side of car or pole & not have survived). but being braced and very stiff i suffered severe lateral whiplash (side-on, not front). No bulging disks, so really not sure what causing the pain. Is mostly pain in neck and radiates into headache all day every day, some days better than others. On good days the meds help me forget i have pain, on bad days i would really rather be dead to be honest (not trying to be dramatic). i really don't enjoy life much because of it. also get pain in mid-back, sometimes lower back, not sure if related to neck or not, but also aches and pains all over body on top. Not been sleeping much lately which is not helping, sometimes from the pain, but also stress and other health issues i guess. Was becoming an insomniac again. Trying to get sleep again but is difficult.
On my bad days and can feel a migraine coming on, i have no choice but to go to chiropractor. i understand some people feel they do not help or can cause damage (my partner who is a masseuse included), but when i am bad like that he is the only thing that helps me. i walk out feeling much better usually great relief and migraine does not eventuate - if i can get in to see him in time that day that is.
not had MRI with contrast. what is that they use for contrast? probably some chemical i don't want in my body, i am guessing, that will likely affect my overall health anyway.
Not tried Gabapentin before first i have heard of it. BrisNeck also mentioned this one.
Sorry to hear you are in so much pain also. It is very debilitating and just makes life difficult in all areas. also because its not such an obvious & quantifiable issue, most people and doctors don't understand. if my doctor could spend a week with me and see how much pain i am in, and how much it affects my life they would not hesitate to prescribe whatever you needed to take the pain away. a different perspective would make all the difference, knowing that they would not want to suffer like that themselves, so why should anyone else...
some days i just can't take it and do not want to get out of bed. lucky i am able to work from home now and very flexible with hours and do not need to travel much anymore, or i would not be able to work on a consistent schedule at all - very erratic. although doing too many hours again, it is flexible so i suffer through the bad days and work hard on the good days or parts thereof
for that i am grateful & consider myself fortunate.