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Childhood Whiplash Resurfaces After 30 Years
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PhantomPain posted:
I have done some research on neck pain and injury, and there are a lot of people out there with worse problems than mine. I hope not to belittle any of their trials with my bellyaching, but I come to this forum looking for people who can relate to my experience, and maybe help me understand it. When I tell people about my problems, they tell me "Yeah, I have neck pain too." But I really don't have much pain in my neck, just swelling. The pain happens throughout my body.
I was standing up in a moving car when I was about 5 years old. The car hit a pothole and I smashed my head on the ceiling, then down on the back of the seat. As a teenager I had severe headaches and severe leg cramps at night, but for the most part I have lived free of pain. Then a year agoI fell apart. It started with a small bruise on one ankle that soon made it impossible to walk and ended with my hands swelling as if I had severe arthritis. This became a constant condition, and having no health insurance I decided my best option was to go to the chiropractor. He determined that I had a rib out of place, which caused pressure on the nerves, which led to my breakdown. Why did I have a rib out of place? In that first session, I felt the vertebrae at the base of my skull slip into place like stones rubbing together, and he told me there must be some scar tissue in there, because of the resistance. Then I remembered hearing the story of my neck injury.
I am well aware of the role of attitude when it comes to healing the body, especially with neck injuries. Unfortunately, I pay too much attention to the things going on with my body, and I try to understand them. I am just starting to see that there are many aspects of my life which have been effected by this, so it can get a little overwhelming. But ignoring the role of my neck injury is not going to help me heal it. I would like to think it can be healed, but my body has grown around it, so I do have my doubts.
I didn't understand why an injury I had at five years old would suddenly start making my life hell. It was difficult to wrap my head around this, and my chiropractor has said as little about it to me as I let him get away with, which is to his credit. But I did my own research. Then I found that nerves come out of tiny holes in our vertebrae, and these holes get smaller as we get older, constricting the nerves. In my case, I already have scar tissue right there. These days, my neck is always swollen, and I am aware of it.
The far reach of my neck injury becomes evident when I put ice on my neck, right at the base of my skull. My vision gets better, my sinuses open up, my jaw will relax (I have a dislocated jaw, or at least I thought I did) my stomach will start to growl (I have had a problem all my life with not knowing or caring when I'm hungry), my legs and feet relax (I feel my tendons creaking and see my toes uncurl), if I had a leg twitch it goes away, my mood gets better and I suddenly have energy.
Mostly I decided to write this because I have fear for the future, which is like the very thing I should try to avoid, but I feel like right now I know just enough to be dangerous to my health. Here are some questions that I do have. Will I have a heart attack at 40 because of pressure on my heart? Will I eventually go blind, or lose my hearing, no longer be able to chew food without my jaw cramping up? Is my body slowly eating away the cartilage in my knees, is that why they hurt all the time? Rheumatoid Arthritis at 45 and debilitating headaches the rest of my life? Is mid-30's too young for the holes in the vertebrae to get smaller? I've had lots of calcium. How much smaller are they going to get???? Should I be looking for something else? Assuming the neck injury is simply scar tissue, is there anything useful I could learn from getting an MRI? Should I shut up and just enjoy the good years that I have left? Thanks for your time, I look forward to any responses.
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davedsel57 responded:
Hello and welcome.

I'm sorry to read of your struggles but do understand.

You are asking questions that are beyond us as lay-people, unfortunately. The assigned experts no longer reply to posts in this community.

Your best course of action would be to discuss this with your primary doctor. Then seeing a neurologist would probably be the next step. The specialist can determine what testing to have done to diagnose your conditions and then recommend an effective treatment plan.

I pray you can get answers and relief soon.
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Blessings,

-Dave
 
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bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

we are lay people who suffer from chronic pains and will not be able to answer a lot of your questions. However we can offer suggestions of what you need to do.

first - stop seeing a chiropractor until you can get a full diagnosis of what is going on

second - you need to see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. they will take your history so be sure to let them know everything you have stated here. then they will examine you and may order some tests (MRI, CT Scan etc.,) these should be done with and without contrast dye. this way they can get a good look at your spine (may have to do entire spine). Once that is done they can let you know what the diagnosis is and what treatment options you will have.

third - if part of the treatment option is seeing either a chiropractor and/or physical therapist they will write out the script so the therapist will know what treatments to do and what not to do. part of the treatment option may be to see a pain management specialist where they can do numerous different types based on patients' needs.

remember surgery should be the last resort after all other treatments have been tried and failed. the spine specialist should be able to answer most of your questions but not until they examine you and know what the diagnosis is.

I injured my back when I was younger, not realizing it until later in life. so there can be trauma that may or may not appear as we get older. you can click on my name or picture and read my story.

please keep us posted what you find out~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~


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