I had an accident at work on May 20th 2007 where I lifted a large cardboard box full of goody bags the handle on the left hand side of the box gave way and ripped up the to the top of the box this caused me to be pulled down to the left and forward at the same time. Immediately I was in agony my back started burning and i seemed to get a large raised area across my spine. I had to work the rest of the day and by the time I had to drive home it took several hours as the pain was so intense.
From then on I was unable to go back to work and finally gave notice in October as it was obvious I was not going to be fit for work for some time. At the time of the accident I lived in a very small local community and my doctor did everything in their power to help me. I was sent to physio at an NHS hospital and received physio and acupuncture for around 14 weeks. This if anything caused pain to worsen. my physio therapist took and x-ray on which there was nothing to see. While in x-ray I had to put pressure on area of pain by staying very still in one position for several minutes after x-ray i sat up on trolley and then passed out. Physiotherapist was sure it was a trapped nerve and recommended my doctor to refer me for an MRI. I was refused MRI on day of scan as when I described symptoms to doctor he agreed with me that it was most definitely not a trapped nerve. I would have to be refered again by doctor after they had worked out what my injury actually was. This never took place as before accident occured we had been accepted on an Australia skilled visa and we were actually due to leave four weeks after the date of original MRI appointment.
My doctor tried me on multiple medicines but nothing worked until the edge was taken off slightly by taking tramadols 150 twice daily tramadol 50's two four times daily and pegabilin two, two or three times daily. My husband had to sell my car and buy me an automatic as I was unable to change gears and I had to drive as I had to take my son to school who's school was 25 miles away from home.
After being released from physio I decided to go for an a ppointment at a chiropractor. Immediately she was aware of how much pain I as in and gave me my very first thorough examination. She pinpointed the area where all the symptoms were coming from. (my symtoms included - severe upper back pain , pains down arms and right down to fingures, giddy spells, heavy sweating and on the rare occassion passing out, I also had very bad and painful leg movements and I was completely fatigued due to not sleepin due to pain, further to this I was suffering from tremendous headaches, nausea and jawpain.) My Chiropractor pinpointed it to my T4 area of my spine and explained that many of the symptoms were due to the T4 area is the sympathetic nerve area which explained the crying, sweating, giddyness and nausea.
She immediately booked me in for two to three treatments a week and after around five weeks the pain was become more locallised to the T4 area and much easier to handle to the extent I took myself off of the pregabilin. I saw my Chiropractor serval time a week right up until we left fro Australia on December 29th.
For our move my doctor gave me two months supply of both tramadols and a copy of my notes involving my accident.
When we arrived in Australia I was to busy setting up home to visit the Doctor or Chiropractor, but by the beginning of March I was back to the beginning sheer agony. This time I can not even drive it is so bad and I am getting really down as I am only 37 and I have a five year old son and it is affecting his life, He has to be so careful around me that it is ridiculous. It is breaking my heart. I have just started seeing a Chiripractor again and am well aware that it will take at least five weeks of two treatments a week before I get some relief. My new doctor has tried me on diazapan which does absolutely nothing.
I am at my wits end. This accident has caused my family complete grief it causes arguments at home as I am unable to carry out everyday housework like hoovering and my poor husband has to do along with a 40 hour a week job. We we receiving fertility treatment in the UK before we left which after waiting ti be accepted and carrying out all the tests we then had to stop because of this accident. I am so angry and fed up I want to be pain free. I want to enjoy playing with my son. I want days out,
Does anyone know what this can be my new chiropractor thinks it may be T4 syndrome but I do not have all the symptoms of this.
Further to what I mentioned above, My shoulders are very painful and I can not lift my arms any higher than shoulder level straight out in front of me and even that it painful as is lifting things like plates and the kettle. Simple things like washing my hair in the shower can be extremely painful. The shoulder and elbow pains are like pressure (like someone using extreme force right in the edge of my shoulder and using all their strength to push in).
I hope smeone can give me some advice for all of this.
Hi my name is Leticia, I have the same injuries as you i also got injured at work ligting heavy boxes of gaterade.
I had pain on my right side of the neck and shoulder, did massage therapy got worse i had to stop, then i did physio the symptoms were getting worse, then i did an MRI came out normal i did an XRAY also normal, i now have been seing a chiropractor for about 2 months now he says it's nerve related, i now have pain down my arm, my hands my finguers, my leg my foot, my MD wants to send me to a pain clinic where they treat with injections, i want to find out what the problem is, they haven't really found the problem, you have all the symptoms i have i was wondering if they have told you what's causing all your symptoms besides T4, i have meantion to my chiropractor about T4 and he says yes that is a problem but i have other problems because of al the symptoms i have. Next week am going to ask my MD to do an MRI to my spine hopefully they will see something so we can treat it.
All the best to you, Thankyou
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