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dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Spine-Health Announcements
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    but I am talking about registered members not anonymous on lookers.
    As soon as they are registered and read the Forum description and rules they would be aware of the different categories
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  • Hello There!

    I was involved in a car accident where a young girl texting aay happily smashed into my left hand side rear whilst i was stationery in a line of traffic.

    Our local motor accidents board has paid a specialist to view my injuries & he said they were all degeneration..ie Old age!..I was 35 & fit!Afterwards they refused to offer any form of help & was told more or less to get over it.

    It is now 2011 & the neck, back & knee pain have never disappeared & I have been taking Trammadol 100slow release & 50-quick release daily since then. I cant work as every movement hurts so bad even on the drugs...although they do remove approx:80% of the pain so I can do washing & light house hold duties but nothing like what I could do prior to the car accident.

    My question is..how can one truly determine what is old age & what is genuine injuries from a rear end car accident?..I know myself as i have never been in so much pain daily in my whole entire life & have never had neck injuries before & have never been in a car accident ever before..but how can one prove the difference!

    Any form of feedback wld be much appreciated as I'm about to lose my home & be forced to live on the streets as a result of not being able to work nor pay my mortgage.

    Kindest regards,

    Jen Jen!!
  • Usually DDD from a trauma like an accident or serious disc strain like I had shows up later like a few months up to a year after the accident but I'm not a Dr. it's just something many Specialists have told me as I had facet joint issues and a herniated disc but no mention of DDD in my first MRI, However my Second MRI showed the DDD 15 months later.

    DDD can be painful for some people as when the disc erodes you may feel pain from deep nerves and causes compression. I hope you have a good lawyer as obviously the texting person was probably 100% at fault.

    I know it's hard if you have to sell your house as I had to and now I rent but you do what you need to do.

    Have you had previous x-rays from before the accident? And how soon after the accident did DDD show up on the MRI? I can't believe this girl ruined your quality of life like this. Keep looking for a Dr. to help you and get several opinions. Take care. 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
  • Jen, Jen....

    DDD or "Degenerative Disk Disease" is a misnomer on what it really means!!! Most folks over say 25 will show "proof" of it via imaging - many times means nothing!!

    The key is, can they show nerve involvement? DDD is NOT a disease - contrary to its title. Now can "DDD" cause you pain? Sure, loss of disk height, flexibility changes etc. It can be really hard to tie that to a specific traumatic issue, as again... 25+ this can develop - symptomatology wise, that is a pathological decision per person.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Jen - Jen...

    Forgot to mention, "ligaments","cartridge", "muscle stress" (tears maybe?) could also be pain generators.... Just a thought having crashed a helicopter, and working through the mess for years... (started at 21).

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,459
    ...a disablity lawyer. Especially if you can't work anymore. The disability lawyers are only paid from settlement if you win.

    Not being able to work shouldn't be a matter of who is at fault. For whatever reason, you can't work and you need assistance.

    That's not to say anything about a lawyer for the accident. I can't speak to that.

    There are resources out there. It's just very difficult to fend for yourself when you are trying to keep pain under control. But, it is so necessary to keep talking and asking for help until you receive it.

    Best of luck to you
    Take care...and do keep in touch.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,459
    ..search on this site is awesome. I was here for quite awhile before I realized how useful it is and also about how to notice "recent posts" etc... that are listed on the left side.
    I for one...was overwhelmed in so much pain and at such a loss... I felt I needed the human contact. Researching my pain..had it's place..but by the time I realized I needed this site..I just wanted feedback and human understanding.

    And in reading...very useful..but we may have an individual "twist" to the story.. and want feedback ...or to just vent..get our feelings out.

    Thanks for being a part of making this a one stop shopping site...with something for all..and all situations. :)
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  • rnnomrerrnnomre New Jersey Posts: 5
    This is a terrible problem of mine. I get very frustrated and anxious but, I will take my time and read through all the FAQ's and do my best. So sorry to go back and forth like this. This site seems like a wonderful tool to assist those suffering from all types of spinal issues. Only those experiencing what we do fully understand what we go through on a daily basis. Thank you for your patience. I'll read and read before I post again.
  • I am Pee-Jay (P-J).
    I am resident in the UK; have been a university teacher, married with 2 daughters and 2 grandsons who are my entire life and I do fervently believe are the reasons for my continued existence. I am now happily retired.
    I do know that the forum will create that home-from-home feeling for me..
    Happy to be here.
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