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Neck Pain/Headaches

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone. I'm a 42 yr. old female and I've had terrible neck pain for several years. Just had an MRI a couple of weeks ago and nurse called and said I have bone spurs. I see my neurologist Thursday. I hope he can help somehow. Do any of you wake at all hours of the night with headaches? Also, can cervical spurs cause elbow pain too? I have so many questions I don't know which to ask. I'll probably have even more after seeing the dr. What treatments have any of you had for cervical spurs? Did it help?


  • I did not have bone spurs, I had a herniated disc in my neck and had surgery in March '08. I had numbness down my arms and fingers, worse on the left. Also some pain in my arm. I did have pain in my neck that would wake me up and sometimes with a headache too. The pain was worse in my neck, I tried Chiro and PT with no relief.
    I had a good friend that had a herniated disc and spurs in her neck and the symptons were about the same. We both had surgery by the same surgeon and had great outcomes.
    Let me know about your Neuro visit on Thursday. I hope your Neuro Doc can find some options for you to try. If you think of more questions just PM me and I will be glad to let you know anything I have learned.


  • Welcome to Spine Health. I have suffered with headaches that wake me up at night and ones that are there constantly. I had surgery in 07 that took care of the worst of it, and now I just have head pain, which is easier to deal with. I also have issues that cause pain in my elbow, but it isn't related to bone spurs.

    Wait and see what the neurologist has to say and go from there. Do you have a list of questions written down that you can take with you? It really helps and keeps you from walking out and thinking "rats, I forgot to ask about ..."

    Hang in there and keep us posted.

  • Good idea. Write down all of your symptoms, as you may have a bad day and not be able to fully recall everything.
    Ask about medications, steroid injections, surgery, pillows, posture-anything at all related to your neck.
    Also activities to avoid.
    I think these spurs are a fairly common and normal thing. Eventually they can fuse together with a loss of mobility.
    They can impinge on the spine and give you all sorts of pains in the head, neck, shoulders and arms.
    Avoid long spells at a desk and especially enemy number one, the computer!
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Good idea. I will write down everything I can think of. I do forget when I'm talking to him. Besides, he has me on neurontin which makes me forget all anyway. I'll let you know how it goes. I'd just like to get some relief. Thanks again.
  • Hello Everyone,

    I am so glad I found this site, now I dont feel as lonley Iam can talk with people who know what it feels like to walk in the shadow of pain every day.

    My name is Amy I live in CT and I have been in chronic life stopping pain since 1993 when I fell on black ice in a parking lot flat on my back and my neck snaping back.
    Result of this I have had 3 back surgies in which fusions then fusion hard ware removal and then a pain stimulator which did not work, and I am left with wires still in my back and I quess I was told that I need and back surgery to fix a part of the fusion that did not ever heal, imagine that !!! Any now for the neck issue, I have fusions at 4-5 and 5-6 levels screws and all. For the last 3 weeks the head pressure that starts at my neck and goes up my head is sooo bad, I can not stand it. The only thing that relieves it a little bit is wearing a soft collar neck brace.
    I know for a fact my fusions in my failed so I FACE THE KNIFE AGAIN. If that is I can find a good surgeon the first one messed me up I had been told by 3 doctors.
    I have spent all of my past career saving other people from being a EMT, medical assistant and a adoptive mother, why can't someone save me, I am tired of being in pain and one ss disability. I hope everyone had a nice hoilday, I feel better poring my feels out.

  • I have a few minor to moderate things going on with my neck...Bone spurs, impingement, arthritis, two disc herniation, DDD... The list is in my sig.
    I've tried Physical therapy. The first time it helped while doing it, but after not so much. The second time was better, I think because my depression is down. But I still have left arm, wrist, finger, shoulder, left side of the neck pain.
    Oh, yes and to answer your question, I've had terrible headaches. Now I pretty much get aches at the base of my skull and neck and up around the left eye and side of my face. Nothing really helps those except to lay down take the pain med, add heat or ice to the neck and wait for it to subside.

