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Comment from: seeing, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 23

I never thought whiplash would show up way after a wreck. We were hit from behind on a motor cycle knocked forward about 15 feet. The motor landed on my right leg. I was sore but X-rays a couple of weeks or so later showed bone spurs. Doctor asked if I was in pain. I said not at that time and he just shook his head. I noticed my neck being sore some after that but thought maybe I slept wrong. In time it got worse and in about a year I was having to ice my neck if I did any work over my head or pulled with my shoulder muscles. Today, I'm still having problems with my neck.

Comment from: twinkie22, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

My whiplash was due to a car accident. I went to the hospital by ambulance. They did a CT scan prescribed me Motrin, Tylenol with codeine and followed up with my doctor a few days later. I am still being treated, the accident happened one week ago. I need to follow up with my doctor once a week. I have never experienced this before, and it is painful. I drive a school bus for a living, and don't know when I'll be able to go back to work. It is not something to kid around with.

Comment from: Ouch, 35-44 Female Published: February 07

I was literally smacked in the back of the head by a wave while bush camping in Tasmania. It hurt but I didn't think much about it until the pain grew and continued until I couldn't think of much else. Three weeks later I was diagnosed with whiplash after a cat scan ruled out skeletal damage. I have just been advised to go about things normally. Let me tell, I wish I could. Previously my only experience with whiplash was seeing people in and out of court wearing braces. I was dubious but now... not so much.

Published: January 21

I was turning a corner and my left front tire blew out. I overcompensated, my SUV rolled and landed on the passenger side in a ditch. I immediately felt neck pain. After the jaws of life extracted me from the vehicle I was placed in a cervical collar and placed on a stretcher and taken to the ER. After a quick assessment that included history, palpation and neck movements I was given ibuprofen. I was then taken to have a cervical X-ray. I was then sent home. Follow up with my primary physician two days later resulted in acetaminophen with codeine and Flexeril prescriptions. I have also seen a chiropractor. Two months later I still have neck pain, muscle spasms, and a shooting pain that radiates along my spine to between my scapulae.

Comment from: gc79, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

Whiplash was caused when I fell backwards hitting the back of head against corner of brick ledge.

Comment from: joanne77, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I have severe whiplash and inflamed muscles in shoulder back and neck. I was in a motor vehicle accident. Impact was on my side of the vehicle. I was the driver. Pains were in my neck shoulder, and down my arm. When I went to ER, I had a neck brace on and I was strapped to a board. They removed all the pieces without x-rays, and put me on painkillers. Two days later, pains were so bad and the medicine wasn't working. The pain was going further on my body back shoulder and arms. I went back to ER where they did X-rays and MRI as well. Now, I'm on Tylenol III and I'm still in so much pain.

Comment from: HRPotter, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

My whiplash was caused by an accidental fall at home.I am taking oral Methocarbamol.

Comment from: Erika, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I was diagnosed with whiplash after popping my neck. After popping my neck, I immediately was "attacked" by a migraine and horrible pain in my neck. Following the migraine came the nausea and vomiting. The next day I had short bouts of tinnitus and tingling in my face with the continuation of the neck pain and now bruising. I was diagnosed the second with whiplash and was prescribed a soft c-collar to assist with my neck stiffness and muscle relaxer and pain medication.

Comment from: Theresa H, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

My horse spun around rapidly and I flew off onto the ground. Suffered fractured ribs, clavicle, fingers but no one even thought of possible whiplash. I complained on 2 separate occasions about my shoulder pain; given Lidoderm patches and that was that. Today I finally went to a chiropractor and he explained with clarity the whiplash I had to have suffered. Now I know why the excruciating pain. Right now the only treatment has been electrical stimulation and cold compresses on the neck. Have to schedule an MRI and go from there.

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