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car accident today= released from ACDF yesterday

JulieAJJulieA Posts: 1,420
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
How ironic is it? Yesterday was my first day back at work and today some one hit me? My NS was right when he said Cervical patients are magnets for auto accidents....

Anyway my car isn't too damaged, but the other car we think is totalled. I am now feeling neck pain and left arm dysfunction as well as right foot/let pain. We are heading down to the ER for x-rays....

My car insurance and their insurance suggest I go to the hospital to get checked out.

I will post more when I know more.



  • Julie,

    Hopefully all will turn out well. I am glad to see you let the insurance company know about this, and too that you are hitting the ER to be *sure* if there are more issues. Fingers crossed that you are fine!! So sorry to hear this woman!!! *hug*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I'm sorry to hear of the accident. I hope everything is alright when you get assessed and see your Surgeon probably for follow up. Prayers you're going to be alright. 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
  • Don't ya hate that. I find that I am forever looking in the rearview mirror when I am stopped. I had one close call when I was waiting to make a turn and the guy coming down behind me changed lanes at the last second and there was a car flying up behind him. I hit the gas really fast and just avoided getting hit.

    I find myself thinking about moving to the country all the time now to escape the traffic. Of course with my luck I'd hit a cow!!
  • I do the same thing. I'm a much more careful driver than I was before, but my husband would disagree. Ok, I can be a bit aggressive and have to control my roadrage (I only yell and give dirty looks, really, I mean that), but when I'm stopped at a light I'm staring into my rearview mirror nonstop. I'm terrified of being rearended at a stoplight.

    I'm also very careful when I'm crossing a street at a green light and tend to slow down to make sure some insane texter isn't going to blow the red light and broadside me.

    For many of us, cars started this whole thing and it's only natural that we're afraid it's going to make us suffer once again.

    Julie, any news yet? Everything ok? Please let us know when you can.

  • I really hope all is well with you.I was in an accident four months after my surgery and i'm still suffering problems due to the accident. They now believe that i suffered a spinal cord concussion during the accident and there was no damage done to either car. Anyone who has had spine surgery is so vulnerable in a car. i used to hate getting in one so afraid that there was going to be an accident and it finally happened. Hopefully your outcome with be different.
  • I'm saying a prayer for you that all is ok and you are just a little sore from the impact.

    You are super smart to have called the insurance company right away and head to the ER. Please let your surgeon know as well what happened so he is looking at the results.

    If you need a re-MRI...you may want to call your surgeon b/c he may want you to go to the place that has done the others for easier image comparison.

    I hope you are ok.
  • I had x-rays at the ER that night. I am trying to live my life and not think about it. That being said my pain is at worse that it was pre-surgery. My neck hurts to move it now, even putting on a hat, changing my clothes and gettig dressed makes me want to cry. My hand pain comes and goes with some numbness and tingling (not a lot) but I am back to dropping things and the hand pain is more specified to the tops of my hands and the middle finger through the pinky. I hope it is whiplash and this goes away because this is not any fun.

    I see my NS in a couple more weeks (follow up from my surgery). I see my PC in a week and I am asking for a referral to Pain Management- I am coming to terms with my life and being in pain isn't as much fun as it used to be (small joke). The ER gave me Percocet and my NS had switched me to valium and the combo really helps me sleep- that is good news. I can't take that stuff during the day though and I was just about of the norco when the accident happened.

    The ER doc said to expect a decent set back on the recovery but this seems more than I would expect. The sent the x-rays to the NS office. I would like to ask for a new MRI of my entire spine just to be safe. I have had some intersting pain in my low back but I think my hardware may need to come out. My rigth foot has taken to going numb 1-3 times a week while I am walking on it. Does it ever end?

    Update on my Horners Syndrome- saw my eye guy again yesterday. He said it could be getting worse. He wants to wait till it is done fluctuating before he tries to fix the lid (super lazy eye not focussing well). Now we are looking at October. I am going to start the narrow angle glaucoma treatments in a few weeks and I have new bi-focal progressives coming to help me see my work computer.

    I didn't realize that I suffer from chronic pain untill my last NS appt. But when I add it up it really adds up..... Pain will probably always be a big part of my life. I am now at terms with it. I just need help managing the meds adn finding the right combo for me (I think).


  • Hi Julie...
    So sorry hon! Just what you needed...a car accident! Sometimes I think we should just stay in bed! Keep us up to date on what alls going on...am praying for you hon! Gentle (((hugs))) for you!
  • OK- so the accident was almost 4 weeks ago. I had my follow up with my NS today. My neck/shoulder pain has been getting up to 8ish on the pain scale and medicated I go down to 3ish. My right forearm and pinky & ring finger have gone numb a few times but the absolute worst pain comes when I look up- it feels like my facet joints are locking and literally will send me to my knees. Plus I have pain raidiating right above my bra line. I want to say the neck pain is far worse than before my fusion. But the numbness and arm pain comes and goes and is not nearly as bad as it was.

    They want to give it more time to heal. They think (him and a colleague) that I may have herniated the level or levels below my fusion in the accident. I am pretty sure I had bulges there before (definate shadows on my MRI's). I told him I can't live like this. I can't comb my hair/wash my hair or lift anything above shoulder level with out almost crying. I asked him to refer me for a nerve block and a pain manager.

