Input on Whiplash

@AmbiePam (49066)
United States
September 9, 2007 4:46pm CST
My mom and dad were leaving town for a couple days for my dad's work. They each took a different car for reasons that would just be trivial to mention in this discussion. My mother was on the turnpike when she ran into another car. She totaled the car, called my dad and he turned around and came back (he speeds so he was ahead of her), and met her at the ER. So what she has is just very bad whiplash. Combined with fibromyalgia, there is just no way to get rid of all her pain. Now I've had whiplash, but to be honest that memory has just blended in with other health issues I've had over the years. So I don't remember what I needed when that happened. I've already been to my parent's house and caught up on their laundry. But I was wondering if there are things I'm not thinking of that she would need help with. Or maybe someone has pain relief suggestions for whiplash, that doctors negelct to mention. My mom won't ask for help, but I would really like to be able to anticipate her needs. Can someone share their input on how to help, assist, or generally make her life easier until the whiplash passes?
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9 responses
• United States
10 Sep 07
well her neck probably feels weak and sore, so probably helping her out with cooking would be a good thing.
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Now Amber, you don't want me to poison her, now do you? : )
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
9 Sep 07
I would think that anything you can do to help would be wonderful. I haven't had to help anyone with whiplash but just thinking of how much I use my neck to turn etc it would be very limiting. Good Luck! and hope mom is better soon!
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I appreciate your good wishes!
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Definitely make sure she has a supportive collar and nothing happens to it. Make sure she has a pillow suitable for the neck to rest on. Heatpacks can also help ease the pain of the muscle spasms involved in whiplash. As always, if I come up with anything else I'll post it here. Give your mother my regards and wishes for a speedy recovery.
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Thank you very much programer. You are always very helpful. I did buy my mom a neck pillow years ago, so I'm happy that that is something I know she can use right this minute. She frequently loses it under her bed, so I can probably find it there. Thanks again!
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• United States
10 Sep 07
Oh Ambie, Im really happy to hear that she only sustained whiplash, but at the same time sorry to hear that! I read over the current comments and I cant think of anything else, they all stole my suggestions. hehe The tens unit that Karen was talking about will definately help her. My chiropractor gave me one a couple of years ago and it helps not only my back but any sore muscle that I have. I also use it for my corpral tunnel. I do advise that you dont use it for more than 15 mins a day. It will also cause more soreness. I guess that is if you can get your hands on one, they are not cheap to purchase. You can however purchase some Bio-Freeze, which is a deep muscle rub that is both hot and cold feeling that should relieve a lot of her pain....well I did think of something no one mentioned after all! But she definately needs to see a chiropractor and soon! I wish her the best, and hope she recovers soon. Keep us posted on how she is doing.
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Thank you for the suggestions. I forgot about BioFreeze. That's an excellent idea. Thank you once again. : )
• United States
11 Sep 07
Your welcome Ambie, I know it worked for me with my back. How is she feeling? Hope everything is ok with her. xx
@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
11 Sep 07
She didn't go to work today, but I think she is better. Thanks for asking. : )
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Sorry to hear about your mom's injury. I know what whiplash is like. I was injured over 35 years ago in an accident, and I still have a lot of problems. One of the most important things with whiplash is to have proper support for the cervical vertebrae. A cervical pillow will be a big help while sleeping (you can find them at linens and things, or bed bath and beyond), and also, your mom should sleep either on her back or side; never on her stomach because that could really exacerbate the condition. Initially, ice packs on the affected area can help decrease swelling and inflammation. After a couple days, a heat pack might help relieve pain more. When I worked for the chiropractor, he used to have me do ultrasound on people with whiplash, and also muscle stimulation, something similar to a tens unit. The ultra sound actually helps damaged muscle tissue to heal , and muscle stimulation will work the muscles to the point where they can relax, and so avoid spasms. A pain reliever like aspirin will also help for the pain and inflammation. Well, that's all I can think of right now, so good luck, and I hope your mom will be better soon.
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Thank you for the information. She DOES normally sleep on her stomach, so that is something I'll definitely want to suggest. I know you didn't mention going to the chiropractor, but when I could afford one, I found a great one. I'm hoping if she has any residual trouble, she'll think about going to the one I went to.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
10 Sep 07
A good chiropractor or osteopathic physician will definitely know how to treat whiplash.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I had bad whiplash a few years ago, I was eating ibuprofen like candy. Physical therapy was the only thing that really helped. THe PT guy had this neck stretcher like machine, which he add weights on. This really seemed to help.
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I remember that machine. I had it when I was in a car accident. I didn't know my neck could stretch that far!
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• India
10 Sep 07
gud rest,calm her down and make her smile
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Excellent ideas! : )
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
10 Sep 07
Hmmm, my husband also had whiplash after a car accident. I don't have any definite answers to this. I remember me rubbing dencorub on it frequently. Also one of those heating pads is quite good. Plus, there are these little eletrical pads, that one sticks on the back, & a little electrical charge is generated , which can be quite helpful with pain. I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
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@AmbiePam (49066)
• United States
10 Sep 07
You are very helpful. I didn't know those pads were available if they weren't in a physical therapist's office.
• United States
11 Sep 07
I am very sorry to hear about your mom. She will be in my prayers. If she has a hard time moving around, doing everything would be great! Cooking, cleaning, are a big start. For pain, 550 mg. of Anaprox does wonders...for really major pain.
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