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24 yrs old - lots of pain, cognitive dysfunction - is it my neck?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all,

First, I want to introduce myself. I'm a third year law student living in Boston, MA. I've been "sick" for about two years, suffering from tons of muscle pain, facial pain, neck stiffness, cognitive decline/poor memory, poor vision, and urinary incontinence.

I've had an MRI, CT, and lumbar puncture - all showing nothing.

Just had a Rheum order a spinal MRI which showed DDD, multiple bulging discs, and cervical arthritis in every disc. Haven't had a follow up yet.

Anyways - I've been all over - been tested for everything, and this spinal info is the first objective evidence that I have of my pain. Finally, I don't have to hear that I am making up the pain (i.e. fibromyalgia diagnosis) I'm wondering - can my spinal issues be the culprit for my cognitive issues? If not, what should I expect?

I've taken the steps of already exercising everyday, eating perfect, and doing yoga 4 days a week (found that it helps a lot with the lower back pain).

Would love to hear stories - advice, or simply just get some information about what to expect with my new diagnosis.


  • Hi there Legaleagle,

    Pain can absolutely affect your cognativity. I’ve been dealing with chronic pain now for over 20 years and have consequently been diagnosed with major depression and a pain disorder due to the pain. This almost destroyed my life before I finally admitted there was a problem and sought help for it. Things aren’t great now but they’re much better than they were a few years ago. So, if you think you’re having some difficulties I would urge you to talk to someone about it.

    Best of luck to you.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you know your pain is real so don't let anyone tell you different. i use conservative measures to help with my back pain including exercise and Yoga. :? i just started a strength training program as well. it is alot of give and take to find what works. =D> good luck as you search for pain relief! try different measures till you find what works. :D i look forward to seeing you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Thank you to both of you. I am really hoping to get back to life, and I can already tell that chatting on this board is a positive step towards that.


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