    He agreed. So hopefully next week or so I will find some relief however temporary it is. They told me to call them if the nerve block/steroid injection worked/didn't work and then they will schedule an MRI before my follow up in 8 weeks.

    Now I am afraid if I tell my Primary Insurance Co they wont pay and will want Geico to pay.... I am afraid Geico will say I have a pre-existing condition and won't pay nothing..... Should I seek out a personal injury attorney? Advice? I have double health insurance, my personal auto insurance and the at fault driver's insurance.

    Thanks- Julie
  • Oh Julie I'm so sorry. To go through all of this right after surgery is awful.

    I'm dealing with no-fault for my injury so I know what you are thinking. First off get an attorney. They work on a percentage so you shouldnt have to lay anything out. You need to let no-fault know what is going on. They will pay and if they have a question they can fight it out with your health insurance. THey will assign someone to your case. Probably best if you explain your situation up front to them.

    What a pain in the neck - literally!!
  • Julie,
    I am just getting back to SP Health forum to get support for chronic stuff going on with my cervical spine(15 yrs post-op from my ACDF of C-4/5/6) and noticed your post re: the accident. My gosh how similar - - I was 3 mos. post op when I was hit front side of my van (almost broadside) while I was just getting back to driving, sitting at a stoplight and a 17 yr old male driving a Transam decided to lose patience and speed around a concrete truck. He missed the two vehicles in front of me in fish-tailing dangerous speed/braking and managed to hit me. I experienced the same trauma injury symptoms you are having and was devastated psyche and physically!
    I did not have any fracture or problems with the bone implant fusion continuing to be successful, but it set me back into 6-9 months of recovering from muscle spasms and neuropathy numbness, tingling arm hand and fingers. It was almost a year before I could say I was past the surgery trauma and the mva trauma. You need to do whatever you can to pace yourself and know you will get thru this but it will require much patience with pain meds and continuing activity of walking as much as you can (body will continue to heal as it is hurting).
    Re: Insurance – I handled my personal injury claim myself (had previous experience from a severe mva 5 yrs before - - also involved in being hit on highway drunk driver) Please know you won’t be written off because of pre-existing conditions, you have every and even more right to claim injury and issues for healing from your surgery and it being successful because of the trauma from the accident - - you have a much higher stake and liability to claim. Others have suggested getting a personal injury atty. and I agree they can be of great assistance and with the trauma of the surgery and all that you have going right now physically and emotionally having a good atty handling the grind of the claim and all that is involved at times probably is a good idea. Recommend interviewing more than one and getting one who has the most experience and the one you most respect and who you can communicate well with and who addresses your concerns and your injury and future liability in your recovery.
    Re: Settlement
    I did not settle or sign off on the claim with the driver who was at fault’s insurance until I had successful fusion and was out of the woods on the chronic pain and spams = 12 months. I got what I considered a good and fair settlement (although no amount seemed to rectify the pain and suffering and concern for the future because of the true trauma injury to my spine). Of course it covered medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, plus future medical care. An atty can so all of that is handled well.

    Please know you will heal even though its been complicated, delayed and taken more time to do so. I went almost 8 years post-surgery functioning well and free of pain with the ADCF 4/5/6 and believe it would have been more, but hate to say….unfortunately sustained another mva rear-ended and degenerative issues progressed to chronic stages 2004 to current.

    Julie, do whatever you can to nurture your body and your spirit. You will see progress and that your are healing and getting back to feeling good again. In addition to pain meds, I did a lot of body therapy work doing aqua therapy (warm pool) for 2 months at a time over the most painful days and therapeutic body massage twice a week = that really helped on all levels and really helped !

    Keeping you in my heart thoughts and prayers that you are fully supported and taken care of during this unfortunate challenge in your recovery - - that nothing prevents you from seeing progress physically or financially. That you find an excellent attorney who honors your injury and will see that you receive a fully satisfying settlement for your injuries and pain/suffering AND your spine and your body heals fully and you enjoy days of being active and free of pain and, yes, living your life fully again!

  • I had the injections Friday Morning. I used a different clinic than I did when I had my lumbar injections. I was awake but medicated. I got to watch the first one. He threaded the catheder down through the c7 in the front (I felt it go through the nerve yikes). Then they rolled me over and did the other side and I felt that one as well.

    I could not use my left arm/at all till the next day. I have been a little sore since. I feel like it has worked about 50% in reducing my pain I am hoping that it gets better. The good news is the upper thoracic back is feeling better. The bad news is the lower thoracic back is sore and I am not sure if it was always sore (and the stronger pain just won out or if it is just sore from the injections).

  • The Injections was quite good for 3 weeks. It took a while for my body to absorb the medication and then the lower t pain went away.

    All the pain came back suddenly last Friday. Monday I called my NS office and told them so I could get in for the MRI which I had w/and w/out contrast this am.

    The good news is that C8/T1 doesn't look herniated the bad news is the obvious spondlylolistesis at that level. I never saw my x-rays after the accident so I wonder if they show it?

    I guess it explains my pain.

    I still think I have an issue at T4 but we didn't have orders for that. She got some views of it and asked the radiologist to comment on it so I am anxious to see his report.
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