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Chronic neck/back pain caused by an old whiplash injury

Started by Orchidlady on 05/09/2017 9:09am

I sustained a whiplash injury as a result of an accident almost 20 years ago. I have tried many different treatments and medication, but nothing worked. The pain has worsened considerably over the years, and am now at a loss as to what to do, apart from upper body exercises. I was taking strong painkillers until recently, but have decided to dramatically reduce them as they just weren't working any more - I had built up a tolerance to them. I was wondering if anybody else has experienced something similar?

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Hello, Orchidlady--thanks for posting your question! We are sorry to hear about all the neck and pain back pain you've endured. Living with pain for years can truly hurt your quality of life.

We're curious: When was the last time your doctor ordered you spinal imaging scans (like x-ray, CT scan, or MRI)? Medications and physical therapy are two of the most commonly prescribed treatments for whiplash, and if they aren't helping manage your pain, perhaps something else is the cause of your pain that might respond better to other therapies. Imaging scans would be key to shedding light on whether this is the case.

In the meantime, though, we'd like to share a link to our Whiplash Condition Center ( Whiplash Center ). On the left side of the page, you'll see links to articles about whiplash, including different types of treatment you may want to consider.

We hope the information is helpful and wish you the very best!

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