Welcome to my neck pain story.

This is my online journal of the struggle to overcome neck pain which developed into a herniated disc between C5-C6 and ultimately neck surgery.  I have no medical qualifications or expertise.  My intent is to personally track my own journey and in so doing, to share it with others who are at some point in their own neck pain journey.  Perhaps you will learn from my experience, or will be able to add a comment that will in turn help others.

If you are reading this, then you probably already have or know someone close to you who has neck or back pain.  I wish you well.  For me, this has definitely turned into a marathon and not a sprint, which I originally was hoping for.  Good Luck to you.







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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Did it start with a small fender bender 10+ years ago?
Neck Whiplash.  I was taken to the hospital.  The car was going slow enough that my symptoms were a sore spot on my head from the steering wheel (no airbag in the car), but my neck was very sore from whiplash and in the following days continued to become more painful and stiff.  I went to my family doctor who scheduled me for physical therapy.  I recall the best part of it was the electrical machine which was a tens/muscle stimulator.  It gave immediate relief which came back gradually over the following few days until the next physical therapy session.  This machine with a combination of exercises, some using the rubber bands, over about 4 weeks worked out the pain and I felt back to normal.  Good as new, I thought; or was I?   

Details of the accident.  It is hard to say, but I do know that back in the summer of 1998, I was in a minor accident with a construction truck.  The truck was ahead of me to my left and needed to turn right across my lane to enter the construction site.  So, the driver turned right, but did not allow for the fact that I would come inbetween the truck and the construction site.  I did press on my brakes and swerve to the right, but there was no sidewalk, lane or even a gutter for me to swerve into.  I hit the temporary chain link fence to my right and the truck's right wheel on my left, or should I say he hit me!  The construction company insurance claimed that the driver had his flashlight on indicating he was turning right.  So what if he did, which I do not recall seeing, he did not have the right of way!  Then the insurance company claimed that I was not driving in the right lane, and on and on it went, throwing every slurr they could to try to weasle out of the accident, until we settled for a small amount, 25% of which went to our lawyer.  The only saving grace was that I was driving an old car, so the loss was not significant from that perspective.

Once I was better, it was about 8 years before I felt neck pain again.
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