DSM-IV-TR Casebook Diagnosis of "The Boards"
A married 29-year-old woman was presented as
the neurology patient at the examination of a young psychiatrist
for his specialty certification in psychiatry. Four months previously
she had been riding in a car, driven by her husband, that was involved
in a minor traffic accident. She was thrown forward, but was kept
from hitting the window or dashboard by her seat belt. Three days later
she began to complain of a stiff neck and sharp pains radiating
down both arms, her spine to the small of her back, and both legs.
Because an orthopedic consultation failed to uncover the cause of
the pain, she was referred to the neurology clinic.