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A very bad day!!

tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Well,i have had pain in my shoulders,neck and head now since sunday,most times i feel like my head is going to pop off my shoulders.When i was at therapy on tues. they left the heat and tens on my upper back for over an hour trying to get it to calm down.By the time i was ready to leave it had calmed a bit,but even with the smallest of purses on my shoulder in was killing me to walk out of there. I went home and iced my neck to numb the pain.I tried my tens unit at home but of course my battery was dying so it didn't help.I spent most of the day yesterday laying flat on my back,taking my pain pills,icing my neck and shoulders and praying for the pain to go away. By the time last night came i was exhausted,went to bed thinking i was going to sleep right through but unfortunately i was awake all night long.Didn't sleep even an hour all night long.Then when it came to get up this morning i was sooooo tired i didn't want to get out of bed.I had therapy again this afternoon,and again the tens and heat were put on for over an hour but as i layed there the pain started to get worse and worse as time went by and i found myself rocking back and forth on the bed and my mouth started to water,OH GOD i was going to be sick.I called for the assistant to come over quickly and disconnect me from the unit so i could rush to the washroom.Yup,i was sick,i went back and layed on the bed,feeling like a piece of crap.My head was just killing me and i was at the end of my rope.I really wanted to go to the hospital,but i just didn't want to get up and move.My therapist came over to see how i was and i told him i couldn't stand the pain in my head and neck anymore,i told him everything that i had taken to get rid of the pain ,but that none of it had worked.He asked me to show him exactly where the pain was in my neck,then he decided to do some massage on my muscles ,said that they were extremely tight and when he was done he did some slight stretching of my neck,which was a surprise because he told me before that he wouldn't do it because my fusion isn't completely healed yet.By the time he was done,my nausea had gone away and some of the pain in my neck had disappeared.Although i still had a headache it wasn't as bad as it was a few min. earlier.Then this afternoon i had a massage,which was booked for today and i told my massage therapist what had been going on and as he was doing my upper back and neck area he couldn't believe how tight it was.I told him that i've decided that no one is going to be able to loosen up my muscles,thats just the way there going to remain until the mri is done and they find out whats causing all the pain and muscle tightness.
I have my grand-daughter coming to stay the weekend with us tomorrow night and although i love her dearly i just don't know how i'm going to make it through the weekend with her.She's only 22months old and loves to be helled and rocked. As tight as my neck and shoulders are i can see my weekend not being pain free.LOL. 8} ;)


  • i was just reviewing some posts of yours. this has sure been a continuing problem. you write about treatments youre getting and yet the pain continues. how about meds...what are they giving you now?
  • ya i've been doing treatments since two months after my surgery.I was doing well until i had the car accident and that seemed to screw everything up for me.So now everyone seems to be focusing on that,trying to relax my muscles and dealing with the pain and muscle spasms.I'm taking muscle relaxers,twice a day,ibuprofen600's twice a day and tylenol3's twice a day.Trying to exercise,stretch,heat and ice.I'm sure there is more that i'm doing but at this point i'm exhausted and not thinking really well.LOL.
  • side affects of ibupropen can be stiff neck and nausea....heres link to info
    do these side affects sound familiar?
  • i was just looking at your post just before this and you said dr gave you two stronger meds. was the ibupropin one of them?
  • Wow that stinks you are having such a raw time of it right now. I got to the point where I couldn't stand anything on my shoulders (purse, sweater ... anything) and could only walk a few feet before it felt like someone was standing on them wearing ice skates. It didn't matter what treatment the PM doc tried, it wasn't until I got my SCS that I could once again manage some pressure on my shoulders and walk pain free.

    I certainly hope they figure something out for you soon. Are any of your docs specialists in whiplash cases?

    Hope you have a decent weekend with your grand daughter.

  • Pete the ibuprofen is one of the meds. i'm taking,i have taken them before.I was on them before i had my surgery for another problem i was having they didn't seem to help then either.

