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    Old 08-05-2008, 09:11 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Neck And Back Injuries Caused By A Car Accident In 2005 (need Advice Asap)

    My Name Is Sandie And I Am Thirty-eight Years Old. When I Was 31, I Went Back To College And Obtained My Social Service Worker Diploma. My Inspiration To Complete My Career Was My Children, One Of Which Has Servere Disabilities. He Is Going To Be Fiftheen In December. He Is Deaf/blind, Suffers From Daily Seizure Activity, Which Is Controlled By Medication. He Is G-tube Fed Through His Stomach And Is Wheelchair Bound. My Children Are My World And There Is Nothing I Would Not Do For Them. Through My College Progam, I Was Able To Do Many Assignments Related To People Living With Disabilities And How It Affects Not Only The Individual Suffering From Disabilites But Also The Caregivers Involved And Or Family Members. Through This, It Has Opend My Eyes To A Much Deeper Level And That I Wanted To Help Out Others Who Were Or Will Face Similiar Situations. Over The Course Of Fourtheen Years I Have Been Faced With Heart Renching Decisions And Many Challenges That Most Parents Would Never Have To Deal With. I Have Kept My Head Above Water And Told Myself Day After Day, That I Am Not Alone And That There Are Worse Things In Life. When I Graduated From College And Applied For A Position As A Child And Youth Worker In A Residential Group Home, I Was So Proud Of My Accomplishments. I Felt I Had Reached My Self-awareness And My Short Term Goals In Order To Reach My Long Term Goals. I Was In A Position For A Promotion When My World Came Crashing Down. On April 1st, 2005, I Had Come Off My Evening And Overnight Shift, Comleted All The Childrens Morning Logs And Then Closed Up The Residential Group Home And Was Driving Home. Home Was Approximately 25 Minutes Away. I Was One Block From Home When The Incident Occurred. I Was Coming To A Complete Stop To Turn Left The Street Before Mine. As I Was Driving, I Noticed A Large Truck That Was Parked On My Right Hand Side. That Is The Last Thing That I Recall From That Moment On. The Next Thing I Knew I Was Across The Street, Not Realizing That I Had Been T-boned By A Women. According To The Police Report She Had Came Out Of A Parking Lot, Right Into My Van. To My Knowledge, She Did Not Check For On Coming Traffic (me). Then When She Realized I Was There, She Paniced And And Instead Of Appling Pressure On The Brake, She Applied Pressure On Her Gas Peddle. When I Realized I Had Been Hit, I Was Was In Complete Shock! I Could Not Believe That I Had Been Hit. I Was In Deniel That This Had Happened. I Just Kept Telling Myself It Was A Terrible Dream. I Remember The Police Trying To Get The Lady To Leave Me Alone And To Return Back To Her Vechile. The Ambulance Had Came To The Scene And Took Me To The Nearest Hospital. All I Could Remember Was The Pain In My Neck And My Mid Spine. I Was In Hospital For About Four To Five Hours. They Had Taken X-rays Of My Neck, And Did Not Find And Fractures. Then They Told Me To Go Home And Follow Up With My General Practioner With In The Next Few Days. When I Went To See My Familiy Physician, He Put Me On Naprozin And Muscle Relaxants. This Did Absolutely Nothing For The Pain. The Pain Had Just Got Worse Day After Day. I Went For Six Months Of Physio, Which Did Not Resolve The Issue. For The First Year And A Half I Had Spent Most Of My Time In Bed Due To The Spasims And Neck Pain. My Left Side Of My Neck Swells Because Of The Seat Belt. When The Spaims Become So Painful, Sections Of My Mid Spine Swell And A Bruise Apprears. This Bruise Comes And Goes Just Like The Swelling On My Left Side Of My Neck. It Starts In My Neck, Then Radiates Inbetween My Shoulder Blaids And Down My Spine. Also At This Time, It Runs Down My Arms And Causes My Hands And Fingers To Become Numb And Tingling. In My Neck, I Get Servere Tinling, Numbness And Burning Sensations. At Times It Feels Like Someone Is Picking Me With A Lot Of Needles. The Pain In My Back Feels Like I Am Going To Snap In Half. My Back, Wrist, Knees, Ankles And Neck Constantly Have A Cracking Or Popping Feeling That Hurts Like Hell. I Have To Say That I Have Never Dealt With Pain This Servere. Relatively I Am A Type Of Individual Who Will Bounce Back With No Problems, Until My Accident In 2005. When I Realized That I Was Unable To Return Back To The Workforce And That The Pain Was Just Getting Worse, I Was Very Disappointed, Although In The Same Breath, I Was Not Going To Let It Ruin Me And What I Have Accomplished In My Lifetime. The Way I Would Looked At It And Still To This Day Is That, I Have Made It Through Very Worse Hurdles With My Son And I Sure As Hell Will Make It Through This Even If It Means Learning To Live With The Pain And Move Forward And To Never Give Up. I Promised Myself That I Would Proceed With My Bachlors Degree One Course At A Time. Even If After I Have My Degree Completed And I Am Unbale To Create Something With It, At Least I Can Give Myself Credit That "i Tried".

