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need advice on whiplash after fusion

grandmesamomggrandmesamom Posts: 181
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was rear ended at a stoplight last week. It was a low impact collision but I was frightened to death as I have had ongoing neck problems for 1.5 years. I had a c6c7 fusion in 07 and a C5C6 fusion in 08 after a cord compressiin causing myelopathy and chronic pain. I sought medical attention in the Er, had Ct scan of head and neck which were negative.I have a nagging headache in the back of my head that feels like it is coming from my spine. Its worse the more active I am.Is this to be expected? When the insurance company asked me my diagnosis I told them whiplash which was on the Er papers. They told me that wasn't a diagnosis.How concerned should I be?


  • I say go to your surgeon and get a MRi ordered. Although it could be whiplash and whiplash can take a long time to heal from. When i was first in my car accident they thought it was just whiplash and that was definitely not the case. Maybe you could have the CT scan sent to your surgeon as he knows what he did and what everything should look like and then see what he/she thinks. What insurance company asked you the diagnosis yours or the other party? Better to error on the side of caution with a mri if your surgeon feels the need for it. I do hope you get to feeling better though. Let us know how it works out. Take care.
  • If you have never been injured in a car accident you need to find out how the insurance works. I am asumming you are from AZ which is not a no-fault state. I don't know how that works. Check with your agent. Usually they can give you a quick course in claims.

    A trip to your surgeon is appropriate. Since you were not at fault you may want to hire a lawyer to represent you. A good para-legal is priceless. They will guide you through the whole process and protect your interests. Under no circumstance should you be speaking with the other drivers insurance company. One wrong word can cost you alot.

    Let us know what happens. We learn by sharing.
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