I had my first Pain Management appointment today, and, after the Neuro saying the bone spurs aint causing the pain, numbness, pins and needles and weakness. And the G.P throwing drugs at me like...............off I went to see the Pain Management Team.........and what a difference.
He took a thorough history, asked loads of questions, and then did a complete physical exam. and asked me to do some head and neck movements that provoked the electric shocks, and made me almost fall over through loss of balance.
He explained, that when I saw the Neuro in Jan. My neurological signs were fine, BUT today some reflexes are absent. Further, he admitted to me that the Neuro probably only 'treated the MRI' and not the full picture. That the loss of balance, arm numbness, limited ROM in my neck preventing me from driving of functioning, WERE due to nerve irritaion AND, the muscles then lock up to protect me and support the head (which can weigh up to 4-5 Kilos !!)
It would seem that my Neuro signs have deteriorated since I saw the Neuro in January.
He said he would chase the EMG results I had done 7 weeks ago, chase the DEXA scan results. and then call me when he know more. (that doesn't happen in the UK normally !)
He was a little amazed that little progress had been made since I saw the Neuro in January.
Meantime, he was arrange for some PT to try and soften the muscles 'locked' in my neck and shoulders, and would see me in a few weeks to see how I was getting on. He also said that I was not to be afraid to ask for the meds to be upped IF the PT caused pain and/or weakness.
I left there feeling that 'AT LAST, somebody listens to ME, not the MRI or what 'should or shouldn't' be happening. And, more importantly, that I was once again moving along the road to some recovery...............AND that I;m not going nuts, or imagaining it all, HE understood and wanted to help.
So, fellow sufferers'/board members/bloggers, my real virtual friends in times of need........sometimes, just sometimes, there is a Doctor/Clinic who will understand !!
How cool is that ? SO do not give up, you are not going mad AND we are not distressing ourselves with wild imaagaining's ..seems I just needed to find the right 'ear'
As always, thankyou for all your individual support and messages. I will let you know how I progress