    I Was Diagnosed January 2006 With (wad2) Whiplash Associated Disorder Two And Then I Was Diagnosed With Secondary Fibromyalgia October 2006. I Still Had Not Been Sent To A Bone Specialist And Had No Further X-rays Done.

    After Three Years, I Finally Went To See A Pain Specialist And He Is Going To Send Me For A Mri And Other Related Test To Determine What Else May Be Wrong With My Spine. The Pain That I Live With Everyday Is Tiring And Very Difficult At Times To See What The Future Holds For Me. Nights And Mornings I Am At My Worst. The Nights Are Ver Long When You Wake Up Every Hour Because You Roll Over In Your Sleep And Are Rudly Awakened By A Back Spasim. When I Wake Up In The Morning, It Takes Me More Then Two Hours Before I Am Able To Do Any Sort Of Task. My Hands Are Swallon And Very Stiff. My Back Is Locked And I Have A Very Difficult Time Getting Out Of Bed. The Pain In My Back Is Undiscriable. At This Point It Is Difficult To Hold The Tears Back.

    I Cannot Keep Up Or Do Half Of My House Hold Duties Due To The High Level Of Pain. I Have A Full Time Worker To Help Out With My Son's High Level Needs. All I Want To Do Is; Get Answers And Have Better Pain Management..

    If Anyone Has Been In An Accident And Has Suffered And Or Continues To Suffer Simuliar Symptoms, I Am Begging For Your Moral Support And Possible Answers.

    Hope To Hear From Some One Soon, Also Thank You Very Much For Taking The Time To Read This And Respond. This Took Many Painful Hours To Complete, So, Again, Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart

     
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    Old 08-07-2008, 04:44 AM   #2
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    Re: Neck And Back Injuries Caused By A Car Accident In 2005 (need Advice Asap)

    Hello Sandie, I'm deeply sory to hear about your accident. I really feel for what has happened to you. It happened to me too.
    I've been in a car accident also in 2005. I was sitting in the back seat and the driver backed into the house. I regret till this day letting her driving me.
    At the time of the accident I felt my muscles strained, I was completelly concious. Since the accident I've been suffering from chronic neck pain, they said it was a whiplash. Kind of like you has described. It's 24/7 pain. I cannot fall asleep at all. It's not that I can fall asleep for one hour and wake up, it's that I cannot fall asleep at all. My body, unfortunatelly, I believe, got used to not sleeping at all.
    I was going up for months without sleeping at all.
    I was starting to take amitrypline 10mg and it takes "some" of the agony of the neck pain but I still cannot sleep. I've been taking it for the last 2 weeks so the only "good" news I can tell you that it helps a little with neck pain.
    It's an anti depressent and I didn't want to take it at first but from what I understand they give it to chronic neck and back pain so perhaps? you can try?.
    The only medication that works for the neck pain is narcotics. Yeah, well I dont' really want to start taking much of it.
    I really know what it means to live in denial, like it's a bad dream. Cause it's not your fault, you always think perhaps if you didn't go at this time it won't happen. Not your fault period.
    What really bothers me is that I cannot sleep at all. before the accident I could sleep for 9 hours and now no hour at all. The sleep specialist recommended an mri but my doctor said no. Not sure why.
    I also tried physical therapy but no success with it. It's a real agony neck pain. I'm sory to hear that you also have fibromyalgia.
    I really don't know what to say I really hope your situation will get better somehow.
    Please let me know what the mri showed.

