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whiplash anyone?

tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i was just wondering if anyone has had whiplash? What kind of symptoms they had,how long it lasted and what they did to help you get over it? I'm still being checked out to make sure that my wide spread pain isn't caused from more damage in my neck.Getting an mri next mon. to make sure but they said that if that comes back fine that there just going to assume that my pain is caused by whiplash.I've been given pain med. and muscle relaxants,told to continue with therapy for my muscle strengthening ,i also have been getting massages every two weeks to help with the soreness and stiffness.I wake up in the mornings and am so stiff i can barely move to walk across the room and the pain is horrible. Is this something that is just going to take time to heal on its own or can i do other things to help.Please if anyone can give me any answers i'd really appreciate it.


  • I'm sorry that you're still so sore. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

    After my accident I was diagnosed with "whiplash". I wish that was all it was! As you know, I ended up having 3 herniated discs instead along with whiplash I guess. I know that heat always helps my aching neck when it feels stiff like that.

    Good luck and let us know how the MRI turns out. My fingers are crossed that there isn't anything else going on!

  • I had whiplash(torticollis) in 1989 for 9 months and I failed my college course for Neonatal intensive care certificate because I had to take valium. So I worked as receptionist at my Dr's office for that 9 months and one day I woke up and it was gone. I had no problem quitting the valium either. I don't know how I got whiplash probably due to lifting weights at the gym. I also got an occassional massage. I have DDD and arthritis in my neck now. So that was my experience. I wore a warm towel wrapped in a pillowcase at night and sometimes wore a soft collar. Take care and hope it resolves for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • you were both told that you had whiplash but did you have other symptoms besides neck pain and stiffness. my neck is definitely sore and stiff but my main problem seems to be the pain everywhere else. In my back and arms and legs.the doctors keep searching for something that would cause such widespread pain and so far have said whiplash because i don't think that they can find anything else yet. The mri i'm having next week may turn up something else but they already told me that if it shows nothing then there just going to say its whiplash.
  • Tammy,
    Sorry to hear your still doing so poorly from the accident. Three years ago when I had my accident was also diagnosed with whiplash. Well three years later and four surgeries later it was never whiplash. Is the Mri being done with contrast? I don't know enough about it, but I was told standard Mri with hardware will not show enough, due to the shadowing? After my accident I was told that whiplash can take up to 6 months to resolve? I do hope all goes well with the mri next week and they find the source of the new pain. Keep us posted on what happens.
  • Tammy, after my accident I hurt EVERYWHERE. They gave me a steroid taper because of my RA but I think the soreness was just the body going into shock from the impact. I don't know how hard you were hit but it doesn't take much to make the body scream "OUCH"!

    If I remember correctly it took at least 2 or 3 months before my achiness settled down and it was mostly my neck that hurt. Of course, everyone is different and I should have had that MRI from the beginning.

    Hang in there, you'll have answers soon.

  • well hopefully they get a good pic. with the mri and can tell whether there is more problems or not.hopefully not.my body was so sore and drained before the surgery it took a lot for me to come back from it and this accident has just complicated things.my body had gotten very hypersensitive to everything so having the accident seemed to just open that whole can of worms again.will let you's know how my mri turns out.I'm supposed to call my surgeons office and let them know as soon as i have it done so that they can get one of the surgeons look at it.If they see a problem there going to bring me right back in.
  • I too was diagnosed with whiplash. And like Griff said I hurt EVERYWHERE. There wasn't an inch of me that didn't hurt. Then I went to see the specialist and have since had ACDF so now I'm not sure which direction the pain is coming from anymore. I do know that I read up on whiplash really well before my surgery because I had never been through it before and most Dr.'s say it can take up to a year to resolve. Dear Lord you've been through enough without this happening! I hope your MRI shows the problem. Keep us posted.
  • I'm so sorry to hear that you are still having trouble. It is your turn for a break! You have been through so much already. I don't have any answers for you, but just wanted you to know that I care, and if you need to talk, PM me.

    This is one of those times when you hope the MRI shows something that can be fixed, but at the same time you hope it doesn't show something because you've already been through enough surgery.

    Please keep us posted, and remember to be assertive with the doctors. Ask for a copy of your MRI report and read it ahead of time so that you know what questions to ask your doctor when you see him next. (If this is possible where you live, some facilities won't release the report direct to the patient.)

    Here's a cyber hug. >:D<

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Yes I had tingling and numbness in my hands. The pain was in my left side of my neck and shoulder. I had pain in my sternoclodalmastoid muscle which is very large down neck and to shoulder blade. I hope the MRI helps and you get the info you need. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Had the mri last night well really early this morning at 2am.i have to call the surgeons office tomorrow morning and let them know i had it done so that they can look at it and see if there is anything wrong.if they find something then i'll go back in and see what they want to do and if nothing shows then i just go back in at my next scheduled apt.
  • I know it's one of those Want to know Don't Want to know situations but either way keep us updated.
  • Hi everyone,
    after i had my mri done,i woke up the next morning and my neck was so sore and stiff ,the pain is awful.I've tried ice
    wrap around my neck because it feels like its on fire all the time.That didn't seem to do much so i switched to heat.I started taking hot baths and soaking,that didn't do much either.I finally went and had a massage,that seemed to help the most but i can't keep going every couple of days it just too expensive. I really want to put my collar back on and say the heck with it but i know that probably is a bad idea.I don't want to lose the muscle strength that i've built up there again.I'm still taking pain meds. and muscle relaxants.Normally a muscle relaxant will knock me out for the night but my muscles are getting so tight that i'm still up half the night.This is starting to feel to familiar to how i used to be and i don't like it. X(
  • Any word on when your appointment might be? Any way you can get to a hot tub?

  • I REALLY over did it today and I'm paying for it. Percocet and vaium and heat and I getting zero relief today. C, do you think those back massagers like the ones you get at the drug store would be a bad idea? I don't want to do anything harmful but I'm at my wit's end today. Tammy I understand about the cost of back massages but oh what I wouldn't give for one right now.
  • :/ I was told my injury during car accident was "mostly muscular, probably not even severe enough to be called whiplash" Still going to Physical Therapy 2 months later with little improvement then MRI showed
    "There are protruded osteophyte disc complexes at the
    C4-5, C5-6 and C6-C7. There are small uncovertebral spurring at the
    C5-6 and the C6-C7"
    Which I guess was there before the accident.
    I am new and just starting to look for my answers. That being said...
    I CAN say that the Physical Therapy has consistently improved my ROM and that they do electrical stimulation and ultrasound and massage that is very beneficial to the soreness/inflamation of the muscles in my neck/shoulders. And from what I understand most insurance companies will pay for the PT at least twice weekly
  • Well I can't say about the massage portion, because I can't handle any massages in my neck and shoulders. I had a PT tell me to put two tennis balls in a sock and use that like one of the massagers but I could never tolerate it. The best thing for me is moist heat.

  • well i did have a bulge at level C3-4 when i first started having trouble with my neck but through physical therapy i was lucky that at least that level did resolve.As use can see the other three levels didn't and there for the operation.I'm just hoping that C3-4 didn't herniate with the accident causing the symptoms that i have now.Should find out something very soon though. ;)
  • my gosh how long can it take to look at an mri and determine a problem.I've waited a week now to find out if there are any compressed nerves and still haven't heard a thing.i think i'm going to call again today and see if anyone has looked at it yet.they said that they wanted the mri done as soon as possible so i'm sure that they wanted the results that quickly as well.
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