I will try to be short with this but just wanted some input from "those who know"
Injured on the job and had a C-6 and C-7 fusion with plate and donor bone in 1999. Everything was fine pain stopped and I was able to return to work in 2003.
On June 6th 2009, a drunk driver ran a red light and struck the drivers side of my patrol car. received a concussion, and the pain in my cervical area returned. EMG was negative, but did show some carpal tunnel in my right hand (?) no symptoms before. I have shooting pains that travel from the right side of my neck down into my little finger as well as my ring finger. Since June 6th it seems I have pain 24-7. MRI was negative.
Neurosurgeon sent me to a PM clinic, where I received first a cervical epidural, facet block, and then finally a cervical epidural with catheter.which seemed to give me a little relief, The other two did not.
My last visit to the neurosurgen was 9-14-09, he seemed a little puzzled as to where all this pain was coming from.He now wants me to have a Thoracic T1-T11 Trigger point injection . Also stated a Rhizotomy may be of some help, my question is how do they determine which nerve is causing the pain, and if anyone out there has had this procedure did it help?
Just wondered if there were any Police Officers on this forum, seems that I cant grip my service revolver, and can't get the nerve up to fire the dang thing with this injury (shooting pains into my neck when I make a fist or raise the wepon up)Sorry this is so long....