Back and Neck Pain from Auto Accident

Back and Neck Pain from Auto Accident

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JLGACC
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Back and Neck Pain from Auto Accident

Hello everyone,

This is my first post on the forum. About 3 weeks ago I was involved in an auto accident, my vehicle was rear ended. I went to ER right away, had X-Rays done, the ER sent me home with pain killers and muscle relaxers, which I didn't take since I was fine the next morning. Two weeks after my wreck I began to experience pain in my upper back in between my shoulder blades, my shoulder blades themselves, and my upper shoulders. Now I've got pain in my neck, shoulders and upper back.

At first I figured what I had was a case of whiplash, but now I have this burning sensation in my shoulders and the back of my neck.

I've been to a chiropractor the past couple of days (for the first time in my life) and he is convinced it is just whiplash. My chiro is working with me doing some PT and back adjustments.

I'm a little worried that I may have a disc problem in my uppper back, possibly neck, which would explain the burning sensation.

I'm going to get a second opinion from my regular MD tomorrow and see what he has to say.

Right now I'm looking for any advice this forum may be able to give me, as I haven't done a whole lot of homework on this yet, and I want to make sure that I'm taking the right steps.

Thanks in advance!

John

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Welcome

Hi John.

First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many going through the same things as you are.

As far as your question, and the symptoms you are having yes those can be symptoms of cervical spine issues. But also keep in mind whiplash is nothing to mess with either. There are some studies out that suggest that it can take one a few months to recover from a whiplash incident. But your doing the right thing by getting a second opinion from your doctor. Often times if there is a issue from a accident on the first set of test immediate following the accident, nothing will really show on the films.

I would try the muscle relaxers the ER sent you home with you as it could be a muscle issue and those may just do the trick for you. But seeing your doctor is also the best place to start.

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Car Accident Victim here also

I think getting a second opinion is most definitely the best thing to do. I also went to ER right away, I was t-boned. ER did exactly the same thing to me as they did you. Then I went to my reg doctor, repeatedly and got no help there so she finally sent me to get some pt done. After three requests that were ignored I contacted the insurance company, in this case workmans comp and told them I was not getting better and has requested being sent to a specialist and was getting no where. They set me up with one. The spec looked at the same MRI that my doctor had looked at, where she found nothing wrong he found real damage. I'm now 16 months after the accident, four back surgeries that have not ended in good results for me, perm nerve damage in my leg, foot and lower back. The point I'm trying to make is that as long as you feel there is a problem keep pushing. Had I stopped with my doctor telling me nothing was wrong despite the massive amount of pain I was in and had I settled with the insurance companies it would not have been a good thing. Good luck I hope things turn out well for you.

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second opinion so important

hi and welcome to the forum! Wave we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.getting that second opinion is so important!! sometimes we need more help than just adjustments can do! keep in touch and let us know how it goes!! good luck! Jenny Smile

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Second third and fourth

Welcome to the forum. Glad to see you are researching things out some. I have seen people after a car wreck or other accidents panic and think there must be alot wrong because of the pain. It is very important to go to pt as soon as possible after an accident to keep you mobile. It is also very important to get plenty of opinions. When you are in a hightened state of awareness after an accident you feel aches and pains that before where just everyday aches but because of the accident you panic about them. Alot of dr capitolize on this and they know it is easy money for them and they start there easy pickings so beware alot of dr are in the buisnes to make money and not for your best interest. Pleaase read read and research and you might find you need alot of time for things to calm down and that is it. I hope this helps and you take warning and don't fall for the accident mind trap that allot of people have and has cause them real problems down the road when all it would of taken is time. There is allot of good info on this threwout the web. Good luck and keep us posted.

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***Update***

First off, thanks to everyone for replying. It looks like I'm taking the right strategy seeking out multiple opinions.

I had two appts. today, one with the chiro, and one with my regular MD. The chiro thinks that my burning sensation might be caused by some of the ART (PT) that he has been using on me. He laid off the ART today and just did my usual spine adjustment.

