I had a whiplash injury nearly 4 years ago (including hitting my forehead on the windshield) and I am still having significant symptoms that have gone untreated. I began with muscle spasm on the right side of my neck, then it turned into a heavy head, dizziness and a generally gross / nauseous feeling. I even get a “neural effect” where I just can’t get my words together without really concentrating. I occasionally feel that my fine motor skills are effected. Fingers feel clumsy and my left thumb is tingly. I did traction and physical therapy but with no relief. The PT said my C2 was incredibly tight and swollen. Had an MRI – small bulging and spurs, “straight neck,” but nothing they were worried about.
Here’s the thing: For the last 3 years, I could have a day or 7 in a row without any symptoms, and then one day all of them will jump on me. And now, for the last 3 weeks, my forearms and tops of my hands have been burning, not to mention the constant popping and cracking and occasional “neuro / heavy head thing.” It comes and goes, but it can come when I have to speak publicly and will completely throw me off.
What might I have? What’s your advice to move forward? I’ve been trying to live with it but it’s becoming pervasive. Should I have another MRI, second opinion, nerve stimulation?
I cannot explain these neurological effects. Neck pain and shoulder pain origins are generally easy to explain but these central symptoms are not my speciality. I think you need to find a good neurologist (not neurosurgeon) to help define what the origin of these symptoms are.