Hello everyone, first time poster on this forum. I am writing to see if anybody had any similar experiences they could share. I am 33 years old and was in a mild car accident 6 years ago. I was at complete stop and was rear ended at about 25 MPH. No damage to my bumper. I thought I was fine for a day or two, then the pain and stiffness set in my neck. I originally went to emergency room after about a week and, Xrays showed up fine. I went to 2 full cycles of PT (40 visits) and also a full cycle at a chiro. After about a year and a half, the pain and stiffness had reduced by about 75%, but never completely healed. I was told that it should heal in time and to be patient. So I tried to put it behind me for the next 6 years, just dealing with the pain that I do have. But I am sick of dealing with it at this point. It bothers me and affects my life on a daily basis. The remaining pain does not seem to be getting any better, at times I think it is getting worse. I have flareups that are becoming more often.
The symptons I have are manageable but very noticeable on a daily basis, I would rate my pain at about a 3/10 most of the time. Sometimes it flares up and gets worse. When not moving it can feel like it is aching or burning , when I do extend my neck it feels something is strained in a specific spot (about halfway up neck and just to the right of spine). It is stiff all the time. With crackling and popping when moving neck around which is very bothersome. Turning my head basically to the left or right does not bother too much, it is the twisting and extending in different directions that really trigger it.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.