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Chronic neck pain after whiplash

Started by scarmic5 on 04/14/2011 9:13pm

Hey guys, I'm 21 years old and a year and a half ago I got whiplash while playing contact football. I took a hit to the face and my head whipped back. I've had an MRI, MRI with contrast, X-ray, cat scan...none were conclusive. I've tried rehab, PT, chiropractics, and cortisone injections and nothing has worked.

Now, the original pain is down to about 50 percent, but it has been at that level for months now. It hurts when I look up, move my head back, or tilt my head to either side. The majority of my pain is on the left side, but there is still pain on the other side. It hurts to the touch, too. I feel knots, and hear clicking sounds when I move my head in any direction.

I was just wondering if someone had a different diagnosis of my problem / a way to treat it that I haven't thought of yet. Thanks!

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I am 58; at 27 had lateral (side to side) whiplash; when I was 48, migraines and neck pain began from TMJ, but later it was found that I had cervical (high at C 2,3) damage, and the trigeminal nerve is bad. My head hit the left side of my car window, quite a few times, for I was knocked out. My car was totalled, being hit on the front (she ran a stop sign FLYING, on my street), and also the back of a Regal, so there was not much but soreness. They did not have MRI's then either. I have spondyliosis.......down my arms from gripping the steering wheel, and no seat belt on, I awoke with my hands still there.....neighbor told me "your angel was holding you".......anyway, I have to have RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION TO THE TRIGEMINAL NERVE.........and also C 2,3 to 4,5 which were damaged. I also, biologically, have TORTUOSITY AT THE BASILAR JUNCTION OF THE BRAIN STEM; THE MRI'S SHOW THIS........long story short, you need to see a pain specialist in your area, or ask insurance to go to Mayo Clinic, where my dr. sent me............a PAIN dr. is who you need. Don't get hooked on pills. A muscle relaxer at bedtime and mile NSAIDS are good, until you get help. Stand straight and tall, and I also wear a soft cervical collar, and it helps. My email is brownjn10@att.net if I can help more.......ntb

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I am 32 and 3 years ago I feel off a mechanical bull causing severe injury to my neck. I have been through everything you have, with no relief. The only thing I have gotten relief with is a wonderful physical therapist. I do still take meds but not narcotics. I am on a very low does and take something to help me sleep. I also invested in a tempurpedic bed and a wonderful neck pillow. I do a series of stretches, that I got from my PT, everyday. I also exercise, whether it's wlaking or something more. I have been told that suregry won't help my whiplash like injury. I stay onto of all the things my PT recommended. Good luck!

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I am a Mayo Clinic patient and the Pain Clinic there has been giving me RF ablation/lesioning at my lateral whiplash spots for about 5 yrs. For more info......brownjn10@att.net
ntb

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I am having surgery Sept 21 for C-2 related pain for 30+ years after a diving accident where I struck the right side of the pool on when I slammed into it with my right forehead. I have been diagnosed with occipital neuralgia (leading cause of migraines) and am having peripheral nerve surgery by Ivica Ducic, MD and PhD, a plastic surgeon/peripheral nerve surgeon in this still investigational field. Read his article "Indications and Outcomes for Surgical Treatment of Patients with chronic migraine headaches caused by occipital neuralgia" which I obtained full text of with aid of med. librarian. You can get an abstract through searching thru Pubmed.org. Statistically he is achieving greater than 80% success meaning greater than 50% pain reduction and 43% complete reduction in pain. The offending nerve is either decompressed (Neurolysis) or lysed (cut). Some who have the decompression and achieve some pain reduction go back to the lysis to achieve greater or complete reduction of pain. Procedure is 1 hour outpatient requiring gen. anesthesia and is done on many peripheral nerves in the body including trigeminal neuralgia and periheral neuropathy. Good ludk and wish me well from my surgery in 4 days!

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Thanks everyone. I've kind of accepted my condition as chronic, and since nobody can pinpoint why exactly my neck still hurts, I'll continue with the PT route. If anyone has more suggestions, you're still welcome to post here!

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Dear scarmic5.

Did your whiplash injury heal, and what were the precautions that you took to let it heal ? Did you stop doing sports ?

I suffered a whiplash injury 2 months ago, and my back neck muscles are still stiff. Is it normal ?

since you experienced the same thing thank you very much for your help in advance

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I had lateal whiplash in a car accident and lots of bone spurs developed.......you are so young, but my suggestion would be to ask your insurance if you can visit out of state to Mayo Pain Clinic, or Vanderbilt Hospital Pain Clinic. This is what my internal dr. did for me in 2004; After 3 yrs. of pain, and some was even TMJ, I realized I had "positional pain" which sounds to me like what you have. I am surprised the injections are not helping. Have you tried wearing a cervical collar, just the worse part of your day? You can't wear it all day, for you need the strength of your muscles. Do your muscles in your neck swell. Have you tried pain creams: CVS has hot cold spray, or Tiger Balm is good. Have you tried sleeping on an ice pack? This helps. Just don't get frostbitten. I bought a neat posture pullover that helps my neck: www.intelliskin.com - worth every penny. Also, lying on a memory foam pillow, or even a wedge pillow helps me, with elevated head. AT THE MAYO AND AT VANDERBILT, I HAVE GOTTEN RF ABLATIONS which is burning of the neck nerves. YES they grow back within a year, but when you have damage, and it won't go away w/ shots, which are probably not being placed into the right place, you have to ask for more drastic measures. my email i brownjn10@att.net if you need more help. Blessings to you, ntb

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Scarmic5,

I realize this is an old thread at this point, but I have the exact same issue as you, except the clicking sounds didn't start for me until after I saw a chiropractor a few times. I was injured with whiplash, but them continued to play high impact sports a few days after. Then I realized it was going to be a legitimate problem. That was over 2 years ago, and still pain/stiffness at about 50% of what it was, same as you. I think the chiropractor twisting the neck past its normal range stretched out the ligaments, and too loose ligaments allows the neck to click. I would say that the clicking is more annoying than the pain/stiffness at this point.

Anyway,I have tried PT, muscle relaxors, and various herbal remedies with little results. Planning to try creatine as a treatment beginning this week.

Have you found a solution yet?

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