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Head injury and/or a whiplash and sleep

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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Head injury and/or a whiplash and sleep

Hello. Is there anyone here who had Head injury or a whiplash who since then cannot sleep at night?
When I say cannot sleep at night I mean, able to sleep one hour at night or no sleep at all.

Before the whiplash I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours.
After the whiplash I almost don't sleep at all or only one hour at night.
My doctor said it's my personality but it's not true. It can't be. It's been like that 7 years since the accident.

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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Re: Head injury and/or a whiplash and sleep

You may have PTSD. Do you have nightmares about the accident? I had an accident 7 months ago; sleep is hard to come by. Mine is due mostly to TMJ, I think, as well as waking up startled. I also wake up because of pain.
That is a bizarre, unacceptable thing to say to a patient. As well as being completely unhelpful. Even if that were the case-she or he should do something for you-as in referral, RX, something. Not just leave you feeling like this is your fault and you are somehow to blame. After reading some of the posts here, I realize we, as patients, really need to call out the doc. who is out of line. Just because one is in a position of power, does not make them right.
I see the date, and hope you have started to talk to someone. It's not "your personality." What you're experiencing is common. You have pain from the whiplash. You are probably re-experiencing this accident, too.
Best to you. I hope you got another doctor and that your sleep has resumed normally.

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