Chroinic neck pain
Chroinic neck pain
This is my first post, so apologies if I go on.
I was involved in a road traffic accident in 2009, where the third-party being a HGV lorry driver clipped the left side of my small car, whilst changing lanes, causing me to lose control and be spun 360 degrees. As the accident happend on a motorway at high speed, approx 60-70 mph I ended up hitting the barrier on the hard shoulder, where I finally came to rest.
Due to the impact, my head was whipped around every way imaginable.
Immediately following the accident, I started getting severe neck pain and headaches. To date, these persist. About approx 6 months post-accident, I started experiencing pins and needles in the 4 fingers in my right hand. These are intermittent and cause me discomfort.
I have seen my GP numerous times and he referred to me an Orthopaedic Surgeon, who referred to me for nerve conduction tests, as he believed I may have a trapped nerve in my shoulder. These tests came back clear, as have all x-rays.
I recently undertook an MRI scan and was informed that the results show mild degenerative disc disease, which is a fancy way of saying that my injuries are caused by general wear/tear associated with age. I would accept this, where it not for the fact that I am only 25 years old and was only 23 at the time of the accident. Therefore, I can not see what wear and tear I would have suffered.
The Solicitors I have instructed to deal in this matter have had me examined by a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon as part of the claim and he has advised within his report that the degenerative changes may be caused by a previous RTA I had 3 years prior. However, this was a low speed collision when a taxi reversed in to the side of the vehicle I was a back seat passenger in. I am obviously concerned that the fact that the expert is raising pre-existing issues, when I have never experienced neck pain previously. However, I have no way of proving this!
I continue to experience disabling pain in the right side of my neck/shoulder, which has now started to spread to the left side of my neck and shoulder. The pins and needles are now coupled with my right arm becoming very weak and painful. I have tried physiotherapy, acupuncture and very strong painkillers, but nothing seems to help. The only thing that gives me some relief is if I apply heat packs to the affected area.
I have recently been diagnosed with chronic neck pain and have been referred to a pain management specialist for further treatment/advice.
I am really worried because I am still only young and have already lost 2 years of my life living with this pain. I work in a really competitive job, which requires a lot of sitting doing for hours on end and talking on the phone. I am afraid that I may not be able to do my job for much longer, as I physically struggle as it is. I have worked really hard for this position and do not want 7 years of education/training to go to waste.
Furthermore, I have now started getting really bad tightening in my jaw; my mouth feels as though it clamps down, which causes me a lot of pain. I have researched this myself and believe it may be something called Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) which is associated with road traffic accidents. I am not sure whether this is linked to the neck pain and have not informed my GP yet, as I do not want my medical records affected anymore.
Thank you all for reading this and please help if you can.
Thank you. Shaz