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22 year old with 10yr head injury - question on arthritis

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Ok so, I am a 22 year old female who was in car accident 10 years ago. An 18 wheeler tanker truck t-boned my side of the car; from that I was comatose for 2.5 weeks, I have a traumatic brain injury to the frontal lobe, I had esophagul repair along with 6 chest tubes, a feeding tube, 2 neck drainage tubes, and a back tube. I was told I would not make it past the age of 15 but I am fine now. I work, go to college .. do everything I am supposed to do.

I have been seeing a nuerologist since I was 12 years old because I have cronic migraines to the point that I take 20mg of hydrocodone, 180mg of tramadol, and 3 soma daily along with a shot of toradol twice a week that I give myself and I have had numerous MRI, EKG, EEG, CT scans, X-Rays ..you name it, I've had it. They are always searching for epilepsy, brain tumors, etc...

I recently ran into a chiropractor at a gas station who told me to come in and he'd give me a coupon for free x-rays and put me on a monthly plan ($100 a month) so I took him up on the offer ... he says that I have advanced arthritis on the front of C6 and inbetween C5 and C6. My question is, how come the MRI that was done literally one week ago, came back normal if the X-Ray is showing arthritis and what should I do from here??


  • I would suggest for you to go back to your nuerologist and take the x-rays with you. I am sorry you have had to go through so much. But be careful with the chiropractor. They can really hurt you.

    I don't know if the MRI was any different from your x-rays. It depends a lot on who is reading them.

    I hope you find some answers that you are looking for.
  • Thanks, funny thing is, I went to a chiropractor for many years but it went from 1 to 2 times a month to literally 8 times a week (I was going before and after work) and I thought that was abnormal so I weened myself off of it.

    I understand what you are saying about the MRI, they were searching for tumors (again) so they may have overlooked it. The chiropractor also said that my neck is almost straight with a slight curve in the wrong direction. I just don't know what to do ... I go to a nuerologist and a pain management doctor every 4 weeks and a general doctor every 8 weeks to do blood work for the medicines I take ... and now the chiropractor, should I add a bone specialist in the mix??

    Thanks for the input.
  • Anmoore- For the curve try a posture pump. You can find it on ebay. It works great on putting the curve back in your neck.

    Did you find any comfort when you went to the chiro twice a day? Have you tried any supplements for arthritis? My mother has arthritis in her neck and she takes glucosemen and mangostein. They both ease the pain.

    You are doing a great job of being proactive about your condition. Don't stop looking for answers. Something is causing your pain and you need to find out what.

    Everyone is different if going to the chiro twice a day brought you some pain relief then it was working. We all react to things differently.

    Do you have a pain management doctor? They can really help you. I have two and they both help me pain control.

    Best wished
  • Yes, I have a pain management doctor but all he does is give me nerve blockers (that don't work) and opiates which make me nauseaus. The chiropractor helps I guess but if I miss a day I am in dying pain. I would like to find something more permanent, ya know?

    Thank you for your response, I will keep trying everything I can.
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