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Tfd1989TTfd1989 Posts: 2
edited 12/01/2015 - 3:43 PM in New Member Introductions
This will be the first forum that I have joined, I am 26 and currently work as a full time firefighter. On July 4 2013 I was struck by a vehicle as I was crossing the road to assist at a fire scene. the car had been stopped for my partner but apparently not seen my behind him. I was stuck on the left thigh/hip and thrown to the side of the car landing on my left elbow, right hand and knees I believe. Initial injuries were contusions to both hips (although I don't recall striking my right hip) bone bruise to my left elbow and sprain strain of the right shoulder. Initially I felt no neck pain and was released for full duty for the next shift in 72 hrs. As time passed the back pain became unbearable and I was sleeping with four pillows just to pad areas that hurt, the shoulder pain was there but minimal compared to the back pain and I began experiencing neck stiffness and headaches. At first I only went through occu health which did MRIs of my hips back and shoulder with virtually only swelling standing out. I was placed on light duty for a month in which time I went through pt that I do not feel helped. Being stubborn I returned to work and tried to deal with the pain the best I could for over a year until I finally gave in and went to see a chiropractor at this point I was having worsening headaches, neck pain, rat shoulder pain and numbness in my thumb and index finger . On X-ray he observed "straight neck" and sent me for a cervical MRI when he received the results he stated hey we're the most generic hed ever seen and did not go into detail. They did state I had: mild degenarative disk changes throughout cervical vertebrae, reversal of normal cervical lordosis, mild cerebellar ectopia without true chiari malformation and a moderate disc protrusion at c4-5 that a its but does not reform the spinal cord. I had an EMG performed that showed a pinched nerve and also diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy c6-7 and Ivd syndrome c4-5. I have only gone through spinal manipulation with the chiropractor but now I have been experiencing headaches 3-4 times a week and dizziness/vertigo that comes and goes. I am going through workers comp so the process has been slow. I would like to see a neurosurgeon but I have not approached this with the chiropractor yet and will of course have to workers comp approval in viewing the mri myself there seems to be more issues than what was noted I am no doctor but it does not look right. My main concerns currently are the frequent headaches and vertigo. And I am worried about the future I have been told if I keep working my current job this will not get better. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. I've never been injured before or dealt with anything like this so if u have suggestions please by all means I'd love to hear them. Thank u

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  • StlawSStlaw Posts: 5
    edited 12/06/2015 - 3:37 PM
    Hi TFD1989,

    Thank you for your service as a first responder and welcome!

    I am sorry for all you have been through. I went many years without a proper diagnosis on my neck/shoulder and upper back pain to finally discover that I had a total collapse of C5 & C6 with lordosis, stenosis, and all of the ugly stuff that goes along with it. Once I had an MRI and my doctor saw the extent of my nerve root and spinal compression, as well as the bone spurs growing into my spinal cord, they recommended surgery. I was not willing to risk a spinal cord injury, nor was I willing to walk on eggshells to make sure I didn't get hurt. Which, with the balance issues that the nerve root compression was causing, was unrealistic.

    I had surgery on 10/27/15 and am recovering well.

    I wonder if a chiropractor is the best option as you continue to develop symptoms with your injury? Maybe take the next step to visit a neurosurgeon - whether workmans comp okays it or not - to make sure no further damage is done and that you are taking the best care of your self that you can? Are you able to go under your regular insurance? I just wouldn't want you to suffer any more than necessary, especailly in your line of work.

    I hope you are able to find a good course of treatment to help you heal.
    Thank you again for what you do .

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