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    Old 08-07-2008, 12:36 PM   #3
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    Re: Neck And Back Injuries Caused By A Car Accident In 2005 (need Advice Asap)

    Thank you so much for your reply! I was on Amitrypline as well although it did not benefit me. I am on a new one at 50 mg per night in which is also not working. I am on a low dose of narcotics for pain, but it only helps a little. I refuse to take more as I am a mother of four with one who is medically fragile and requires over 100% total care. I will say that I am scared to death to find out, what damages are with my spine when they do the MRI. I am presently taking my B.A. in Social Work as I refuse to give up. Like you, I suffer from lack of sleep. It is one thing to deal with the pain on a day to day basis and another with the lack of sleep. I just want answers and proper pain management as I know I will have to live with this for the rest of my life I will keep you posted as to the MRI report when I do get it. I hope that things will get better for you too and I will be thinking of you. Take care and keep smiling

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    Old 08-07-2008, 06:44 PM   #4
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    Re: Neck And Back Injuries Caused By A Car Accident In 2005 (need Advice Asap)

    Sandie!
    I am so so sorry for everything you are going through. You have come to the right place! There are so many people on this board going through similar things like you that can offer advice or just support. It is really hard to get family members or friends to understand what chronic pain can do to you. They think just b/c you are smiling or you are out that nothing is wrong and the problem is solved...they don't know how hard it is for you to actually get up and put that smile on and not stay at home with muscle relaxers pain killers, heating pads, etc.

    Anyway...the best advice I can personally give you is that you need to see a specialist. You need a neuro or ortho suregon your choice. Talk to people..see who they recommend. Those shooting pains down your arm..and that numbness in your hands and in your arms is due to a disc that is pinching on a nerve and causing that. Now the longer the disc sits there the more that nerve is going to be damaged. The one thing i learned is that nerves cannot be fixed...but you can get surgery and get that disc off of that nerve. When I had my surgery at 24 I had the same symptoms and I went in it realistically b/c my surgeon told me....I cannot take away the chronic pain..he wishes he could. He could not take away that neck and shoulder pain it is "learned" pain and b/c of the accident my muscles and tendons became much weaker and can't stand the pressure. However, the one thing he could do for me...and need to do was that he could get the disc off my nerve and I would no longer have shooting pain down the arms and no more numbness/weakness in my arms or fingers. He was right! I don't. I have the chronic neck/shoulder pain and spasms....but my arm and my fingers are once again working. He saved the nerve in time. So...you need to get the disc off that nerve so you can save your nerve from more damage. I hope this helps.

    Let me know if you have any questions at all or need to vent!

    Mags

     
    Old 08-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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    Dear Mag;

    Thank you very much for your advice. I have been on a waiting list to see a Orthopedic since Nov/05. It is very frustrating when my life and pain is in the hands of my doctor and no matter what I say or do, they have control. My insurance company who are paying my wages have control as well because I have to do all of what they say or I could loose my pays When I went to see the pain specialist he immediately put me on the top of the list for an MRI. I am waiting for the call. Everytime the phone rings, I pray it is them calling with an opening. According to my pain specialist, I have more then one nerve that is being compressed and explained how it will continue to cause nerve damage. He named some technical words inwhich completely threw me off. I will get that report soon and will be able to tell you exactly what it was. All I can say is, it was alot of information to take in and to remember everything detail for detail. He is concerned about the center of my spine, as that is where spasims occur daily. It is always cracking and popping and hurts like hell. In the morning, I have a difficult time getting out of the bed because that is where it locks up and feels as though I am going to snap in half. It is very painfull. It is a shame to be my age, work for everything for my family and to have it all gone within seconds and no possible way of going back in time. Everyday, I question; maybe if I took a different route or if I would have stopped somewhere, the accident would have never happened, but then reality sets in, that this is the way it happened and that it was not my fault. Anyways, it is late and I am going to try once again to go to sleep, what a joke that is, LOL. I will keep you posted, until then, take care and keep smiling

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    Old 08-08-2008, 03:55 AM   #6
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    I am so sorry you are going through this and that life has thrown you a curve ball that is really a HUGE curveball. You seem to have such a great spirit about you and a positive attitude and it would be a shame to loss all of that.

    I am sorry you are going through such a struggle with the doctors and having to be on a waiting list. That has to be frustrating that they are dictating who you can see and when and it there is a waiting list. Are you in Canada?

    You will get through this and there will be some kind of resolution....I hope it comes sooner then later. In the meantime try to be positive when you can and don't beat yourself up if you are negative on some days. Take some time to yourself everynow and again to let your body recharge and try to catch up. It sounds like you have a very hectic lifestyle and that cannot be helping your pain.

    Let us know how everything goes. If you need to vent or your frustrated you can always vent here. Everyone in this forum knows in some way how you feel.

    Goodluck!

     
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