- CASE FILE
I was hit in the hip by a cow and my body hasn’t been the same since. I experience excruciating pain all over 24/7 and don’t know why.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In Oct of 2017 I was 24 and I was working with cows when one ran into me and hit me in the hip and knocked me to my knees where I blacked out (without a hit to the head) and came to holding onto my husband’s (then boyfriend’s) truck bed in between the truck and the cow trailer. Ever since I have been in severe constant 24/7 pain. I spent over a year fighting with doctors who told me that I was just looking for drugs, that it was all in my head, and that because of my age there was nothing they could do. I finally start seeing a new doctor in Nov 2018 who tells me it’s fibromyalgia and she started me on medication where my symptoms started to improve a little. Feb 2019 I’m back in her office crying in pain. The medicine she put me on had plateaued and then decreased in how much it was helping. She added another medicine. It didn’t help at all. She also gave me a temporary disability parking permit because she did an MRI which showed epidural lipomytosis and spinal stenosis in my lower back which she attributed to me not being able to walk easily. March 2019 I got married and I t was the most miserable day of my life physically. I had to take a 10 minute break while doing family pictures because my body was hurting so bad that I had started crying. April 2019 I’m admitted to the hospital because of experiencing numbness in my legs that was a possible symptom of cadual equina and I was experiencing numbness and tingling in my face (from my cheek bones to my chin). Another MRI was performed of my lower back and an MRI of my brain was done. They ruled out MS, but told me that I didn’t have spinal stenosis or epidural lipomytosis... When I questioned the diagnosis the neurosurgeon ARNP that I saw told me I must be faking it to get drugs because of my history. (It’s important to mention that the history in which she is referring is one in which I was being wrongfully treated for bipolar disorder and it was still on my chart at this hospital because I was being treated when my accident occurred and it was the same hospital.) No one took me seriously except my PCP who then took me off of the new medication and gave me another one. I started feeling better again and then it did the same thing as the first medication where it plateaued and then stopped working. At 26 years old, I can barely work 26 hours a week, I can’t stand on my feet for more than 5-10 minutes without needing to sit down, I can’t walk far without leaning on something to keep going or getting into a wheelchair, I cringe at being intimate with my husband because it causes pain, I am always tired, always hurting, and getting a chiropractic adjustment 3 times a week doesn’t make a difference. I’m at the point where I’m not believing that this is fibromyalgia. I’m starting to believe that something else is going on with my body that no one else but my family cares to look into. I want to be able to live again and enjoy my marriage and plan for a family, but I’m so concerned with what part of my body is going to fall apart today that I can’t. Please help!