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Old 07-22-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I was in a car accident about a week and a half ago. It was a heavy impact and I was injured.

For the last few days my jaw seems really stiff (clenched) and it seems to be affecting my speech a little.

Does anyone know what this could be? Would a neck or back injury affect your jaws?
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I think a neck injury certainly could. Did you go to the hospital? If not, then call your doctor.

As a word of warning to others, if the ambulance is there and wants to take you to the hospital, GO! I refused as I felt shaken up but not hurt. Big mistake. By the time I got home, my forearm was painful and 3 days later I had to have it x-rayed. What a mix-up on the bill. Auto insurance pays for it but clinics don't accept auto insurance in their systems, so they billed my regular health insurance. And they paid. Took months to straighten out and I kept getting letters about it. Hospitals are set up in billing to bill the auto insurance directly. My 2 friends also refused the hospital and they spent months in the chiropractor's office afterwards.

Also, if the airbags deployed, you are likely in a little shock no matter how OK you feel. You aren't going to make a good decision. If the front airbags deploy, the car is usually a total loss and you have more injuries than you are aware of.

Last edited by SouthernBelleInUtah; 07-22-2009 at 10:22 AM.. Reason: typo
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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i did go to the hospital via ambulance. My auto insurance doesn't have medical coverage on it. I; however, do you have health insurance through my employer that's being used for Drs visits and physical therapy.

I have also recently been in contact with a lawyer to make sure that the other driver will be held liable for the accident.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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i did go to the hospital via ambulance. My auto insurance doesn't have medical coverage on it. I; however, do you have health insurance through my employer that's being used for Drs visits and physical therapy.

I have also recently been in contact with a lawyer to make sure that the other driver will be held liable for the accident.
In my state, you are required to have medical coverage for the 1st $3K of injury, then the other driver's insurance picks up. I think it stinks as the other driver caused my accident, but she also didn't have enough coverage for the car damages alone, never mind the injuries. Glad you are taking care of things!
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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From what my insurance agent told me I could make a bodily damage claim on the other person's insurance since I was hurt.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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Go to the doctors and get an MRI/CAT scan again if you have not already. The swelling or brain damage may have taken some time to show. Do not delay.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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Well as of today I had a lot of pain in the back of my neck and back followed by a "numb" feeling on the back of my head.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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You definitely need a medical opinion! Go call now!!

That high up on your spine, you could be paralyzed over much of your body if something is getting worse.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Definitely rule out any brain injury first but if the MDs can't find anything then consider a chiropractor who can work on your jaw. I had a case of TMJ that was so bad my back teeth weren't touching. I mentioned in to my chiropractor when I was getting my back adjusted and he clicked on it a few times. An hour after leaving his office my jaw felt perfect. It was pretty impressive.
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