Ladies and gents; those that are a bit long in the tooth, I have a question for you? I am wondering if any of you guys had injuries that affected your back/neck that were approximately 25 years ago - and now have problems in your neck/back in the same area, and now your doctor tells you..."No, that was too long ago, that is not what is causing your problems now."
Flash back: In 1984 I ran out of altitude, ideas and rotor speed at the wrong time and crashed my helicopter - actually I was giving a guy his Flight Instructor checkride when the engine failed, and I tried to save it (us) with less impact damage. We hit vertically at around 4.5G's, rotated sideways, and then where spun around about 270 degrees rapidly. No CT or MRI back then, so just X-ray. Diagnosis then: severely sprained neck, upper back and lower back. Sent home (no meds back then really) for 2 weeks of rest.
Was good for about 3 months, then my mid back was so bad I couldn't even change the radio in my car! My lower back was so painful I couldn't bend over. My neck - turning was a killer. I ended up with a Neurologist who was also a practicing (new then) chiropractor. They ran x-rays and found I was starting "double scoliosis". He told me that he wasn't sure if he could fix it, but would try. Well, lucky for me, after like 15 treatments, I was "good as new?"
8 months later a drunk JERK rear ended me at a rate of around 50. Neck mainly the issue there. Rested for a week or so, but no residual pain that I remember. 2002, jerk hit me running a red - rear quarter hit on my car - twisting on the neck. 2 weeks rest, good to go again.
Present day.... Neck degenerating at a rapid rate. Pain and numbness now in the thoracic below (scuz...) the boobs. Lower back can't handle being bent over (for a picture - say a dishwasher, car engine) - I lock up or hurt like a mother ruckerbucker...numbness now in the feet when I sit or stand leaning slightly forward - better if I arch back. Considering EACH of these areas were creamed in that crash, and now I have these issues, coupled with my NS telling my husband and I that crash would have NO effect on me now.... Have any of you had this told to you? Or, better yet, did you have severe spinal trauma 20-25 years ago, and NOW having issues in the same areas?
Part of me is curious of course, but more so another part of me really wants to know if you have been "pooh poohed" about prior injury that has now become a spinal issue. Thanks in advance. :-)
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.