    I know my purse is so tiny and i can't believe that it hurts to put in on my shoulder but it does.The massages seemed to give me a little bit of relief last night.At the moment my head is feeling ok but my neck and shoulders are still really tight so i'm sure it could come back again anytime.As far as a whiplash expert,i didn't know there was such a thing LOL.My physical therapy and massage therapist both have had many years of working on accident cases if thats what your talking about.I asked them after i had the accident how long the tight muscles and pain would last and got pretty much the same answer from both of them.They told me that they couldn't really say because the accident was so soon after my operation,its not a normal case of just someone who was in an accident.I had tightness and healing still from the surgery when the accident happened and then even more tightness and pain from the accident on top of that.My own doc. said it could be over a year before i feel better from the accident ,which seems like a long time but i think there right how can you put a time frame on it when i had so much going on at the time it happened.If there are specialists in whiplash cases i'd love to know about them cause i could really use there help!!!!
  • I don't have anything of value to offer you, but I feel like we're connected because we've had the same problems and the same surgery.

    I still have bad muscle spasms and last night and today have been really bad. When you consider the surgery that we've been through, it's really amazing that our heads haven't just fallen off and rolled around on the floor.

    Anyway, my sister in pain, I hope you start feeling better soon. Would your doctor consider giving you some pain medication to help relax you and make you feel at least a little better?

    Take care my friend.
  • that was 'C' that recommended whiplash specialist. i'm not familiar with them.....
  • I'm sorry you're going through a rough time right now, and I hope things turn around for you. Don't fret too much if you can't pick up your granddaughter like you'd like to. She still loves you no matter what and would appreciate short hugs and kisses just the same. Take care >:D<
  • well my doctor gave me two kinds of pain meds. at the beginning of the week,plus i'm still taking my muscle relaxants twice a day.I don't understand why my muscles aren't relaxing since i've been taking muscle relaxants now for almost 9months.My doctor is very strict about what kind of pain meds. she gives out and it was very hard for me to get what i have from her.I hate it when i take everything that i have to take and it hasn't made a difference in the pain.Today has been a better day then yesterday.I took it real easy and didn't do anything strenuous.I could still feel the tension in my shoulders and neck and whenever i had to use those muscles it hurt so i didn't want to risk my headache coming back again.
  • some how i missed this message from you the other day. I've had a stiff neck since before the car accident,still from surgery,the car accident made it worse limiting my range of motion again.I went for a short car ride last weekend to drop my grand-daughter off at home and my headache started then and the pain and burning in my neck and shoulders.I didn't start the ibuprofen until monday.my stiff neck is just an on goin problem.I wish i could afford to get a massage more often then i do cause i think it may help.sometimes my massage therapist is able to get my neck muscles to release and i get my full range of motion back but by the end of the day the spasms are right back again and i loose it again.
  • Hi Tammy,
    I get similar pain and headache. It sounds like you have a migraine associated with your tight muscles. Is that machine you're talking about an E stem machine? If so, that particular machine triggered migraines for me because even though it was supposed to help with my neck and upper back pain it tightened those muscles and triggered the migraines and when you get a migraine nothing helps except for migraine medicine from the doc. Just a thought. I hope you feel better soon, maybe stop that particular treatment?

    Also, sometimes I get the headache first and then tight muscles as a result of the headache and sometimes it's the tight muscles that trigger the migraines. Either way I know they are migraines in my case, have had them for a few yrs now and they've gotten worse since my car accident.

  • I had whiplaash for 9 months and I took valium the only thing that helped my muscles relax. For tight muscles like that would trigger point therapy help you? Well hope the headache goes for you. 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
  • Hi monica,
    They put the E-stim on my neck a long time ago and it caused a headache so they never put it on again.When i go in they put the tens on my neck and they let me adjust it to the level thats comfortable for me.I've had migranes before as well,but these ones just seem like really bad tension headaches to me.the pressure i feel from them is absolutely horrible.

    I wish that my doctor would put me on something stronger but she doesn't like perscribing strong pain meds. I had a hard time just getting her to give me a script for tylenol 3's.
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