One cold December night, over two decades ago, Joylynn Nelson of Logan, Utah and her daughter were frantically trying to wrap up last minute Christmas errands when they collided head-on with a train. Both lived through the crash, but Joylynn only recently began to see a correlation between her fibromyalgia pain and the car accident. In fact, many patients are able to trace the onset of their fibromyalgia symptoms to a traumatic incident, such as a car accident.
Experts agree that fibromyalgia and car accidents may be connected, and that individuals with a family history of chronic pain, or those who may be predisposed to the condition, could have symptoms of fibromyalgia triggered by head and/or neck trauma.
While some experts associate only head and neck injuries with the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms, others believe they can be triggered by a much wider range of traumatic events, many of which have nothing to do with trauma to the spinal cord, including:
· Being deployed/living through war
· Some types of infections and viruses, including hepatitis C and HIV
· Separation during childhood of six months or longer from your mother
· Other types of emotional trauma
Seeking Relief by Understanding the Trauma
Even after the visible wounds had healed, Joylynn still felt a degree of pain that could not be rationalized by her injuries. The extensive and ever-present discomfort seemed to originate in the bones of her forearms and upper legs. She would not be diagnosed with fibromyalgia until eighteen months after the accident. Her strong personality willed her to persevere through the pain, even while looking for respite from her symptoms through fibromyalgia treatment.
Joylynn found significant relief after visiting Cory Kingston, DC, a Logan area chiropractor who solicited participants for a chronic pain study. Kingston asserts that in a whiplash event, commonly occurring in car accidents, the head will move forward more quickly than the cervical spine and then snap back, locking the head and neck in a forward position. Patients may believe their stance is relatively normal, even though their central nervous system continually reacts in trauma mode as if it’s under attack. Additionally, the cervical spine is traumatized, perpetuating stress on the body.
In an effort to remedy that issue, Kingston formulated a comprehensive regimen of exercises, including traction. The regimen also includes abandoning the intake of carbonated soda, along with other customized dietary and lifestyle changes.
While Joylynn claims to have experienced a great deal of pain relief by following Kingston’s plan, he warns fibromyalgia sufferers to be wary of anyone promising quick fixes for pain relief. He notes that while some experts acknowledge a link between trauma and fibromyalgia, many doctors do not, and advises patients to not be easily deterred if their doctors initially reject the idea.
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers
After a car accident, victims can experience long-lasting effects, such as fibromyalgia. It is important to understand this before accepting any settlement with the insurance company. You need to be sure you are adequately compensated for all your injuries, including chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. This is when contacting an experienced Denver car accident attorney can help. Call Denver car accident attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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