    Good luck!
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    These headaches are very tiresome aren't they? It's hard to face them everyday and night. I hope you find a cure....I hope we all do. I hope to at least learn if there's something I can do to help mine when I go back to the dr.
  • Hi...I have had migraines most of my life, but the last few years I have noticed they are directly coming from my neck and base of my skull. I found out I have c3/4 and c6/7 herniations and arthritis, and yes they contribute to my migraines. I had the facet injections done, steroids, and an epidural. Not too much relief so now I am going for a Rhizotomy/Denervation to kill the nerves. I wish you luck and know there are some good treatments out there.
    Be well
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Thank you for your reply. Sorry that you too have these problems but I thank you for being here to share and understand. It means a lot to know the people on here know exactly what we go through each day. Take care and good luck. I've never heard of the Rhizotomy. I'll google it. I had a mortons neuroma removed from my foot and have a stump neuroma...so I'd like to stay away from removing nerves if possible. That can drive you crazy!
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Had my neuro appt this morning. Forgot my list of questions, also forgot most of them while there! So much for that. Anyway, he said I have a bunch of spurs (He didn't say where or how many) Wants me to see a neurosurgeon to discuss my films. So, I really didn't find out anything today so now I wait for another appt. He just wanted to up my neurontin and I said no because I can't remember anything now. He gave me a script for muscle relaxers. I forgot to ask for any pain meds. I always do. So, I guess I'm just frustrated with all of this you know? Thanks for letting me vent on here. Maybe I'll get it out of my system before hubby comes home. He'll appreciate you all too..lol Oh yeah, I called back and asked for a copy of my MRI report and they said it would be $20 so I told them to forget it. I'll just wait and ask the neurosurgeon for it.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Hello everyone. They've scheduled my ns appt. for tomorrow and I kind of dread it not knowing what they'll say. Wish me luck ok?
  • We are all there with you Sunny. Let us know how you get on please :SS
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Ok. I'll try to get this straight. She said that I have a spur that is distorting a nerve at C4-5, a spur and herniated disc at C5-6 and somewhat at C6-7 and a lot of arthritis. Plus a bunch of other stuff that I can't remember or understand. Maybe it'll come to me. Also that I have a hemangioma in the left L4 posterior facets?? I have an appt. for a myelogram Tuesday :SS . Any thoughts or ideas about these results? I admit I am ignorant when it comes to medical terms. Thank you all for listening.
  • sunny1966 said:
    Had my neuro appt this morning. Forgot my list of questions, also forgot most of them while there! So much for that.
    That's almost funny! No, it is funny.
    Been there, done that.
    As long as he understood your symptoms it may be OK anyway.
    I also make lists and leave them at home, or forget to get them out. Now I rehearse my questions beforehand until they sink in.
    Spongy brains are a worry.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Peter, do you know me from somewhere?? The reason I ask is that only those who know me lately know about the spongy brain! :))( We must have something in common! Hey I'm not that bad...well maybe...but I wrote down everything I could think of an took it to my ns yesterday and just handed it to her! She said she wished everyone would do that. So there...lol Thanks Peter you made me smile this morning.
    Debbie :D
  • Hi Sunny, I'm not sure if I have the bone spurs like you , but when I get my x-ray results I may be able to compare notes.
    My 2002 x-rays showed thinned facet joints and arthritis, plus a few other minor things that I can't remember. None of it good!
    Anyway, I had to stop working because of the neck and shoulder pain which was caused and aggravated by using the computer mouse. Driving to work didn't help either.
    Now i get facet joint injections to C7-6-5, both sides. this usually gives me about 6 weeks of partial relief.
    Sleeping is a big problem as when I am sore I will wake every 10 minutes or so, even though the pain isn't bad.
    Dreaming just doesn't occur as I'm not asleep long enough.
    This then leads to brain fog and lack of motivation.
    I now take melatonin each night, and that does seem to help.
    I will also take a muscle relaxant on those really bad, sleepless nights and this also helps me sleep when the melatonin isn't enough.
    Each night is a challenge. I'm starting to take a bit more medication now so that I can get some sleep and function during the day. I've always tried to do without or take minimal doses, but have realised now that my pain is not going to go away and I just have to medicate to live my life.
    The pain type and the level varies all of the time. It can come and go in a flash. That makes it hard to work out what to take.
    But if I let it go and can get really bad and much harder to get on top of.
    So now I take medication at the first sign.
    Check your pillow too as your neck is very affected by it. Can be too high, too low, too hard or too soft. Usually 2 or 3 nights will let you know if a different one is OK.
    Try some muscle relaxants as they can be really helpful for headaches.
  • I have had neck pain for at least 3 years. I had a C5-C6 fusion and disc replacement ARDF in December 2006. I still live in chronic pain. Workman's Comp cut me off of all my pain meds. I am now on 2 blood pressure meds to keep my pressure down from stroke stage. The pain is horrible and drives up my pressure. I am averaging at least 1 migraine a week and have been going to my local ER for help because my migraine medicine isn't working. I have had to go to the ER 3 weeks in a row. Twice for headaches and once for a hypertensive crisis. Does anyone have any suggestions? I see my lawyer Monday but he is not moving fast enough for me. I am an RN and got hurt by a combative patient after returning to work after my surgery. It happened on my third day back at work. Ironic huh? I need help and a way to ease the pain. I would welcome any suggestions.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Sorry you're having so much pain. I understand headaches! I really feel for you and hope you get some help soon.
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