Later this afternoon I met with my regular MD and he seemed to agree that my burning sensation is probably due to the ART or some other overuse of my muscle, causing them to inflame and set off my nerves around my spine. He said that the pain that I am having in my back (thoracic) wouldn't cause the burning sensation in my shoulders and down my arms, it would have to be something cervical to do that, which is where a lot of the ART is being done. My MD sent me to the pharmacy for some muscle relaxers and a steroid pack. I plan on starting the muscle relaxers tonight, but probably waiting to start the steroid pack on Sunday, due to the holidays.

I guess I will leave my post in the introduction section for now, until I can figure out what is exactly going wrong with my back.

I will keep you guy's updated as to my progress. Again, thanks for the responses, and a BIG THANKS for listening!

I hope everyone enjoy's their holidays!

John

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Update - 12/29/10

Up until this morning it seems like the muscle relaxers and ibuprofen were working fairly well. The burning sensation in my arms has almost gone away. I still couldn't work out in the gym well, but I was at least doing cardio.

I had my first Chiro appt. in a few days, and immediately after I left the office there, the burning was back, and I feel like we are back to square one again.

My chiro said that these things are normal, for someone who is going to a chiro for the first time, and they should pass.

Have any of you that go to chiro's experienced anything like this? Right now, I'm about to quit going, since I feel like I'm in more pain after leaving the chiro than when I got there.

John

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Quick note

I only have a few moments but wanted to write a quick note. You need to see an orthopedist who specializes in spines or a neurologist who specializes in backs immediately. Whoever told you that the burning down your arm would only be cervical doesnt know much. The T1 nerve goes all the way down your arm and out to your fingers. Take a look at the dermatone map and you will see what I mean. I can tell you this from personal experience. Also beware that doctors tend to shy from thoracic issues since the fix is extremely difficult and not often done.

Please please see a specialist and I personally would stop the chiro until you do so. As you can see from posts on here many well meaning chiros have caused damage when spine issues went undetected.

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Re: Quick Note

Kris-NY wrote:
I only have a few moments but wanted to write a quick note. You need to see an orthopedist who specializes in spines or a neurologist who specializes in backs immediately. Whoever told you that the burning down your arm would only be cervical doesnt know much. The T1 nerve goes all the way down your arm and out to your fingers. Take a look at the dermatone map and you will see what I mean. I can tell you this from personal experience. Also beware that doctors tend to shy from thoracic issues since the fix is extremely difficult and not often done.

Please please see a specialist and I personally would stop the chiro until you do so. As you can see from posts on here many well meaning chiros have caused damage when spine issues went undetected.

Kris,

Thanks so much for the advice/response! I think I am on the same page with you using the chiro for right now, I called them today to let them know I want to put the rest of my treatment on hold for a while. The chiro wants to meet with me tomorrow to discuss, and I told him I would, but my mind is made up that I want to better understand what is going on with my spine first before I have anymore adjustments done.

I really like my chiro (never been to one before this accident) and I can see the good that they do. I just hope he doesn't get to offended when I don't agree with having the treatment done right now.

Also, I have an appt. with a neurologist that specializes in back issues on Friday morning. I live in South MS, so it may be hard to get really good care down here, but I'll start with this guy, and hopefully at least get an MRI.

Again thanks to everyone for listening, and I'll keep you guys posted!

John

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Hi John

Sorry for the pain that you are experiencing. I think that you are absolutely doing the right thing by going to get another opinion by seeing a neurologist. I personally have never been to a chiropractor for my back issues, but did try once many many years ago for a neck issue, and never went back. I think it is better to know what is going on with your back and neck to find the best treatment.
Best of luck with your appointment, and please keep us updated on how you make out.
Karen

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John

Hi John

How did your meeting with the Chiropractor go? Also what happened with the neurologist?

I was told that I might have come across too strong on my post. That was not my intention. I just identified with your story and only had a few minutes to write before going away for the holiday.

I'm very glad to hear that you are taking steps to get to the bottom of your pain. Hopefully the muscle relaxers will do the trick but I think it is wise to err on the side of caution.

Wasn't sure if you are seeing the neuro yesterday or next Friday, but can't wait to hear what happens.

Regards

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