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After car accident chronic pain in neck and shoulder MRI's show nothing:(

Started by ab2016 on 02/16/2016 9:01pm

HI Everyone,
I came across this site today. I'm in my early 30's. Unfortunately, I had a car accident at the end of 2014.I had no issues until I got into the accident. Since the accident I wen through pain management, many chiropractor sessions, injections, cervical spine injections, trying many types of medications. I went through numerous physical therapy sessions and also went to sports medicine doctor. I was at a spine and brain specialist today and told me he doesn't see any problems with my neck and shoulder. I have been battling with chronic pain over a year. It is unbearable without taking any medication. The only thing that helps me to bear pain is Tramadol. l. I get very tired and feel nausea all the time. Physical activity makes my pain worse which makes me frustrated because I used to be very active before the accident. Do you have any suggestions for me? It is frustrating that MRI doesn't show anything really. I feel like an old lady. Many days just want to rest and get through the day. This is not life. What are your experience with discography? or CT myelogram? How about facet joint injections? Do you have any suggestions for me?

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I'm really sorry you have to go through this. It took a year after my car accident to be diagnosed with CRPS. Tests years ago showed bulging disc's. One cervical, one lumbar but neither could account for the amount of pain I was in. various treatments help bring the pain level down. Took a few docs before I found the right one. Be kind to yourself, look for a doc that knows about chronic pain.
It's many years later and the pain had been controlled till about a year ago. My leg started collapsing again, pain increased and I was a total sceptic when my internist insisted on a MRI of my back. I thought it would be negative...same old, same old. I owe her an apology. I have a lot going on in my back. The pain doc is knowledgeable in both my problems. I lucked out on the first referral. Facet joint injections and epidurals will be the major part of the treatment. I'll keep you posted.
My best advice is..see a psycholigist that works with pain patients. She's my rock and keeps me grounded!
Sorry I'm rambling. hope you find some answers.