My name is Wendy, and I live in Oklahoma City. I am a registered nurse, mostly caring for sick newborn infants. I don't know a whole lot about backs, but I am an expert at newborn care if anyone needs it.
On Feb. 6, 2013 I was rear-ended by a 17 year old in a car accident. I was stopped behind a car that was turning, and did not see him coming. He hit me at a speed of 40mph and pushed my car into the one in front of me. I was driving a new car that had only 7k miles, and was declared a total loss due to a bent frame in 2 places.
I have severe neck and upper back pain. My MRI shows "nothing but a bulging disc" at c 6-7. I am going to physical therapy 3x a week, and not progressing very well. I was referred by my family physician to a pain management physician. I have had 2 epidural steroid injcetions (ESI), the most recent 4-12-13. The first ESI seemed to help with the pain, but the one on 4-12 is causing a lot of soreness.
My pain management physician perscribed Neurontin, I am taking it, and yes, it does help a lot with the pain. The problem is that I hate the way it makes me feel. It has severe negative effects on my memory and makes me "twitch", and my thinking abilities are very reduced.
My questions to the group are...has anyone here had "whiplash" that just will not go away. I'm unable to work, dizzy, have severe neck, shoulder, upper arm and collar bone pain. Could there be a disc issue that is not visable on the MRI? I'm miserable, and only leave the house for physical therapy. I'm only 42, but I feel like my life is over. I know this type of injury normally resolves within a few weeks, but obviously I'm not normal.
Any information from anyone that has experienced this would be very much appreciated. I really don't know where else to turn for information.
Thanks to all in advance.....