I was hit from behind Feb '08 pretty hard (totalled, etc.) with no broken bones, no herniated disc, not bulging anything. Nothing major to show up on any tests except fluid on MRI. I'm thinking, "Great!". Well, I continue with therapy, exercises, do all I have to do. 5 months after, still not back to normal. Dull pain in arm at times from shoulder, reaching up sort of pinches in neck/shoulder, still have these knots in upper back and trap especially, cramping or soreness around shoulder blade and crazy long headaches resulting from these things. Also, sleep was NOT the same... waking up several times in the night, lots of discomfort, frequently pretty painful.
Well, now its been almost 14 months and while I'm not near handicapped and I have so much to be thankful for, these things are still here. I don't suffer everyday, I'm very lucky. But, these things are HERE! The headache I have now I've had for almost 3 days with the soreness and the knot in my trap shooting up into my brain, or along the back of my ear, almost like into my jaw. Sleeping thru the night is a distant memory! I may have ground my teeth before, but I get these knots there now. Sometimes I think I'll go NUTS trying to figure out if I'm just whining because I'm supposed to 'be over' this. I sometimes actually wonder if I'm just weak because I'm getting back into my exercise regimen (even though jogging ceases with the horrible pinching in my trap)and I'm in no way unable to perform daily activities, but sitting on my couch, unloading the dishwasher, lying in bed, common things are a constant reminder that this 'thing', whiplash, injury, whatever is still there. I don't know if its active, maybe its just the stain of the injury, but I'm not imagining it. (yes, I stretch, do the therapy exercises and all)
Can someone please just tell me if they understand this? And is this at all medically accurate? Most sources mention recovery after 6 months! If someone can say, 'It'll be here for a while, just suck it up', I can do that because then I'll know that I just live with pain somedays, discomfort often. But if this is not how its supposed to be, I'd like to know that I've explored all options... Injections were suggested. I've had cortisone, which helped for about a day maybe- it was wonderful! Also, facet injections were suggested by someone who's seen this help many people out.
Thanks for any input.