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I'm really really hoping someone can help me here. June last year (10 months ago) I was involved in a car accident on the motorway where a van hit me from behind at 70mph while I was stationary (broken down, no hard shoulder).
I was taken to hospital where I was quite literally left for 7 hours unchecked. My face smashed off my steering wheel because the seat was crushed forward (I was wearing a seatbelt). I was told at the time I "just had a broken nose" by doctors at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. After being left unattended for around 7 hours I was simply told to go home. No MRI, X-Ray or any other checks were done. I was told to see ENT within 2 weeks to get my nose looked at, which I did get an appointment for 13 days after the accident.
When I went to ENT the specialist looked at my nose and simply told me it wasn't broken, just swollen. Take some ibuprofen and it will work itself out, I presumed doctor knew best and took his advice.
Since then I simply can not breathe out of the left side of my nose, and I can feel sort of like a line if I feel around inside my nose (disgusting I know). The only way to explain it is that it feels like part of my nose has come away from the rest of my head, weird but that's how it feels.
Now on to the pain. Since the accident I had a constant but dull pain in my neck, and the occasional sharp pain the the right temple. If I turn my head quickly I go dizzy for a few seconds (around 10 seconds maximum). If I am a passenger in a car I get very sick because I feel like I can't control my own movements going over bumps etc (I'm OK as a driver because I know when the speedbumps and other knocks etc are coming).
The pain and dizziness was OK to start with, I could cope because I was taking 30/500mg Co-Codamol to help with the pain. This was self medicated at first because when I went to my doctor he claimed nothing was wrong. 2 weeks ago he finally prescribed Co-Codamol to me so I am still taking them, but because I've taken them for so long I have built up a tolerance to them, and take more and more as time goes on. I also feel like I can't concentrate any more without them, so I have become the one thing I despise (addicts). I literally hate myself and my life right now
For the past few days the pain has been getting worse, and the temple pains have spread to the left side of my head too. The dizziness is getting worse and I have lost my appetite completely. It's 1:08am right now, I've been up since 8am and have half a bowl of chips and 2 slices of toast all day. I had nothing at all yesterday. This is very unusual for me as I love my food.
My doctor has fobbed me off with nasal spray which doesn't work (twice), Naproxen which do nothing but make me sleepy and Amitriptyline which make me groggy and snappy. I have asked 3 times since the accident for some sort of scan, and been turned away every time. They claim nothing is wrong but I know my body, and I know that before the accident I was fit and healthy. I had visited the hospital twice in the past 20 years, once when I was 8 for a car crash (again stationary, a woman hit us from behind but it was low speed, just protocol visit to A&E) and again 2 weeks after that where I got run over and a pipe went into the back of my head (the doctor could actually touch my skull with his finger).
I'm 28, I do smoke around 10 - 15 per day but don't drink (at all!). I am generally fit and healthy and weigh 10.2st, 5ft 10 and eat quite healthy (lots of fresh fish and meats).
Please could someone tell me what to do. Can I demand a scan from my doctor? Should I be concerned about my problems? I really do not know. My own friends and family are starting to call me a liar and an attention seeker because they think I'm putting it all on. I'm due my first son in 5 weeks and I don't want him to grow up with a dad who has to rely on prescription medicine and can't run around because my neck and head hurt. I snap at my girlfriend now (don't worry I'm not violent) which I hate, but I can't help it because I feel like no one listens to me. I feel like I'm in a soundproof room shouting at the top of my voice and no one is listening.
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