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Back/Neck pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Lower Back Pain
Ever since January when I was hit by a car on my way to work, I've been experiencing a lot of mid- to lower back pain. My doctor told me it was a herniated disc in the middle of my back, but he never did an MRI or CT scan like he said he would. I've moved to PA since then and i went to the ER because of some new pains in my neck that lead up into my skull giving me these horrific head aches. However, its not really a constant pain, it's more like spiking pains. instead of the doctor at the ER just doing a CT at least, he didn't do anything. He gave me 2 Tylenal and sent me home. He said he more concerned about the slightly elevated blood pressure then the head ache. I told him, "your more worried about the blood pressure then the possibility of me going to sleep and NOT waking up?? i think my family would be more angry if i never wake up.." I think i just didn't want to bothered with the situation and thought because I'm only 23 that I wouldn't know if there was something wrong with me. I'm just worried that it could be something serious, can anyone help?? ~X( :''(


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    This does not sound like a good scenario. First, it is curious that your original doctor diagnosed you with herniated discs without taking any diagnostic tests. There are some clinical reviews that can indicate some disc problems, but without testing, I dont know of any doctor that can tell for sure its a herniated disc and where.
    Now for the ER, what surprises me the most is their concern about high blood pressure. I do not think there is a doctor or other medical professional that would make that statement. Pain levels has been proven to raise blood pressure. When you are in severe pain, your blood pressure will be higher.
    When I had one of my ESI's done, my BP was 180/110!
    That was way out of norm for me, which should be 125/85.
    With the headaches that you are having, I wonder if there is not a cervical issue also.
    Try to find a doctor where you live now so that you can start to see a specialist to determine what is exactly your medical problem.
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