Accident was this May, my family and I were rear ended in our truck by a guy going 40-45mph in a Nissan. His car was totaled. I went into protective Mama mode & wanted to rip his head off when the dust settled & I heard my kids crying in the back seat. My husband kept me in check, but the guy was cited for reckless driving and our new GMC got 8.5K in damages. We opted out of the ambulance because being in the military, we look at it as "if you aren't bleeding, your eyes are good, and bones aren't broken"...you are doing alright.
The hubby, kids, and I went home post-accident and were sore and exhausted...then came morning. I felt like I had been run over and dragged. I called my supervisor & told him I was headed to the ER. Husband watched the kids, they all tolerated feeling very sore and uncomfortable.
ER did a CT, negative. Discharged as soft tissue injury. They threw meds in my face & said follow up w/ your PCM. So I went home & used ice, pain meds, muscle relaxers, took baths, and laid in bed. Our new mattress felt like I was laying on shrapnel. Not a good night, lost a lot of sleep.
Saw the base doc the next day. He recommended dry needling. I declined, was in enough pain and needles in my neck/back sounded in poor taste. Dr filled my Rx and put me on a profile ;( no running/push-ups/sit-ups for a month till everything sorted out. Back to work I went, to my military desk job I love (really did!)...till I got rear ended and now sitting at a desk and computer causes PAIN all day. It's bad.
Was called by a chiro and I went. Later found out he was an "ambulance chaser," gave crap medical attention & wasted my life for 2 months. He over adjusted & delayed crucial healing time. He charged a ridiculous price for services ($20 for an ice pack, called it a therapy service!). Anyways...I'm in pain for months, fired old chiro & got a new one. He helped for a while...had 2 sets of X-rays that showed some misalignment. Needed further tests run!
I'm now at the end of my 5th month & the pain is WORSE!!! Hurts to sit or lay in bed. Headaches are constant. Right forehand and fingers are tingly and numb (I thought carpal tunnel from my desk job, maybe not?!), irritable and depressed from the pain not going away. Military doesn't want to order the MRI, they don't get that they aren't paying for it...I need to see a specialist, I need an MRI or another test to show my muscles/ligaments from my head to mid back. I'm beyond depressed this is still going on.
I'm in PT now and that  did dry needling last week. Initially it felt OK...then it got bad. Real bad. Hurts in my upper back, between shoulders. Feels like a spasm from hell. Hurts all the way down my spine. Been using heating pads & muscle relaxers all weekend, nothing helps
Insurance company keeps wanting to settle the kids claims for 1K each, no injuries. I took them to ER as well.
Someone please advise me? I've hired a lawyer, but feel incredibly lost with medical care. Military is quick to medically retire you if you can't PT or deploy, I'm trying to protect my career...been in 10 yrs & don't want this accident to ruin my career.
Thank you all in advance...so very much************************************
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