Severe pain 2 years after car accident

by lea
(austin tx)

Severe pain 2 years after car accident

It's been a year and a half since my accident; at the time of my accident I lost complete use of my left arm had moments of feeling like I was being paralyzed from the neck down, headaches that felt like my blood rushed to my head upon standing going numb lethargic and developing cold spots all over my body.

I was diagnosed with thoracic neck strain but was told that wasn't really what it was and had a chiropractor who was doing stretches tell me he felt I had traumatic brain injury; now I have limited use of my left arm still have numb spots on my body

I get tingling sensations feeling all over face to feet I can't stand for too long I can't sit for to long I get completely exhausted when I have doctors' appointments

I have limited range of motion in my shoulder and can feel more on my right side than on my left

my toes go numb after siting for just a few minutes and I have trouble walking my left leg hurts feels constricted behind knee

i have been unable to control my body tempurature when hot outside I'm actually cold that is resolving I think I sleep a lot or not at all because I'm in so much pain but once asleep I can't wake up

sometimes when I've tried to pick something up ( spatula) a jolt shoots up my arm . I've gone almost two weeks without going to bathroom (defecation) several times I've woke up having accidents as well .

my vision is different and at times I can not speak right; I'm embarrased to talk sometimes because of it I can't think or concentrate on anything. I can't read, I can't do much at all I'm frustrated depressed and angry with how I've been treated; when I go to the doctors I know something is wrong with me .

MRI came back normal with only mild reversal lordosis brain was perfect . At my wits in I just want to be the last I was!!!!

Dear Lea,
I wish I could tell you there was a simple answer, a click of your neck and, hey presto, all was fixed.

Whiplash almost invariably leaves its mark on you, and bad accidents kill, maim and severely injure many people. You are one of them.

That reversal of the curve in your neck is very significant. It means that your head and neck were forcibly forced forwards at high acceleration/ deceleration, tearing the interspinous ligament and stretching the spinal cord and brain stem. Obviously there were other injuries too, your shoulder, your lower back, knee... nasty.

American roads are remarkably unsafe with one of the highest death rates in the world according to Whiplash Chiropractic ... I suppose it's cold comfort to say be glad you're alive. Many aren't.

The most frustrating part of whiplash, is that often there are very few tangible signs of the injury; consequently, victims are accused of being hypochondriac. Don't feel alone. Be strong, and this letter of yours is a good sign. You're looking for answers.

You've been to one chiropractor, and umpteen medical doctors by the sound of the things. Now is the time to start a search for someone who is conscientious and thorough. Find a good chiropractor may be your next stop.

Start talking to friends, family, your doctors... you're after the name of someone who can help you. Keep searching. He or she is there, you've just got to find him.

Hopefully you haven't signed off your insurance claim. This all costs money, and you need a good lawyer.

When all seems dark and gloomy, go back to basics. Make sure you eating a healthy diet, full of vegetables, salads, fruit and legumes.

Take a good look at our healthy living tips page. It takes some effort, but is vital. Especially take note of our Anti inflammatory omega 3 page … You absolutely must get on top of that constipation, and that means a lot more fibre in the diet. Start with an apple a day. Beets are the colon's best friend.

Start with some gentle exercise every day. Perhaps a short walk, or swim, and a massage every week would be very beneficial.

Keep trying, keep looking, there's help out there. I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

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Jul 20, 2013
i am thankful to be alive
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your input. Yes I am thankful to be alive and I owe that to a very pristine doctor that can save a life kwithout going in and opening you up or a million dollar machine that might not show the problem . As well as the grace of God.

Send him a card today, thanking him. Everybody needs a bit of encouragement, doctors too.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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