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Old 09-20-08, 03:01 PM
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This is gonna hurt...

I mentioned elsewhere I had a wipeout on the way to work this morning. I went over the handlebars and much of the impact was absorbed by my head, turned to one side, and right shoulder. I was stunned very briefly but felt surprisingly well almost immediately, except for some road rash. Within an hour I got a little swelling above my right knee and below my right elbow. These injuries are easily dealt with using ice.

But gradually during the day the rear right of my neck has gotten terribly painful. My head feels fine except for something like a tension headache, probably from the neck muscles. I've got to work 12 hours tomorrow and I'm worried I won't be able to move the right side of my neck when I wake in the morning.

Any advice beyond the usual Tylenol and a heating pad?
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Old 09-20-08, 03:04 PM
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I'd say go visit an upper cervical doctor to make sure you didn't knock yourself way out of alignment.
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Old 09-20-08, 03:18 PM
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You got hit in the head? Please get offline and go to the emergency room, now.
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Old 09-20-08, 03:22 PM
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A good chiropractor should take a look at your neck. I went through something similar. It took a long time to get my neck right again, but even longer to decide that there was something wrong and get to a doctor in the first place, leading to a great deal of unnecessary pain. Hope you heal quickly.
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Old 09-20-08, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
You got hit in the head? Please get offline and go to the emergency room, now.
I've got to agree.

I took a gnarly hit on the head that cracked my helmet in half a few years ago and I'm still dealing with the fall-out from it. It sounds like you didn't lose consciousness, but if you did, or you had *ANY* altering of your consciousness you better get yourself checked out by the ER. Head injuries can have more ramifications than those of a purely musculo-skeletal nature.
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You fell off of your bike and landed on your head. Your head feels fine, but your neck muscles hurt. The couple of times I've landed on my head, things have gone much the same way. There's probably nothing wrong with your head [i.e. no concussion]. You have probably strained the muscles in your neck, likely the trapezius.

You can have an x-ray done, or you can have a couple of beer and some aspirin and relax. You will be sore tomorrow, and probably won't be able to move your head around as much as normal. It should get better in a day or two. If not, a doctor will order an x-ray and put you on stronger painkillers.
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Old 09-20-08, 03:50 PM
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You can have an x-ray done, or you can have a couple of beer and some aspirin and relax. You will be sore tomorrow, and probably won't be able to move your head around as much as normal. It should get better in a day or two. If not, a doctor will order an x-ray and put you on stronger painkillers.
Better safe than sorry. Ignoring a real problem can make it worse.
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Old 09-20-08, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Sammiches View Post
I mentioned elsewhere I had a wipeout on the way to work this morning. I went over the handlebars and much of the impact was absorbed by my head, turned to one side, and right shoulder. I was stunned very briefly but felt surprisingly well almost immediately, except for some road rash. Within an hour I got a little swelling above my right knee and below my right elbow. These injuries are easily dealt with using ice.

But gradually during the day the rear right of my neck has gotten terribly painful. My head feels fine except for something like a tension headache, probably from the neck muscles. I've got to work 12 hours tomorrow and I'm worried I won't be able to move the right side of my neck when I wake in the morning.

Any advice beyond the usual Tylenol and a heating pad?
Yes.. Get yourself to the emergency room and stop relying on the non-medically trained for advice. You could have a concussion or worse. Also avoid Chiropractors nothing beats the thought of an "Adjustment" that makes you a Quadroplegic. If you want a neck massage then have you significant other do it after you have sought the advice of a medical doctor and then only as long as it is done gently.



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Old 09-20-08, 07:55 PM
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In my very non-professional opinion, get yourself checked out. hopefully it's nothing, but you'd better not ignore something that could be worse.

heal up.
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