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car accident , chronic back pain & change in personality

My son was in a car accident about 2 months ago, at the time they thought it was only a mild concussion and whiplash. Since this incident my son has had tomove back in with me and suffers from chronic back pain. I have also noticed a change in his personality. I have sought an attorney,to help to medical, pain, and possibly long term disability. My question is; besides narcotic pain medication[ which I am worried he is getting addicted to] does anyone have any suggestions on how to relieve his pain? Thank you Wende
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replied July 20th, 2003
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I was in 2 car accidents within 5 days several years ago, but did not really feel the long term affects until about 2 years ago. I went to a chiropractor, but they did not seem to help me. I turned to an orthopedic doctor and they did a MRI on my back to make sure nothing was injured. Thank the Good Lord nothing was except for the fact that my spine was straight instead of curved like the normal spine should be. He sent me to physical therapy for 6 weeks and I feel so much better.

I also drink something that a friend of mine was taking after her car wreck. She had neck surgery to repair a disc and was flat of her back for months. She and her husband came across this and started selling it because it made her get up and out of bed since she had NO pain. It is called OPC. It is a powder formula that you mix with water and it removes the toxins in your body which is what causes pain. It has nothing but natural ingredients in it. It also helped her anemia and her husband's gout. It is wonderful! Me and my husband now sell it. Hope this helps.
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replied September 24th, 2003
I was also involved in a car accident recently, but not as severe as your sons sounds. My massage therapist im seeing told me that accupuncture is really good and helps people with severe pain. So maybe that could be an option to think about! Good luck!
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replied September 25th, 2003
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This Will Help
Tell him to smoke some weed! Its the best pain med in the world
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replied October 2nd, 2003
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I just wanted to say, I totally agree. I would never have believed it nor would I have agreed, but I went through chemotherapy and subsequent remission, but many residuals from treatment and marijuana really did ease the pain, give me an appetite, which basically saved my life during treatment, and helped me sleep at night. I don't know what state you are in, but in my state you can get a prescription, which is what I did. Plus the other, Rolling Eyes. Shortee, thanks for speaking up! I'm 53 years old and I would never have believed I would one day be posting this.
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replied October 2nd, 2003
Addiction
I am so sorry to hear about your son's car wreck. It must have been devastating. I suggest giving him his pain killers every other day, or cut the dosage in half to keep him for building a tolerance or becoming addicted.
I also suggest accupuncture. I have been taking accupuncture for a year now for a hip problem. It feels so much better now. Also, talk to your doctor about your son. See what the physician has to say about the addiction/possible alternative medication.
Best of luck with everything,
ccn330
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replied January 19th, 2009
Pain and Addiction
I was in a car accident in Feb '05. My airbag didn't open and my head shattered the windshield. i immediately started taking hydrocodone. after a year those didn't work anymore so they put me on methadone, which i didn't like so they put me on Oxycontin.

Bottom line is if you're in pain there's very few natural remedies that work, depending on your condition of course. if you take narcotics for an extended period of time, you'll have to accept the fact, one day, that you're dependent on them. but with me i'd rather take medication everyday and be happy and not be in pain.
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replied January 19th, 2009
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Re: car accident , chronic back pain & change in personalit
wende wrote:
My son was in a car accident about 2 months ago, at the time they thought it was only a mild concussion and whiplash. Since this incident my son has had tomove back in with me and suffers from chronic back pain. I have also noticed a change in his personality. I have sought an attorney,to help to medical, pain, and possibly long term disability. My question is; besides narcotic pain medication[ which I am worried he is getting addicted to] does anyone have any suggestions on how to relieve his pain? Thank you Wende



Did your son have an MRI of his spine? If so was it a full spine MRI, that looked at and took pictures of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine?

If not, it is time that he was evaluated by a spine specialist for his spine pain and obtain MRI pictures to determine if there is any injury to his spine causing the pain.

Even with a mild concussion there can be personality changes that can come on right after the concussion or several days to weeks later.

Usually they are temporary and will subside in time.

If you are concerned you might want to have your son be checked out by a neurologist to be sure that there isn't anything more serious going on.

Is your son having any kind of numbness, tingling or burning feeling in any of his limbs? That would indicate nerve pain and a possible disc bulge or herniation that could have been caused by the accident.

If he is having that kind of pain, narcotics will not help the pain and he will need treatment for the disc.

Since you have an attorney, I would suggest that you talk with him/her about having your son see a spine specialist and neurologist.

2 months is a long time to be having so much pain after an auto accident and being diagnosed with only a mild concussion.

I would not suggest you try decreasing his narcotic pain meds. If his body is addicted to them, then he would need medical support and advise as to the best way to wean him off the meds without creating any serious withdrawl symptoms or complications and I would not suggest he start smoking any marijuana either.

Trading off legal narcotics for illegal drugs is not a good idea.

Keeps us posted and good luck

Fran
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replied January 22nd, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
He would need proper assessment to dig out the extent and nature of injury. I would suggest you to have his MRI spine and let it reviewed by neurologist.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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