week after minor accident, dizzy spells/neck isuues.

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AngMichelle
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   Posted 8/18/2007 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
about a week ago, I swerved to miss hitting a dear and ended up in the ditch. I had neck pain, and some knee issuse. All x-rays were fine. After a few days of soreness I thought all was well. The last few days I've been having these strange dizzy spells. Its like a surge of electricity, I actually have a rining in my ears and extreme dizziness, but this only last about 3 seconds, but happens about every 5 minutes.
today, I had one of the spells, but this time I heard/felt a popping sensation in my neck. I actually reached up b/c it felt like I was bleeding from my neck. Of course, no blood, but now my neck is really sore, like a bruised feeling, my head hurts, and my left arm is tingly.
what do you think?? The nurse I spoke to said to go get x-rays, but since they were normal before I doubt they'd show anything now. I know nothing is broken, but something is up.
Does this sound like anything familar to you guys??
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razzle51
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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
you still need to get an xray . Especially if you feel something is there and you are in pain
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AngMichelle
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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
well after I passed out saturday, they ruled out anything serious, and siad its bad whiplash, and a possible conconsion.
I am going to PCP tomorrow to schedule a MRI and i'll probably ask for PT. I am in a neck brace right now, it actually helps.
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baseballmomof3
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   Posted 8/21/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Ang:  Just wanted to say hi and hope you are feeling better.  An MRI sounds like a good, reasonable request to me.  Passing out isn't normal - even for whiplash - now, maybe the concussion - but, if you are passing out from the concussion, you truly need to have a CT or MRI to make sure there isn't more going on.  Even a concussion shouldn't cause you to pass out.

Just my unsolicited thoughts - I just wanted to tell you I was thinking about you and hope you are feeling a little better.  Please post and let me know what you find out.

Also, not to sound completely stupid, but under DX you have PCOS - what is that?  Just curious.


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AngMichelle
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   Posted 8/21/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
PCOS is poly cystic ovarian syndrome
I had a CT done at the ER and it was normal.
I have an appt. with my PCP in about an hr. I'm going to ask him what he thinks about an MRI, and also get him to prescribe PT, and a muscle relaxer.
How are your h/a's baseballmomof3??
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rehabnurse
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   Posted 8/21/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there.

I am sorry you had an accident. i had a similar accident in 2000 and i still have damage from it.

The problem with Xrays is, they don't show soft tissue damage. They do them at first to make sure there is no bone fractures that could cause spinal cord injury. The problem with xrays taken right after injury is, they don't always show damage!!! I can't tell you how many times an xray cleared a patient with a fall saying they didn't have a fracture. But then the patient kept complaining of pain, and I went ahead and had to order xrays after the doc said no. Stupid doctors don't want to order it on a poor patient, of course. cause then they'd get no money. god forbid they don't make a buck off writing an order for a xray!!! eyes Well, i got another xray, and GUESS what!? The person had a fracture. Even though I had to endure the doc's attitude, I had to stand up for my patient, who was suffering. I have done this more times than I can count in my career.

Even a CT doesn't always show all the problems right away. If you do a MRI or CT a few days post accident, they may find significant differences since the tissues have had time to swell. Unless it was a SEVERE problem (like hemorrhage), it often takes time for the body's systems to produce a noticeable deviation from normal. I hope I am explaining this right.

Anyway, I hope the doc listens and gets you the correct tests you need, and correct pain control. Take it very easy and try not to overexert yourself for a while. Be especially careful in monitoring yourself for deviations from normal, and write these things down. I know I have difficulty remembering odd things happening to myself, so I write things down. That way I can show the doc's that this stuff is real enough for me to be concerned about.

Take care and tell us what happens. Take care of yourself and rest!!! :-)

baseballmomof3
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   Posted 8/21/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Ang:  Sorry to be so dumb - thanks for clarifying the PCOS!  I can't wait to hear what your PCP says - I think PT might be a good idea.  Also, RehabNurse has a good point - xrays don't show a lot other than bone and even the CT doesn't show great soft tissue info.  I hope that the PCP will order the MRI.  Let me know.  Headaches are about the same - I worked last night and took only the Relpax before going to bed (no Dilaudid or steroid).  Today, I have had a moderate headache most of the day and have felt exhausted but so far, no full-blown migraine with vomiting.  So, I guess I can live with that. 

RehabNurse, I am glad to see you on here - I have been worried about you.  How are you feeling?  Let me know.

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AngMichelle
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   Posted 8/21/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys, we didn't order an MRI (my choice), because it seems to be mostly muscular. The passing out was due to the Vagus Nerve( i can't remember the term).
the CT was done a week and one day after the accident, so i'm pretty sure its correct. My ROM is getting a tad better, and I'm not wearing the collar, trying not make things so stiff. He switched me to Zanaflex and Toradol (my suggestions). THe skelaxin made me itch really badly. I start PT tuesday. I'm looking forward to ultrasound and the electrode thingys.
Thank you all soo much for you support.
And way to go Rehannurse for ordering those x-rays. I can't tell you how many bad nurses i've had. its good to know there are still a few good ones left.
Best to you all,
Ang
DX-Migraines:PCOS(should have seen this list before!!)
Meds; imitrex inj, stadol ns PRN severe h/a
 ProzAC 40mg, Klonopin 1mg BID , Ambien 10mg
PRN, Pherergan, Actiq 600mcg(fentanyl suckers) for migraine breakthrough pain
 Doing engergy medicine!!!!
 
May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.

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