Car Accident October 19, 2012

by Lee Ann
(York, NE)

I'm here because I was in a serious car accident, with my Grandkids, on October 19, 2012. My Grandkids are just fine, thank God! But, I am in so much pain in my shoulder and neck area that I can't hardly take it!

My accident:

On a gravel road, speed upwords of 50 mph, very hard road surface, hit a washboard, fishtailed, ended up hitting a ditch; that was half a tall as my car, drivers side front corner slamed into the ditch, jumped it some how and we landed in a corn field.

I was knocked out because all I remember is seeing the ditch comming right at me, then comming to to the sound of my Grandbabies crying. We did not roll.

I went to the emergancy room twice. Once right after the accident. My shoulder had puffed up serveral times it's normal state. They x-rayed the shoulder area. I told them my neck also hurt but they did not x-ray at that time. Sent me home with mild, non-narcartic pain medication.

Two days later I went back to the ER they x-rayed my neck and shoulder for the second time. They did not see anything wrong. They were going to have a radiologist take a look just in case; I haven't heard a thing.

The ER Dr. put me on a steriod, muscle relaxers, and the same non-narcodic pain medication. This combo worked pretty well, for the most part.

My regular Dr. as on vacation during this ordeal. Should I get an appointment with her on Monday? I'm not sure I take the pain much longer!


Hi there, Michelle here...

I am so sorry to hear of your accident. I am so glad to hear the little ones are ok.

So, first things first, you can use ice to help with the shoulder pain. A bag of frozen peas works very well as its able to mold slightly to your shoulder. Or, take a bag of cubed ice, pop into a Ziploc and smash it with your favorite heavy skillet.

The crushed ice will then mold to your shoulder. Ice takes inflammation down and can help with pain.

However, that will only help a little. Something is still very wrong, and yes please see your doctor on Monday.

I think that shoulder has not yet been diagnosed correctly.

You sound like you might have a fracture. Did they splint your shoulder? I can’t tell from your question where exactly the pain is, so its hard to know if a splint would actually be helpful.

However, your description makes me think fracture.

Use ice. If your pain becomes unbearable again today, then back to the ER. If you go back in, be very very clear and gently forceful.

Say to the doctor, I have been here twice before, the pain is unbearable, it’s a 10 on a scale of 1-10, something is wrong and I need to know what it is. I have been X-rayed but have not heard what the results were.

Be insistent and forceful and determined that you will NOT leave until the doctor has shown you the X-ray and you know for sure that you do not have a fracture. If your pain is manageable through the weekend, then you will have this same conversation with your doctor on Monday.

But do not sit at home in severe pain and try to wait till Monday. If you need to go back to the ER, then please go back.

You hit that ditch very very hard, your body slammed against your seat belt, you were knocked unconscious, which means you have a mild concussion at minimum. But that shoulder is undiagnosed still.

Also, if you go back, or you wait till Monday ask the doctor you see to put you on an anti-inflammatory course.

This means, if your doctor thinks its ok for your body, that you would take an anti-inflammatory every 4 hours, throughout your day. After the first 24 hours, you will start feeling a little less pain, as the anti-inflammatory will help keep some of the pain at bay.

However, this needs to be guided by the doctor.

I have seen for my patients that the bigger doses of anti-inflammatories that people only take every 8 hours, are not as effective as the pain seems to creep back in long long before the 8 hours are up, and the bigger doses are hard on the stomach.

The same benefit can be reached by using smaller doses every 4 hours, if your doctor feels this could help.

There are other injuries to the shoulder besides fracture, so it is highly likely you will want to see an orthopedic specialist. If you go to the ER you can ask them to see one, or if you wait till Monday, ask your doctor for a referral.

You need a diagnosis from a specialist, do not stop until you know exactly what is wrong.

So, lay down, use ice, after you have gotten a crystal clear diagnosis on that shoulder, then you will want to start treatment for your neck. I highly recommend a chiropractor for your treatment.

Chiropractic care can make a huge difference in neck pain and whiplash after a severe car accident, so even if you are unfamiliar with chiropractic care, this would be the next thing for you to do for your health.

Best Regards, M.

PS you can write back in the comments section if you have more questions/or have time to update me I would like to know what happens with that shoulder.

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