Almost 6 months ago I was in a car accident, taken to ER, X-Ray showed a "mild fracture" of my T-12. I was given some meds, told me to get 4 days bed rest, gave me a pat on the head and sent home in a whole truck load of pain, the M shot didn't even touch it - just made me stoned enough that I shut up about it. Followed up with regular doctor, regularly, light activity only, but I was still in almost the same amount of pain 4 weeks later. MRI showed additional slight fractures of the T-3, T-4, & T-5 but doctor doesn't think they are related to the accident (I haven't (revised) done anything lately to break by back but whatever)
. Also showed a "slight" bulge just above T-12 but said it isn't big enough to cause me any pain.
Doc starts me on PT which I have done religiously for 3.5 months - showed some initial improvement, then no more, still in pain - which is WAY worse at night when I am laying down (did the mattress thing, heat thing, all of that...)
when I get up in the morning sometimes I fall down cause it hurts too much to move my legs. Have only had one pain-free night's sleep in almost 6 months. Back won't handle anything but light to moderate activity, or I will be laid up for 2 or 3 or more days. Tried the Tramadol & anti-depressant for a couple of weeks the pain was less, not gone but less. Then I went back to normal - Doc took me off the anti-depressant. Still taking pain pills/muscle relaxers everyday. Doc says I should be healed and doesn't know why I can still in pain. Refers me.
Saw a Neurosurgeon the other week, filled his stupid questionnaire out - he took another x-ray first one that has been done since the accident, said my T-12 looked good and stable to him - said some of his compression fracture clients are in pain up to a year and a half after the break - said if I was still in pain in a year to give him a call back (A YEAR!? A Year and I will be in an institution if I am still in pain)
, was very short 5 minutes tops, had me bend over move my legs all that good stuff then said "sorry I can't help you" and shuffled me out the door! The guy was supposed to be one of the best in town?! I ask him about shots and other procedures he said those were for eldery compression fracture clients from bone loss or something... I'm only 30.... was like prying the lid off an old jar to get info out of him.
Doc then referred me to a Physiatrist - but I am having a hard time finding one that will take "car accident" patients. sigh....
Still in pain - don't know why Doctor Hot Shot wouldn't even so much as even talk to me. He acted like maybe I was over-exaggerating or lying....
My doc sometimes acts like that.
PT let me go - said they can't continue treating me if I am making no progress, even though PT was the only thing giving me some sort of "control" over the pain. Don't know what to do? Anyone out there been through this? I hear 6-8 weeks is normal healing time for compression fractures - then I hear no 12-18 weeks is normal. Then I hear a year and half?
I don't care if my X-Rays show my T-12 is healed it still hurts - to the touch even, doesn't that mean anything?