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On this page you can read the cases of a
number of friends from the WHIPLASH
HURTS discussion forum. You can read first hand experiences of
treatments, injuries, surgeries, insurance claims, therapies, prescribed drugs
and anything else they wish to share.
A couple of quick notes: although this page,
and indeed the entire site, is (I hope) useful in helping to educate us
about our injuries it is merely an addition to receiving proper competent
medical and legal advice and not a substitute.
Also, do not be worried by what you read
below. Only a minority of people who suffer a whiplash injury will have
injuries that last several months or years like some detailed below. If
you have only recently been injured, chances are you will recover relatively quickly.
If you are unfamiliar with anything discussed
below it is likely to be found on one of the other pages of the site.
If you would like to share your experiences
please E-mail me: email@example.com
Whiplash effects numerous people around the
world, here are the names of just a few of them...
Hi, my names Ceri and I'm from Wales. My
accident was in September 1999: a car heading in the opposite direction to me
turned straight across my path, I had no time to avoid it and struck it at about
50mph. The impact caused me to hit my head on the drivers window knocking
me out for a few seconds, but other than a sore head I felt okay straight after
- even as far as discussing with the other driver that although my car was a
wreck "at least no-one was hurt". Hmm. It was the next day
that the neck pain started and has remained until now (March 2002). Since
then I have seen about 8 doctors who have ranged from the good to the frankly
appalling ("whiplash only last 6 weeks unless you have an insurance claim
to pursue"). I tried acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic
treatment, TENS, physio' - all with little to no help. I have tried
analgesic painkillers (good for relieving the initial acute pain), Ibuprofen, Amitriptyline
(Elavil - if you are on this I found that taking the last daily dose 12 hours
before you want to get up is the best time). In November 2001 I had a
neurotomy procedure done (read about that on my other site www.facetinjury.8m.net)
and although not eliminating all the pain made a huge improvement to my
The best advice I can give to people is to
educate themselves about their problems and discuss this with the RIGHT doctor -
do not assume that just because they are a doctor they have up-to-date knowledge
of whiplash research and treatment. Also do not assume that the
"Independent" Medical Examiners that insurers require you to see are truly
independent - remember who is paying them. I went to see one and received
the greatest work of fiction since Shakespeare laid down his quill.
On a sunny
beautiful day July 14th, 2000 I was returning from the mall and from picking up
my new suburban floor mats from the dealer. It was also my moms birthday so I
was very happy, we were planning on going out to dinner to celebrate.
On my way home I was fully stopped at a red light, all of a sudden a taxi
cab mistook his brakes from his gas peddle (this is what the passenger of the
cab told me) and hit me smack in the rear of my new suburban. I was
stunned and couldn't do anything but call my hubby on the cell phone. I then
looked back and saw the taxi cab's front all smashed in - his engine was part of
the front seats. The driver was hurt bad. I was lucky because I was driving a
truck! I got hit so hard I couldn't stop my car from rear ending the car in
front of me.
I was complaining of my head and neck hurting at once. I went to the hospital and
the x-rays came out normal, so I thought I was fine........WRONG!!! The next day
I couldn't move my neck or arm, the pain was getting worse.
My medical treatments were Chiropractor....ewwwww, he didn't do a thing for me.
I had an MRI done and it showed herniated discs and bulging discs. So
I went to an Orthopedic, who ordered P.T., that didn't do anything. Oh yeah, I was
giving plenty of pain killers, that did help but did a number on my stomach. My
last hope was seeing a pain management Doctor........that was smart!!! He first
did tests like epidermal steroid injections.....no relief so I flunk that test!
Finally I turned to my message board (Whiplash hurts) and got the best advice
from friends and from the doctor on the board about facet blocking. Its a test
where they numb the facet nerves in your neck.....I passed that test!!! I had
several days of relief so I was a candidate to get the nerves now burnt off,
that procedure they told me (but it has other names) is called Cervical
Radiofrequency Nerve Lesioning (neurotomy/rhizotomy). I can say now I am
totally pain free......till the nerves grow back then I need to repeat the
procedure. It took me about 8 months to get relief, others here will tell you
that they are still suffering one or more years since their accident. I feel I
was very lucky.
