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Old 09-06-2012, 09:41 PM
Location: Canada
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I am new here!

I was in a car accident in 1969, when I was 30 and suffered a broken back, but ended up a partial paraplegic, (crutches and a wheelchair.) My daughter was 5.

I was traumatized again when her husband kicked me out of the family, in 1991…why? Maybe because he owed me $55,000.00 and thought he could get away without paying… a Narcissist. I sued and was refunded.

No special contact from Daughter for about 30 years, nor 3 grandchildren ages, 26, 23, 20 this year.

On March 27, 2009, I was in my wheelchair on the sidewalk, crossing a driveway, when a car backed out of it carport and ran me down. It is now 3 years & 5 months later when I have had tremors diagnosed. They are visible tremors, in my upper body, face, nose and teeth gnashing, so teeth have been damaged. They began on the roadside before the ambulance arrived. My left femur was broken, excruciatingly painful, 3 surgeries in 8 months, and the femoral head was removed, so I have no left hip, and am still in pain…even in my right leg (sympathetic?)

The tremors I experienced on the roadside, 3 years and 5+ months ago, March 27, 2009, are still with me.

It was Feb/10 (3 months after the 3rd surgery) when I saw my family doctor about them. He referred me to a neurologist, who was useless to me. He said they were likely voluntary as opposed to physical. .. Although after research I feel that voluntary does not necessarily mean I was acting!

My family doctor then would not refer me to a Physiatrist (as that was over-doctoring) and I was left up in the air, with a note from him that there would never be a diagnosis of my tremors……seen by many and tried to be treated in hospital without my knowledge with so many drugs, I was “wasted” and don’t remember much bad behaviour on my part, like slugging a nurse and more. Everyone saw my tremors. I was tested for DTs, Tourette Syndrome, and drugged, schizophrenia, and drugged.

My lawyer arranged an appointment with the Physiatrist(the very specialist I had asked for a referral from my family Dr.) but it would be 9 long months. One week before the Appointment, I received a call that the 2 hour block had NOT been booked for me (She was fired by Paul) I had to wait another 6 months for my appointment, which was May 16, 2012

His report was sent to me 2 days ago, for me to peruse for any errors, as I saw them, as this report is the equivalent to testifying under oath in Court. It is Independent and is taking neither side.
From his report (25 pages long):

Third, with regard to symptomatology:
(a) Immediate symptoms included pain of the left groin and hip region. Additional early symptoms that developed by the time of assessment in the emergency physician are of twitching of the left eye, left face, and both arms.
Fourth, with regard to physical findings:
(a) Presentation: Ms. ____ was astraightforward historian but there was an unusual facial and upper body tremor that was inconsistently triggered by touching the scalp.
I agree with Dr. E., clinical psychologist, that the trauma of the 2009 MVA has overwhelmed Ms______ and rendered her more anxious than normal. The increased anxiety has had both emotionally and somatoform manifestations. On an emotional level,Ms. _____ has experienced increased nervousness with a diminished ability
to cope. On a somatoform level, she has developed the aforementioned psychogenic tremor. The psychogenic tremor would be considered a somatoform disorder in which there is conversion of psychological distress (anxiety) into a physical problem (tremor).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51DQL0bBEnc is of a polar bear of all videos that resemble the tremors and settling of them that I have. You can see why he was stressed/traumatized.
[SIZE=2]I guess I have had enough stress and trauma, that that is why I blanked out when I saw that the car had control over my chair….then came to, on the ground, in awful pain and the tremors began.

If you were a Judge or on a Jury would you believe this from such a Specialist and in particular if I flip out in court?

I began to wonder about psychological just a couple of months back when the ‘new' car wash scared the ‘stuffing’ out of me when a very forceful rinse water came on. I went into full out tremor load, then again having my teeth cleaned when the unexpected noise began in my mouth for polishing. And then again when I had a bomb game open behind what I was doing on the computer, and an explosion set me off again.
What is a somatoform disorder?
Somatoform disorder is the name for a group of conditions in which the physical pain and symptoms a person feels are related to psychological factors. These symptoms can't be traced to a specific physical cause. In people who have a somatoform disorder, medical test results are either normal or don't explain the person's symptoms.

