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22 year old neck pain from car accident

Gillian. NicoleGGillian. Nicole Posts: 11
edited 09/01/2015 - 11:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello: this is my first post. I'm looking for some support and suggestions as many doctors appointments and therapies have me hitting a wall.

In December 2013 , I was rear ended on the highway at a high speed (hit at 40mph). After the accident, I had visited the ER and they did a CT saying everything was normal. The doctor gave me muscle relaxers for pain and said I was experiencing spasms. The pain ion my neck continued so I decided to seek chiropractic care around January 2014. I saw a chiro from January to April 2014 with no relief. He had only taken X-rays and no other diagnostic tests were done. From April til February 2015 I tried some at home cervical exercises, new medication etc. February 2015, I began seeing a new chiropractor who decided that my case was more serious than any other doctor I had seen. He ordered EMGs, ultrasounds, and MRIs of my cervical and lumbar spine. In March they diagnosed 3 disc herniations in my neck as well as 2 bulging discs in my neck and reverse lordosis in my neck and spine. I also have cervical radiculopathy in c4/c5 and joint and muscle inflammation in my neck. I also have lumbar back 3 bulging discs, one herniated disc and an annular tear

After the second chiropractor diagnosed me, he tried to give me relief using ultrasound therapy, neck exercises, and eventually cervical traction using a machine. While the traction definitely helped a little bit, the rest of the treatment did not and I discontinued my visits to try a new treatment plan. In May 2015, I visited an orthopedic who took further X-rays and gave me a second opinion on my MRI. The orthopedic does not want to do surgery on me since I'm 22 and it is not guaranteed to fix me and allow me to be pain free. I'm currently getting cortisone shots in my neck once a month and am taking a lot of medicine [naproxen 500mg, lyrica for nerve pain 50mg, and robaxin muscle relaxer 150mg].

Wondering if anyone can give me a long term solution besides physical therapy [which I start next week].... Has anyone had success with the same neck surgery at a young age [or any age]. Any other things that have worked for your pain? Really in need of some support and I am upset over this pain that just won't quit. I want to live a long pain free life but have no answer as to how right now.

Any feedback is helpful.

Thank you.

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  • IbrahimaIIbrahima Posts: 2
    edited 09/01/2015 - 11:43 AM
    I wish I could be of any help because I completely understand your frustration. I am in a similar boat with you and I an still hunting for a solution. I recently bought a posture pump which kind of gave me a little relief but not completely. Let us know if physical therapy helps your situation

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