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Horrid pain! help...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,623
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hiya,

I have had a neck MRI a couple of months ago and it showed kyphosis and the curve was causing a disc to be pressed on my thumb nerve. My surgeon sent me for physio. Mr Lam (my surgeon) said that if it doesn't sort out with physio, then the disc could pop right out and I'd need surgery!!! yikes! I've had surgery on my lumbar spine but my neck?, eeek...

Anyway:

I have been doing physio but for the past week or two, I have been getting horrendous pains down the lower end of my head and through my neck, with shooting pains in my arms and hands/thumbs. It's making me feel nauseous and unable to be around bright lights, I am also gttig strange pains behind my ears and eyes.

I am going to my GP tomorrow, should I mention it so she can refe me for an MRI?? As my surgeon is in London and I can't mission it all the way t London if there isn't anything wrong. And the journey gives me pain in my lower back anyhow!

I just need you guys's advice please, and what it sounds like is happening to me?? I honestly don't know I am new to neck poblms but this is hell!

Thanks,

Lyssie xx
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Comments

  • Hi! Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.
    Cervical spine problems are definitely not unusual. My neurosurgeon said that it is the most common problem he encounters in his practice. He does over 200 cervical surgeries per year --- and that's a lot, if you ask me!

    The MRI you had done in the beginning of the year has probably been sufficient to diagnose your existing problems and I'm not sure another MRI at this time would show significant changes. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, there is nerve involvement causing the shooting pains etc. The level of involvement has to do with the amount and duration of time that the nerve root and/or spinal cord has been compressed. The object of treatment is to reduce or remove the compression which is usually achieved by surgery.
    Having had the experience of back surgery, it might help to realize that cervical spine surgery is really not so bad.
    There are many precautions taken during surgery to try and prevent any damage to the spinal cord and reduce the risk of potential complications.
    I am two weeks postop anterior cervical discectomy and fusion C4-C7 and am extremely pleased with the results.
    Feel free to PM me if you want more detailed info that might not be helpful to others posting on this thread.
    Hope you can picture yourself without pain/numbness as that is generally the good outcome achieved with this type of surgery.
    Best wishes ----


  • first let me say welcome to spine-health. Have you spoken with the therapist about the pain it is causing you. Usually a good therapist will adjust your therapy if it is causing you problems. One thing important for you is to always maintain your posture. The therapy is long and hard work but I have seen many get better just by doing therapy. Surgery is not always the answer and certainly carries high risk as well. Are you tracking the pain you are having, like journaling it and looking at the activity you were doing during the onset. Often times a injection could also help relieve some of the pain you are having. I would use surgery as a last resort. As you are aware once you alter the spine it is forever changed. Let us know what the GP thinks and I do hope you get relief.
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