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Not a newbie to Neck Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, I'm a newbie to the forum. but not a newbie to neck Pain,
Injured on the job , 12 yrs coming up this year. developed Myofascial Pain, 3 Herniated Cervical disc's. Soft tissue injury to L shoulder and neck and arm....
I'm really saddened to read the posts in here, that there are no real advances in medicine for people with my injury, after so many yrs......... :(


  • Hi Donna,

    Welcome to the board. What kinds of treatments have you attempted for the last 12 years?

    I think there is some cutting edge stuff going on with stem cells but it is a ways off. The Artificial Disc is a newer concept but not every person can use it. Spine medicine is not one size fits all.

    Unfortunately some of us just have poor spines. My husband never has had back issues. All of my siblings have problems. My grandmother on my fathers side had a foot long scar from some kind of spine surgery that I remember seeing as a teen. My 2 level PLIF scar is 3" and very light. I think there has been some significant advancements. Much less invasive procedures nowadays.

    I think where they need to work is in the pain management :OP as I lay here with intense head and neck pain. I have taken my limits of Norco for they day and can't get away from the pain. Time for another ice pack.

    Again Welcome,

  • Hello , I have been seen by so many specialists. after my injury.
    I have been to two different pain clinics, and pain management teams.
    There was a multi-specialist assessments done just after my injury, I have had physio, accupunture, massage therapy, Trigger point injections, myofascial release, nerve blocks, I have re-active, and non-reactive trigger points, in my neck and shoulders and arms. muscle spasms, numbness, migraines, dizziness, vertigo, I have bulging disc's at the C2-3 C3-4 C5-6, and the only treatment that helps is chiropractory, for re-adjustments of those disc's in my neck. I have sleep issues, short-term memory issues, and I am on Morphine Sulphate for the last 6 yrs or so..........
    There's not alot out there,,,,,,,, and stem cell, and connective tissue regrowth are still yrs away..........
  • That was my next question. Are you a surgical candidate? If not, why not?

    Donna you sound like you know your way around the c-spine. I am truely sorry for your pain and suffering.

    Hang in there,

  • I am sorry to hear that. Please don't give up. Hugs.

    Has it been a long time since you got to speak with a NS?


  • Sounds like nerve-impairment, with those disc 's protrustion , I get burning painful hands, numbness in both hands, especially in the am. or repitive movements ei: using the mouse/computer...LOL
    Most mornings I wake up with numbness , burning, pain in both hands, repostioning helps. taking pressure off pressure points in shoulders, sometimes, very gentle range-of -motion exercises of arms and shoulders. improves pain, chin-tucks very slowly and gentle,. sometimes help with that sharp pain in neck .Warm moist compresses on neck sometimes improve neck pain. ....... Not fun eh?
    Sorry your in pain. hope you get some relief with surgery.
  • It's time to see a new surgeon. SOunds like they have had you on the meds circuit for a long time now. I have found that docs don't like to send you away from their office even if there is a better treatment. SO a neuro or PM doc is going to say you aren't a surgery candidate.

    I am guessing that maybe 12 yrs ago they said you weren't a surgery candidate because the meds were controlling your pain. Your herniations at three levels can be fixed. Not an easy surgery but if the pain is that bad there is a surgical option.

    I would go to someone completely unaffiliated with your current docs.
  • Thanks for your comments.
    I was seen by an NS about 7 yrs ago now who said that I was not a candidate for repair of the bulging disc's in my neck because, as he said, that if they were fused into place, that the next muscle spasm would pull everything out of ailgnement , and so it wouldn't help.
    I had orginally referred to this specialist for suggestions for migriane medications........
    I have been through the trigger point injections to try to treat the muscle spasms/ and alviate the trigger points in my neck and shoulders and back with no improvement at all.
    The Neurologist that I saw, was quite short when he asked what has helped so far, and I told him it was the Chiropractic adjustments are the only treatment that has given me some relief..........and he said" WELL you'll want to stop that immediately, do you want a stroke or a heart attack............! I was not impressed.........
    Another nurse who was has an neck injury very much like mine, oppoted for the surgery, and it did not improve her condition infact she almost didn't make it through the surgery....she was recovered and found to have numbness in her lower extremeties and was rushed back into surgery again. so you can see why I am hessatent to try this.......
  • I forgot to add that where I live it is very difficult to find a Doctor. and I can not just go and see a specialist without a Referral from my Doctor, who is of the opinion that surgery is not an option for my condition.
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