I could go on and on and talk about the suffering of me and my family, the
missed birthdays, school events and the smiling faces on my children on
Christmas morning that I couldn't see thru my pain. These are things a chronic
pain sufferer knows but there is hope. I hope anyone that is reading this that
is suffering from neck or back pains will see the light at the end of the tunnel
and not give up hope. KNOWLEDGE IS THE BEST MEDICINE AVAILABLE TO YOU RIGHT NOW.
Hello, my name is Judi and I am from
Maryland in the United States. My accident occurred on January 1996 where
I was stopped behind a car with 2 cars behind me waiting for a car to make a
left hand turn. A Maryland State Trooper (police officer) rear-ended us.
It seemed he came through a traffic light and didn't see us stopped till
it was too late. At the time, I didn't think I was hurt only minor damage
to the car and I needed to get back to my new job.
About 6 months later, after having bad headaches which I have migraines so its
hard to compare any headache to and neck pain I went to the doctor. He
ordered an x-ray and found I had degenerative disc disease and put me on
Florinal. This went on with checkups but I never put the two together
since I also have migraines so its hard to compare anything to that headache.
Then on September 1997, I experienced the worst pain in my neck that quickly
spread to my shoulders, arms and upper back. I had MRI's which showed
nothing he said, I saw an orthopedic who prescribed p/t and anti-inflammatory
meds and muscle relaxants, took p/t for almost a year. I saw many doctors
such as neurologist, neurosurgeon, pain mgmt specialist, orthopedic doc, physiatrist, and finally an Orthopedic Surgeon. I have tried acupuncture,
trigger point injections, p/t on and off for almost 2 yrs, massages, aerobic
exercises, aqua therapy, traction, tens unit, cervical epidural, heat and
stretching. Some of the meds I have taken for this are Amitriptylene (Elevil)
which is great for sleeping, Florinal, Flexeril, Norflex, Hydrocodone, Darvocet,
valium. I returned to work on and off during this time fearing I might
lose my job I worked more than I stayed home. Some of the tests I have
taken are 3 MRI's ( 2 of the neck, 1 brain), x-ray of the neck & flex
extension x-ray, discogram. The discogram finally showed the discs
were the problem and I am now recovering from surgery.
If I could share one thing with someone going through this now is don't give up
until you find a doctor you trust and recognizes this pain is real. Also,
if you are in an accident go to the ER just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately,
I didn't so by the time a doctor related this to that the statue of limitations had run out. So I had no lawsuit to help me recover
any of my expenses fighting this long battle of pain.
name is Vernon, and I am from Gulfport, Mississippi, USA. I was sitting in a
turn lane of an intersection of a road (Community Rd) and a highway (HWY 49). I
was trying to go north on the highway in the right turn lane. I was waiting on
traffic, and noticed that the traffic lights for the north and south bound
traffic was turning red. I started to go, then I decided not to go. Then,
without any warning, I was hit in the rear end by someone in a car. The impact
pushed me foward a little ways. I got out of my truck to see what damage was
done and to see if the person who hit me was ok. I was informed then that I had
a cut to my face, and also realized that I did not have my glasses on anymore. I
was assumed that the cut came from when my glasses came off of my head from the
impact of the hit and came back on my face and cut me. The person who hit me
stated to me and the cop that was there that "she did not see me stopped
until it was to late, and hit me." I received three stitches in the cut at
the hospital, and went home. No less than 3 days later, I was back at the
hospital for major pain to my neck, right shoulder, and right arm. I was diagnosed
was given meds (6 of them), and has sent home with 3 RX's. You do not want
to know how much they cost. Anyway, I was informed by my insurance company to
get the services of a attorney that dealt in this kind of case, which I did.
He sent me to a Chiropractor's to be treated. And so far, everything is ok,
except for when I go to his office, I am relieved of my pain for about 12 hours
later and that is about it. Sometimes, I can not even use my arm as much as I
want to because of the pain and me being scared that I may do more damage by
using it. Things are looking up for now. I wish I could have found this
web page sooner, then I would have been able to ask the questions sooner.
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