My name is Terri. I am 37 female. Before January 14th of this year I had never been in a car accident. On that day my then fiance and I were sideswiped by a dumptruck. We were in an old timey tank of a mercedes and so our bodies absorbed the shock. We did not go to the hospital, but I immediately began to feel my neck tense up. Within 3 days I ended up in a walk-in clinic screaming in pain.
Fast forward. My symptoms within 3 days of the wreck were: Shooting pain down the back of my arm into my elbow, an intense burning between my shoulder blades, pins and needles in my right hand, numbness in my right hand, my right hand would go cold while my left hand would go hot, headache on the right top of my head, mindblowing pain in my neck and shoulders..I was ordered an MRI. I don't have my paperwork in front of me and as result of my accident I have short term memory loss--however this is what it pretty much says--bulging disc C5-C6. A nerve is involved. I also cannot turn my neck past a certain point to the left. I have not driven a darn freakin car since that day.. Makes me so sad having to depend on my Husband.
So, I was ordered to try therapy and traction. (If I am not spelling correctly please forgive) After 2 months of traction the therapist accidentally set the traction machine to 14 pounds. I was taking 7-9 pounds 3x a week. I started screaming "You're killing me!!!" He promptly set it to 7-9 murmured that I would be "Ok" and walked out...My husband saw the entire event. He was having heat applied when he saw the pound # on the machine. Needless to say I do not do traction any longer.
My doctor referred me to a great Neurologist. She in turn referred me to a doctor that gives epidurals. I tried the shots two weeks ago this past Wednesday. The only good thing it accomplished is it rid me of most of my pins and needles affecting my right hand. I am now having muscle spasms more than ever. Yesterday I even had a spasm that travelled across the front of my neck! It brought me to my knees!!!! Has anyone ever experienced this? I will write more later--
Thanks for any comments...I appreciate the support and maybe I can help someone too...