I have been seeing my GP about it but she is incredibly busy and takes 2 weeks to get an appointment this late in the year. I've been seeing her on and off for years, I somewhat neglected my health over the years because I lost my motivation to help myself but I need to make a change or my future is going to be impacted severely. The pain started from the incident at school and has worsened and spread over time. I have no doubt that it was the initial cause, and my life in the following years made it worse (Alongside the lack of treatment). My two jobs since very likely contributed to the decline in my health, as well. I am trying hard to get a full current proper diagnosis to find out how to help and manage my pain but, I am just concerned about what work I can do because the worse I get the more I feel I can't do the jobs I want to.
I saw a neurologist once many years ago and was told I did not have any nerve damage, but that was more so in relation to my inability to handle warmth(I would be warm and sweat in 5 degree temperatures in shorts, t-shirt and no shoes, and would even get frostnip (essentially Pre-Frostbite) just by being in comfortable temperatures). The tests showed no nerve damage, but I am not sure if there would be any differences if my spine would be taken into consideration as well. And the hand and arm issues have mostly become apparent in the last few weeks. I have woken up with numb hands and arms often, and occasionally experienced pain over the years, but it has never been constant like this until about 3 weeks ago. So, at this point I am not sure if it is an entirely different problem or not yet, I will have to wait for my diagnosis.
I am not sure if my school would even have the records anymore as I haven't been a student there in about 9-10 years. I have no doubt that this was the start of my problems though.
I am just really concerned about work right now because as far as Centrelink is concerned I am healthy enough to work (I would like to work, I just don't know what I am capable of anymore) and I still have to apply for jobs and attend interviews but, I feel like the jobs I'm applying for I might not be capable of doing long-term so I am worried that if a company takes me on now then my performance will degrade over time and they will have wasted their time and resources on hiring me. I have mostly been applying for data entry positions as I have fast typing speeds but, as of late, I have had constant pain in my hands and arms so I feel I should look at other options because I am sure it will provoke it and potentially make things worse over time. I am still waiting for a diagnosis on my arms and hands but regardless of the outcomes, I am very sceptical about my ability to do data entry long term so I am trying to explore other options, I'm just really struggling to find something I feel I will be capable of doing long term. All of my passions rely on the constant use of my hands so I'm doubtful I can aim for any of them professionally (Playing games, programming, drawing, writing and playing music) so I am just really not sure what to try and look for in terms of work. I had planned to study game programming but I am not even sure I should follow that path anymore as that job would require constant use of my hands.
Is your gp up to date with online appointments?
I book every week on a day that suits me, if I am ok one week I cancel it . This way I always have an appointment at the ready. Though my gp is great and will fit me in but there are a few catty receptionists their who think they run the joint.
If not next time your in your clinic pre-book that way your covered. Good luck
I have chronic pain and reading your story I can relate to some extent. I have severe pain all over and after years of different types of emotional and physical trauma and having chronic fatigue.....the pain and exhaustion got worse in the last four years....many visits to my GP and to specialists.....I've just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Can you ask your GP to refer you to a specialist to see if you have Fibromyalgia? I'm wondering if all your traumas could end up with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Just a thought..... and I do feel bad you were not taken seriously by many people when you tried to get help as it doesn't help one get better ☹️
I'm sorry to hear about your struggles. I will ask about Fibromyalgia but from my understanding this tends to be more muscular pain than anything else. While I experience muscle, joint, bone and nerve pain. I'm not going to deny the possibility of having Fibromyalgia but I think there are some more underlying issues that I need to get diagnosed.
Thanks for your thoughts. It sounds like you have other conditions but worth a mention....I have bone and muscle and nerve pain plus other small issues but just told its all the Fibromyalgia.....I hope you find some relief and answers....