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not exactly a new topic, but more or less looking for opinions

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Sooooooo after last nights events it has me wondering if i should be forcing myself to go back in to a doctor for my neck.
back in the late part of october, I fell and somehow managed to herniate a disk...c-5 I believe. I had an mri done, and other than the disk that the doctor pointed out there's the beginnings of degenerative? disk issues and all that lovely puckey.

well, I don't like him bc he has horrible bedside manner and was talking down to me like I was disagreeing with what he was saying when I never gave any indication that I had disagreed with him, and he just said nastily after I calmly repeated that I agree with him that this is serious that if PT doesn't work that he's putting me in surgery.

So I signed the papers...started PT. Half way through it, I began to get really sick from the pain...some how I was getting worse? It became so worse that I couldn't finish it, and couldn't go through with the last session I went to about a few months ago due to nausea and skull splitting headaches and lack of mobility.

As the last few months have gone by, I felt like it fixed itself to where it wasn't killing memy neck worse. At some point I felt a real big pop in my neck and it began to feel better from there.

Wellll, last night I was messing around with my hair deciding on how short I was gonna cut it, and I moved my neck so I could flip my hair behind my shoulders without using my hands and then I heard and felt that really loud pop again and within half an hour I had nausea, skull splitting headache stemming from my shoulders and neck up to the top of my head, moving made me want to vomit, my hands felt tingly and all that.
I managed to weeble my way to the bathroom to let the water hit my neck. I knew that if it were my neck that the stream and heat would make it ease up a bit and sure enough I was right. I have left over anti-inflammatories so I took one of those, which helped further.... But still had the headache, although a slight one and that sensation I had had when I first messed up my neck.

Today...it's mild but this has me wondering if I should be calling my primary to be referred to a doctor. If i'm gonna be feeling like this again what should I do? I don't want it (surgery) to ruin my summer and I have a lot of plans since last summer it was all post poned due to a surgery un-related to this.
At the same time I know I should probably get help cuz it's probably going to get worse. Being the tomboy I am i have the thought about trying to go climbing on the rocks and falling during a camping trip or something.

So should I wait, or do it now
I'm just wanting some opinions from others
I have my own opinions, but not sure which one I should lean towards....ya know?


  • It's a good idea to see your Primary for an assessment and possibly x-rays and an MRI and a referral to a Spine Specialist. 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
  • Lots of us have crunching and popping sounds in our necks but yours seems to bring on a lot of unwanted symptoms and are very distressing to you. If you put it off chances are its only going to get worse and don't you want to know if things have changed in your neck.By the sounds of it it sounds like there's more to your problem then just a disc problem. Get it checked out sooner then later. Thats my opinion!
  • AS much as I hated the doctor that had originally seen me, he might be right about needing surgery. He pointed out on the MRI, that I was starting to have degeneration in my spine and that wasn't good either.

    the whole reason with me not liking him and prolonging further treatment is this,
    I understand that I looked like total crap, I had had 3 or 4 hours of sleep and was in too much pain to worry about removing my makeup the night before which made removing it in the morning really hard to remove it completely. I was hurting, and didn't want to be sitting up like you have to when you're waiting to see the doctor. But his bedside manner was bad, he had an attitude and was treatig me like I was some drug-head when I was there. I did the MRI and started physical therapy like I said, but i never did a follow up bc I'm actually really sensitive to how a person talks to me, and I was afraid that he'd yell some more bc neck traction made me sicker than what it actually helped..so I wouldn't do it. I mean if he would cop an attitude like I wasn't agreeing with him, what would he say if I wouldn't do neck traction? ya know?

    BUT that aside, I wonder if i should go back to him.. I wasn't even referred to him by my primary, this spine doctor is in the same office as a doctor I had seen for my arthritic wrist and the ladies just set me up an appointment that way with the spine doctor.

    I know I can't go on with this pain thats set back in.
    Have any of you had neck surgery? My biggest concern is not being able to move my neck like I need to. Or having to have my neck immobilized. I have a phobia of my neck and head being held or immoblized. I've been reading on this site, and it's been asking some questions. but where would I find about surgery and healing and movement?

    Sorry this is a long reply, but I have a lot on my mind.
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