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don't know what to do!!!!!!!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
First I will let you now a little about myself. I am a 25 year old mother of two. A 3 yr old and a 4 months old. Since February of 2009 I have been having left side of neck, shoulder, and now arm pain and numbness. It started off as a pinching in the top left part of my neck and has now progressed into a aching, burning, pinching constant pain. I cannot feel the upper part of my left arm and my left forearm aches constantly. I have had x-rays, cortisone injections and an MRI. My primary md said that there was nothing wrong with my MRI. They did find some osteophytes in c2 to c7. I have been to a orthopedic surgeon, physical therapy and to no avail have had no relief. I am a stay-at-home mom and I have had to find daycare for my children instead of them staying with me all day. I find that it is unbearable for me to do any of the daily activities that I enjoyed before pain. I am now seeing a spine speacialist who has recommended spinal injection, but I am very scared and how can they do a procdure and not know what is causing the pain? Also I saw my primay md 2x for this problem, She perscribed percocet and flexiril. I took the percocet as needed which ended up being one a day half in the morn and half at night. I am allergic to NSAIDS and the flexiril didn't have any effect except for making me sleep without hearing my newborn in the middle of the night. Since the two scripts of 30 percocets my primary md says she won't give me anymore pain medication at all. She said that they are addicting. I am not worried about them being addicting, I am in chronic, excruciating pain and they take the pain away and allow me to function as I normally would without pain. If anyone can relate or has any suggestions of what I should do please let me know. I am soo depressed about this whole thing.


  • Hello, and welcome! You may find this helpful: http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-management/pain-management-specialists

    Having pain and trying to care for such young children is not fun. You need to get to someone that can help you figure out an acceptable plan to give you your quality of life back!

    Good luck, and keep us posted!
  • Wow your so young to be having so many problems, I feel bad for you. You said you have burning pain and numbness right? Your MRI showed some osteophytes. Osteophytes are also known as bone spurs or bony projections along joints. The burning pain and numbness usually means nerve are involved. So seeing a spine doctor was a good idea. Your shoulders and arms are involved so that means the area thats involved is most likely the cervical spine which is your neck. Spinal injections are very helpful. My first one lasted over 3 months. There are many people who get lots of relief from them and don't require any operations. I don't know why your doctor wont prescribe you any more pain meds. That's her job to treat you. These procedures take time to set up. The injection it self isn't long at all. You will do fine. Keep us posted. :)
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • :H tell your primary that you would like to see a pain managment dr. they should fix you up. they did me i was also scared about the injections but they worked. nothin to be scared of . pain relef first then you can enjoy your children. good luuck, renee
  • hi mamawilliams
    another thing dr can try is a short dose of oral steroids. i always got relief in the neck from the steroids and plenty of people here have got a lot of relief. you could be on them by this afternoon if you call your dr.
    i hope something works
  • hi mamwilliams , reading our poisting it could have been written by myself , mine too started in march time with same symptoms as yourself , was unable to look after the children or go to work , i saw my own gp who just didn't take my pain serious just advised paracetamol , i continued like this for 3 weeks , one night i walked the floor all night in tears in pain , i then went to see an emergency dr who then admitted me , i spent 5 days in hospital and had mri scans , ct scan and xrays and apart from some minor bulges in my neck and tiny thecal sac indentations nothing to worry about by orthapaedic surgeon, but was still in severe pain taking neurontin and tramadol for the pain , i have been refered for physio but been waiting 6 weeks for appt now ,i since have been paying to see osteopath which i believe is helping me , taking less painkillers and life little easier even thinking of going back to work , he told me neck problems can cause lot of muscle tension which can be just as painful and still cause the burning and tingling .hope you find something to help with your pain , post me if you want to talk i know how difficult it can be coping with little ones and keeping the house running xx
  • Hi MamaW~
    I began dealing w/neck issues in my 20's as well. I'm now 53. I think my problems began with an injury that didn't seem like much back then and over the years w/wear and tear and likely overuse I believe I've degenerated more than I should have. I also I think my particular anatomy made me more vulnerable to neck injury in the first place. I wished I understood more or was more educated about pro-active care of the health of my neck thru the years. At least at the point I was injured it would have been nice to understand how to manage my vulnerabilities and had a secondary plan of action to manage my problems in an on-going fashion. Too often we're told "there is nothing wrong." OK...so what does that mean to your doctor in light of the fact you are in such pain and are having trouble with daily living and responsibilities? Or does it simply mean to him/her you do not have a particular problem that warrants aggresive surgical management? Or does it mean "we all have neck pain, deal with it"? And if your problems continue after some sort of treatment and a period of time, then what?

    Sometimes we see chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists. But very often their treatment emphasizes passive care. Things like manipulation, massage, traction, injections, medication etc. Or maybe we even have surgery. But with the lack of emphasis towards active therapy along with the passive care therapies we find ourselves in a vicious cycle of pain problems--at least in my humble opinion. And what do you do when one of these passive therapies or daily living flares us up? do we become even more passive ourselves?

    I'm trying to point out, it can be very helpful to become educated at your young age regarding both active and passive care of your neck and back so you are less likely to see yourself as a victim of the problem.

    Yes, you need to have a spine care pain specialist to help you thru this rough spot. Try to see someone who can give you a balanced perspective and is up on the lastest treatments and doesn't have a particular bias.
  • You get a Pain Management Dr. though your Ortho Dr. or mostly your Primary Dr. Your Dr should be ordering slow release narcotics as my Dr believes the same thing about addiction. But she now has me on sufficient meds to help but I had to go back to her frequently and tell her how long the meds work for and on a pain scale I'm an 8 out of 10 so she increased ms contin, added a muscle relaxant an antiinflammatory, lyrica(nerve pain med) and something to help me sleep. Your Primary Dr. should be helping you with 2nd referrals and pain management if not try for another Dr that will help you. Take care and best wishes. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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