People who have this disorder may have several medical evaluations and tests to be sure that they don't have another illness. They often become very worried about their health because they don't know what's causing their health problems. Their symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other illnesses and may last for several years. People who have a somatoform disorder are not faking their symptoms. The pain that they feel is real.

1 of 4 types:
Conversion disorder is when physical symptoms that are similar to a neurological disorder develop, when no neurological disorder is actually present. Paralysis of an arm or leg, vision loss, hearing loss and seizures are common symptoms. Stress may make the symptoms worse.
Thank you
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by amt1939 View Post
...If you were a Judge or on a Jury would you believe this from such a Specialist and in particular if I flip out in court?...
Court cases involving personal injury sometimes have nothing to do with reality. One side hires experts which say one thing. The opposing side hires experts which say the opposite.

Then the jury is composed of "regular working people". They see this injured person in a wheel chair damaged for life and they see the big bad (rich) insurance company not wanting to pay for damages.

Juries frequently take the side of the person who was injured.

As for your tremors, I've read of people with rare medical conditions who went to many many different doctors and did not get a correct diagnosis. And then eventually found one doctor in some far away city who specialized in that particular problem. And then sometimes found treatment or at least a bit of understanding of the problem. So keep searching if you are not being helped - look nationwide. Certain medical facilities are well known for their experts in certain areas. Like the Mayo Clinic is well known for helping people that were not helped elsewhere. People travel from far away places to Texas for their well known heart procedures. Some medical centers specialize in burns, cancer, etc.

Then I have a friend who fell 2 stories and had very bad brain damage. He could not do simple things for himself. 5 years later, he seems to be back to normal! It was a slow process, but the brain "fixed itself"!

I sawed through a finger partially and this cut a nerve. They sewed the finger and nerve back together, however I did not have any feeling in the tip of that finger for many years. It has now been about 8 years since that happened and I just noticed I again have feeling in the tip of my finger! So that nerve eventually fixed itself. (The doctor said that should happen in my case.)

Then one thing which may or may not be related to your situation. That is my dog will start moving her leg in a scratching herself manner if you rub her back in a certain spot. I would imagine that something to do with nerves? But I know nothing about that. Might be interesting to read about that condition in dogs if you can find any info on it.

Anyway be sure to get one of those orange flags for your wheelchair so no more accidents happen. Sounds like you have been through enough!

Take care.

Orange flag...
Folding Wheelchair Safety Flag

P.S. If you look for that "special doctor" in a nationwide search, DO NOT mention anything about lawyers or lawsuits. Those doctors prefer to spend their time being doctors, not testifying in court cases. Maybe best to wait until your case is settled?
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:42 PM
Location: Canada
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Thank you Billy_J,

I appreciate your comments.

Until the Specialist (Psychaitrist) examined me and wrote his 25 page report, I had no conclusive proof about the tremors being abrupt. My family Dr. and a Neurologist thought I was faking, then I received all my medical records this past Spring and knew that many others had seen me in the tremors, but I was so drugged I didn't know that before.

I was in Rehab in 1969-70 (Canada) where we were told to not dress up our wheelchairs as though we lived in them, i.e flags or flowers, drink holder, ashtray....so I never did, and I felt more lady-like for it! (Unfortunaely it has become a dislike of mine to see flags, just because of that.)

I talked with my family doctor about the tremors and finally he arranged an appointment with a Neurologist. No luck there, so I asked for a referral to a Physiatrist. Family doctor said I was over-doctoring and wrote me a note to say that I would never have a diagnosis to explain these tremors. I told my lawyer and HE arranged the appointment with the Physiatrist.

Now that costs me, upwards of $10,000.00? but if my family doctor had obliged with the referral, it would have cost me nothing! That's Canada!

My lawyer also arranged an examination of my teeth, that gnashed with the tremors, and deteriorated until I bought a hockey mouth guard and his report will be in soon, as he awaited the Physiatrist' s opinion on the tremors being related to the accident.

I am amazed at the types of recoveries you mentioned, and there are likley many more that we never hear about. Since Court date is in 2013, 4 years will have passed and much will be different from the beginning.

Thanx again
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