(Closed) Car Accident = REALLY MESSED UP SHOULDER!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

So sorry to hear about the pain you’re in!  But I do think there’s a reason everyone is telling you to get an MRI–no matter the expense, it is your health and you should get it checked out.  It sounds like it’s lowering your quality of life, and you really should see what the issue is!  If your shoulder is dislocated so easily, it is NOT normal and OTC meds aren’t going to help the root of the issue.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree. You definately need an MRI so that you can find out what you are dealing with. Unless you want this to continue, because it most likely will until you find out what is wrong. An MRI will be able to show the damage and then they can prescribe a treatment. Do you not have health insurance? If not, see if there is a clinic that could give the MRI? Maybe? I don’t know much about these free clinics, but I’ve heard a few mention them before. OTC meds will just keep treating the symptoms, but won’t help the cause. Good luck! I know all about pain. I pulled a disc in my back last year..ouch!!! Took six weeks of intense chiropractic treatment along with heavy doses of advil, back brace, ice, heat..you name it. But I got treatment! You should consider it too. 🙂

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Since you seem worried about the cost of the MRI maybe you could try going to a chiropractor first. Chripractors deal with getting your bones back into the correct alignment. Maybe somethings got pushed out of place in the accident and got used to being in the wrong spot… If you need further medical attention a chiropractor will tell you that.

I LOVE my chiropractor!! She uses the activator method so no cracking or poping or hurting. She helps me with problems in my neck that cause migraines, my dad with problems in his shoulder and my mom has arthitus and carpol tunnel in her hands. She also helped my guy after he had a car accident. We all pay out of pocket because insurance doesn’t always cover chripractors. It was $75 for the initial visit and $35 for each adjustment.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If the accident wasn’t your fault, couldn’t you refile a claim, saying it has become exasperated? Even if X-rays were done, they only check for bone fractures, not soft tissue damage. You need to get this checked out. If you literally become incapacitated from the pain, you can’t be sure you won’t be driving or doing something potentially dangerous when it hits. And if you have insurance, an MRI is not that expensive. (well i guess it depends what you have). But if an MRI is too much of an expense, it’s possible an orthopedist could tell you what’s up just by examining it. If it’s popping out of the socket, he may say, “let’s try this first” and try an MRI later

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I agree – see if you can contact the insurance company and re-file the claim now that your shoulder is bothering you. You really need to get it checked out regardless. Not being able to function doing typical things during the day is very serious!!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d actually call a lawyer on this one.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Between your shoulder problems, hirsutism, hypogylcemia, UTI’s, unexplained nausea, and lactose intolerance, I don’t think it can be stressed enough that you need to GO SEE A DOCTOR (this is based on your previous posts).  A general practitioner, also known as a family doctor, might be able to put you on the road to good health.  The internet, especially a wedding message-board, isn’t going to be able to do anything.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’m not sure how it works in the US, but the first thing I would do would be to ask my GP to have a look, and then probably ask for a referral to a physiotherapist.

I have problems with my back, and lots of times a physio can figure out what’s going on just by looking, feeling and asking questions. They know how to do deep tissue manipulation without injuring an area that may already be damaged, and they can design a set of exercises just for you to help re-strengthen the area (plus they will make you feel guilty about having no core strength and being a bit tubby…but that’s a whooole other story…)

Whatever you decide, definitely go to the doctor! Good luck!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

Unfortunately, XRays only reveal bony issues and the pain you’re feeling is probably more muscular or neuromuscular.  They probably should have done an MRI on you then, but for some reason they chose not to (probaby because they’re so expensive).  An MRI would reveal if there was a tear or anything like that.  I don’t think getting an MRI now would be worth it, because even if something was torn, I doubt they would opt to correct it surgically since so much time has passed.  I second @so_sad_ellie…I think treating it conservatively is the way to go.  If you to an orthopedic surgeon, they’ll probably refer you to PT.  To be honest, it sounds kinda like a frozen shoulder, and if that’s the case then PT can be very effective.  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you have health insurance, it won’t be too expensive. a couple of copays and therapy sessions, maybe an MRI. A shoulder is a “normal” body part, not like a jaw or something where insurance doesn’t always cover it.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We were hit by a lady who fell asleep at the wheel (at 2pm, um, ya) about 11 months ago and I had some shoulder issues as well. My shoulders are already fragile through from Volleyball…. I went to my chiro and while he was treating my whiplash he also gave me ultrasound therapy on my shoulder, which helped a LOT. 

If you are experiencing the amount of pain that you are… you need to see a dr. You need to see what your insurance requires about referrals. If you don’t need a referral just go straight to a sports medicine Dr. No need to waste the copay at your family dr… they can’t help you. If you do need a referral go schedule an appt. NOW with your family dr.

There are a few things that concern me.

The day to day things you can’t do coupled with the amount of pain means that you could have SERIOUS issues going on, and at the very least possible nerve implications. The last thing you want is to delay and then have long lasting or perm. damage. An MRI vs the function on your arm for the rest of your life is nothing.

One question? Is your arm/hand/or fingers every cold or kinda blue? (That’s an extreme question but if the answer is yes, leave NOW for the Dr.)

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