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Still hurting

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  • Posted By: jennifer32
  • March 30, 2008
  • 08:40 PM

Three years ago, I was hit head-on. Both vehicles were traveling at 45+ mph. She ran a light, I saw her coming and braced for it. Both of my hands were on the steering wheel, my arms were fully extended and locked in an attempt to avoid the other car. My airbags deployed and my car was totaled. I was able to walk away from the accident. Thank God. But, I wasn't uninjured. Immediately I began having sharp pains in my neck. My doctor thought it would stop in a few weeks. After countless appointments, pt sessions, pain management sessions, experimental procedures, accupuncture and being told to deal with it, I finally found a Dr. who ordered a full MRI and an EMG, nerve test. These had been done previously. The difference being this doctor knew what he was looking for. I recently had my C-5 & 6 fused. Prior to the surgery, I was told that I appeared to have damaged my Ulnar nerve. I have had many issues with my hands and fingers in the last 3 years, but thought it was a result of what was wrong with my neck. My hands go numb, my finger joints ache and have sharp pains in them. I cannot open jars and I have a difficult time writing or using fine motor skills. I am only 32 and I am a teacher. I can't continue to live like this. This problem with my hands is making it nearly impossible to do my job or enjoy my hobbies.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I am desperate to reclaim my life.


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  • hmmmmm im replying to u but its not really going to help. I also had an accident braking C4 in my neck, this was back in 1977, In neck brace for 4mths but brake was never stabilized so it healed in the position it was broke...........this has give me serious problems years later, starting in 1997, after MRI scan it showed C4 pressing on spinal chord, with bad tissue damage............Severe Nerve Pain ! They would not opperate as too many risks involved ! In 2007 lost use of hand, traveling up forearm, lasted 20wks, feeling & use has returned but limited, never regained full feeling or strength......Severe Nerve Pain continues to this day.......also very difficult to treat nerve pain ! Xrays now show C4 & C5 deteriorating, also lesion at C5 as well as ostiophephs (spelling?) Another MRI done but still waiting results.......basically im hoping they will take the risk & help me now ! People dont realize this type of injury can lead to serious problems later in life. So keep at them & do whatever u can to prevent this happening to u.......mind u i dont really know what that is ! I hope u wont experience the same things & recover fully ! Actually where in the world are U ? ........why i ask there is a drug here in the UK, (ive just found out its not passed for use in USA)......its called Glucosamine Sulfate its actually a natural treatment, it helps to heal & strengthen bones & joints.......I have found it to be very helpful, google it & take a look for urself ! Also take Cod Liver Oil capsuals also helps joints ! Good luck, I wish u well !:)
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