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Cervical Pain 10 months after rear end collision

Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and like so many others, I am looking for information to gain knowledge about what I'm going through. Oct. 2012 I was stopped to make a left hand turn when I was rear ended by another vehicle which was going 35 MPH. As soon as the police arrived he asked if I was okay and I told him immediately my back was hurting. I didn't lose consciousness, but knew my left arm was aching and my back was aching, as well as having ringing in my ears. The squad came, but I refused to be transported, thinking I'd be okay. My car seemed to be drivable (luckily it was a big Buick) while the other driver's car was totaled (later I did find out my car had frame damage requiring about 7K worth of work). My husband came to pick me up and asked if I could drive back, I felt nervous and declined. When I got back to work (we're self employed and that's where I had to go back to before going home), our son said I was talking like I was drunk. I laughed and asked why in the world he would ever say such a thing, as I'm not a drinker and what I was saying made perfect sense. He went on to say, Ihe'd had enough concussions from football to believe that was what was going on with me. The pain continued so I decided a day or two later to go to the chiropractor. My normal doc wasn't in, so I was assessed by another physician who semed to think I'd be okay. I continued to go back to my normal chiropractor for two months. He continues to be surprised I'm not better. He finally asked me to have an x-ray, which I did, but it didn't show anything out of the norm. I have had a few appointments since then, but since I don't have insurance and the chiropractor is an hour away, I just haven't continued to go back often. Each time I do, though, he's still surprised how much pain I have when he tried to adjust my neck (and sometimes the pain is too great and I can't even get the adjustment). I mentioned the pain in my left arm after the accident. For quite a few months I could not carry my purse handles over my forearm. I also ached in the tricep area, but the forearm seemed to be the worst part of that. It has since gotten stronger, but it does give pain/discomfort if I hang my purse handles over the forearm for extended periods of time. The last thing that I contend with is continuing Tinnitus. I didn't have it before the accident. Many times I've described it as "screaming", some days (well, at least now that more time has passed) it's not as loud (like enough to make it so i couldn't sleep) and I'm learing to ignore it more often than not.

So with this knowledge, I'm trying to understand what could possibly be the reason I have not healed. I have servical pain that sometimes hurts, so when I start to rub it, I actually scream when I press to hard. I have spots on both sides of my neck/shoulder area that get numb and tingle.

I asked the Chiropractor if he thought maybe there could be a compressed nerve, but he thought that my fingers would have been numb if that would have been the case, and it's not. So then I started to wonder if there could be a bulging disc? If so, what that cause the type of pain I continue to have? The chiropractor also said he wouldn't mind if I got a MRI, but then never gave me a script so that I could actually have it done. Since I'm uninsured, this will have to be paid out of my pocket, so I'd like to ask if having a bulging disc could cause these symptoms for these 10 months? Of course, this cost would eventually be recouped in the lawsuit against the at-fault driver, but if it's not the type of testing I should use to assess what could be going on, then I don't want to waste the money out of my pocket that may take years to recoup.

The chiropractor is caring, but doesn't seem to have any real concern about figuring out why I still have this pain and doesn't offer any suggestions as to what I should do research on to come to a resolve.

Your help is greatly appreciated. Oh, I should mention, I have no other medical/physical conditions and had been in fantatastic health until this accident. I have experienced some mental confusion/fuzziness and even got lost driving to a local destination that I've been to many, many times.



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  • Hi DCarGirl,

    Speech problems (talking like a drunk) and tinnitus (ear ringing) are symptoms of vertebral artery compression which can result from neck trauma. I've had the same problems in the past that were also concurrent with visual disturbances. When the blood flow to the brain stem is impeded you can suffer mini-strokes. May want to look into this further and consult a cerebral vascular surgeon.

    Good Luck,

    Train Wreck
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