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spinal cord concussion

tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I haven't been on in a while just been popping in to read some of the posts and waiting to see if anything that my naturopath is doing will help me feel better. Last week i had a massage and i had a horrible time with it,it was probably one of the most painful ones i've had yet. I've become hypersensitive to touch again. I had that problem before having my fusion.My massage therapist bugged me to go back to my doctor but i told him i really didn't want to because we really clash and she's already said that since the car accident she doesn't want to do anything else for me. So once i got home i decided to find an email address for my neurosurgeon and see if he would respond to it. I was discharged from his care just after the car accident over a year ago.He told me at that time that he thought that my problems were from the accident and i should follow up with my own doctor about that. This afternoon i got a call from his surgical nurse.i was very surprised as i didn't really expect an answer from him. He apparently read my email and read over my file, and wanted his nurse to call me and let me know that he thinks i suffered a spinal cord concussion during the accident and it would take at least two years for it to heal. He wants me to see a chronic pain specialist and a neurologist in the hospital that he works in. But because he has already discharged me he can't refer me to them so his nurse is calling my neurologist that referred me to him and is supposed to talk to her about referring me to these people. At least now somehthing positive is happening. I just got all the reports back from the insurance co. and all the doctors that i saw for them wrote me off saying that i had whiplash and i still have pain but there sure the whiplash healed a long time ago. Only they never mentioned all the other problems that everyone of them told me that they saw. I don't care about the money aspect of this i just want to know what's happened and how i can get rid of the daily pain. I've gone over a year now not knowing why my pain isn't getting better,but hopefully now someone is going to help.


  • I hope you get referred soon so you get some pain relief and start to heal. Take care. 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
  • Tammy,

    This is good news. Sadly you are still in pain, but at least there is a new line of defense developing for your treatment.

    Hugs :)


  • my surgeons office contacted me this afternoon and told me that i have to see my neurologist and she can refer me to the chronic pain specialist where my surgeon is but i have to try and get back to see my neurologist.I haven't seen her since before my surgery so i'm not sure if they'll just give me an apt. to see her again.I may have to see my own doctor and be referred back to her which could be a huge problem because my doctor hasn't wanted anything to do with my case since the accident.If thats the case then i'm dead in the water.
  • Tammy, I would think that since you are already a patient of this neurologist that you should be able to get in. Try to think positive and persuade them to give you an appointment SOON. You've sure been through enough, it is time for a break.

    Good luck. I hope this gives you some answers.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • :* Well i'm definitely going to try the neurologists office first,its my best chance of seeing her.If i can't get an apt. then i'm going to have to go through my doctor. Thats going take alot of praying and time. :))( She's gone away.I had to make an apt.for my son at the beginning of the month and she gave him an apt. for the 30th. I was talking to the secretary at my therapy today and i was telling her about the situation and she told me to call my doc. office tell the secretary that i was talking to my surgeon and he wants me to see my neurologist but that i had to have her call and make the apt. Tell her that i don't know why she has to call but thats what he told me and see if she'll just make the apt. LOL =))
    My doctor and i don't get along at all and she really doesn't want anything to do with my problems so i don't see why she wouldn't refer me to someone else and get rid of me,but knowing her she'd just say know to be a bitch.
  • /:) Is that i'm tired of all the pain and problems that i'm having.I was so happy when the surgery took away the pain.Now its all rushing back at me.Every single time i stress my body the smallest bit all the nerve pain comes rushing back.I put up with it for six years prior to my surgery and i really can't stand anymore pain.Everytime i feel it i just sit and cry. I can't take one more week of it.Ihave a massage tomorrow and i'm so afraid that its going to be painful and i'm going to break out into laughter again.Its so disturbing to me and i'm having a really hard time handling this.
    I've tried looking up information about spinal cord concussions but didn't have much luck finding anything. I feel like there's a huge black cloud following me around.Why can't i get out from under it????
  • tammyc said:
    i'm so afraid that its going to be painful and i'm going to break out into laughter again.
    You are too funny tammy. I suppose laughing is better than crying. :)

    I wish I had the answers for why so many of us continue struggling. My doctor said once, wouldn't it be great if we could just go out and purchase new parts like we do for automobiles, and then get back to normal. But that isn't the way spines work. Once a spiney, always a spiney. (I'm beginning to hate that saying!)

    I have found that trying to focus on what is good around me is way healthier for me than thinking about my health issues. Don't get me wrong, I haven't mastered this concept yet. But I do know that acceptance is key in our future happiness. I've been doing some psychological counseling to help me come to terms with the new me. Just to tell you how naive I used to be, I thought only people with mental illness see psychologists. Not so, at least I hope I'm not mentally ill, lol. She has helped me tremendously. Is this something you would consider? She can't help my spine issues, but she is helping me to cope with things.

    Dang Tammy, I'm sorry you continue struggling so much.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • I called my doctors office yesterday and talked to her secretary.I told her that i had a conversation with my neurosurgeon and he wanted them to refer me to my neurologist and she told me that my doctor was away until the 22nd of the month,but she could send a referral for me so i'm just waiting for them to call with my apt. Yippee i didn't have to deal with my doctor and i got my apt. with the neurologist. Hopefully everything will work out ok.
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