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Car Accident Friday the 13th

conireedercconireeder Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:30 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone,

Sorry to have to meet you all for such a painful reason, but happy to find this forum. I became a member of this club on Friday the 13th, December 2008. Rear-ended. A car going at least 80 hit me. I was going about 50. Both cars totaled. I had my seat-belt on, and was taken to the hospital by Emergency.

The MRI shows C2,3,4 bulging, cord encroachment, encroachment on the anterior subarachnoid, and C5/6 herniation, and C6/7 bulging, more encroachment, more pain...

I know after lurking this forum that I am much better off than some, but still, it hurts, a lot. I had a steriod epidural a week ago, but really, I don't notice a big difference. I've been going to the Chiropractor 3X a week since the accident, along with P/T.

Luckily, I have under-insured coverage on my car insurance because I lost my health insurance last Sep. We both have State Farm, and even after 30 years with State Farm, I was NOT feeling the "love." So, I now have a lawyer. It's a shame, but I started to feel like I may not get the money I need to deal with this without one. Sucks.

Also, I'm grateful that the Orthopedic Dr. doesn't think my age (55) caused this damage. I've not had any big problems with my neck/back till now.

So, that's me. I'll be lurking the surgery, shots, insurance bills, pain management et al forums.

Thanks for reading.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349

    For a Spine-Health Site introduction, Click on :

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    If you have any questions, feel free to contact (PM) any one of the Moderators here Priestess , Bruce , Paulgla, DiLauro

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    Check the various tabs at the top of the Spine-Health page and you will find so much that is offered here.

    Please remember that all information you receive from members on this forum is NOT
    formal medical advise. You should always consult with your doctors.

    To get back to the Forums, you can always click on Forum Home

    Please feel free to contact me at rdilauro@gmail.com or send me a message
    Sorry about the way you 'discovered' us here.
    As you start to read more posts here, you will probably get the same message as I am about to say.

    Once you have known disc problems, going to chiropractors is not the best thing to do. The 'manipulations' performed by chiropractors can create additional or increased problems.

    This is a general rule because chiropractors are not always 'schooled' in the spine, nerves and discs. This is NOT to say there are some chiropractors who are trained in this area. But when it comes to the spine, I would want to see only doctors who specialize in this area.

    Based on your MRI image and report, what has been the recommendation and action plan that your doctor has given?
    Are you currently on medications? If so, what type?
    The more information you can provide us, the better responses you will get.

    Welcome again and we look forward to seeing you posting here.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks Ron. I read your story. You've had a lot of back issues. Much sympathy.

    I haven't been back to the Chiro since the shot. I'm not wild about Chiros anyway, but that's where I ended up.

    I do want to investigate Acupuncture, which I've used over the years for various ailments. Do you have any experience with that?

    I was given hydrocodone, cyclobenzaprin, & Orphenadrin--none of which I took, or the Ibuprofen 800 mg. Stomach issues. The only thing that helps is my stash of Fiorinal,which is sold over the counter in Europe. I saved it for emergencies, for which this qualifies. Other countries are more civilized than the US about drug issues IMO. Little did I know how much I would need it.

    But the Fiorinal is running out. I use it on days that I work (Adjunct Faculty). So if you have any suggestions...

    Much appreciated,

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349
    with acupuncture. All the sessions that I have had have been beneficial. The only real negative is that the 'good' feeling did not last long enough.
    I view acupuncture as part of the non traditional medical treatments, not quite holistic but not the main stream either.
    I do believe you can gain so many more benefits from it when you go in believing and knowing that it will help. You almost have to have your mind ready to take the treatment and then reap the benefits.
    Many other traditional medical procedures are black and white.
    You get an injection, you feel better or not. You have physical therapy, it hurts or it doesnt.
    Something like acupuncture is different.
    I had one session about 15 months ago. It was about 90 minutes long, covering my legs, lumbar and thoracic areas.
    All of this was done with electrical stimulus also.
    I walked out of the office almost floating in space. I had no problems, hardly any pain or discomfort.
    The door hit me hard.. I stopped at a store to pick up something for dinner and I was dealing with this large overgrown man who just wanted to give everyone a hard time.
    He didnt like this, he didnt want that,.... All this time at the register giving the cashier nothing but grief.
    Here I was so calm after my treatment and then having to be around this maniac. He was yelling and screaming at this poor girl, finally the guards had to come to escort this man away.
    Whamo..... all the good feelings I had from the acupuncture
    treatment were now OUT the WINDOW.
    So, the morale of this story, is that after you have a treatment, go as quickly as you can and as peacefully as you can to an environment where you can just sit back and relax. Doing that, I am sure you would have more benefits
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I was specifically told by a massage therapist. When you are done, go home, go directly home, do not pass go, etc,
    She even said it was best to not even talk to anyone, just go experience yourself. Anyone or anything can jar your reality and kill your buzz...

    Unfortunatly this eliminates most all activities making any real and last effects non existant for me :( ah, well.
    Such is life...

    Connie, welcome! Be careful taking european meds if you get into a war with insurance companies and have to undergo PMs and or random drug screening.
  • Wow Wrambler. Much sympathy to you, as well. Ha! I never thought about a drug test. More fun to come.

    I had a knee surgery (ACL repair in 1984 from snow skiing accident) and that's when I discovered the merits of acupuncture and depending on the talents of the giver, acupressure. I thought the effects lasted much longer than chiropractor. The difference between then and now is that my knee healed--my neck, I'm not so sure...

    My problem at the moment is finding a good acupuncturist, since I don't live in a big city.


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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. thanks for finally stopping by! =D> i am so sorry about your accident. good luck as you seek pain relief! :D Jenny :)
  • Thanks Jenny. I appreciate it.
  • Welcome to Spine Health!! I am very sorry to hear about your accident. I wish you all the best with your recovery. I know how painful things can be as I too am a neckie. I am exploring acupuncture too, and I hope that my insurance will pay for it.

    You should also check out SH chat. There are lots of nice people to get information, share experiences, get & give support, and share some great laughs. Laughter is a great medicine as it distracts us from our pain!

    All the best to you,


  • Thanks jean. Yes, laughter is sometimes the ONLY medicine.

  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    Hi connie

    It was great meeting you in chat today.
    It was a bad accident tou had, Good luck for a good recovery.
    Hope to chat to you again soon

    Liz tc

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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