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help! cervical pain.

albby4321aalbby4321 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My boyfriend is 20 years old and has been experiencing cervical pain for some time now. He is a painter and works with heavy objects alot and brushes off his pain because of it, but his symptoms worry me. He comes home complaining of neck pain every night. I've been noticing that AT LEAST once a week the pain goes from his usual neck pain to headache, he begins feeling really hot, sore all over, and will usually end up throwing up. There is absolutely nothing I can do to help him when it happens, and none of the medicine he has taken has helped. He has been to a chiropractor who told him there is something wrong with one of the discs, but he refuses to go back there, or to a doctor. The longer this goes on, the more worried I get, if you have any idea what this could be PLEASE let me know.


  • First off, Welcome to Spine Health! You might get additional answers to some of your questions using the "search box" at the top of the web page. :)

    None of us are doctors so we can only offer suggestions based on our own experiences. You didn't mention any symptoms such as pain radiating out his shoulders or down his hands, nor if he has any numbness, or clumsy finger issues, weakness? Have you tried ice or heat? If his neck is warm, it could be spasms from his day to day work.

    The problem is if *HE* won't seek a medical professional, there's not much beyond that short of dragging him to his Family doctor as a start. If he thinks there is a disk issue starting, you might try and get him to either a Neurologist or Orthopedist that is trained in spine specialties. Hopefully it will only be spasms and tightness due to his repetitive work. I hope you can get him to see a medical professional. Please let us know how it goes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Welcome to Spine Health :)

    Brenda is 100% correct. Your boyfriend sounds a lot like my husband. Some men are not very good patients.

    If he is having any kind of numbness or tingling or pain in his arms/hand/fingers you really need to insist that he get an MRI and see a specialist.

    Did he get hurt on the job? Would this fall under a WC claim?

    Good luck with him,

  • what's happening for your boyfriend and the concern and worry of course you are having to see him go through so much pain. It's very difficult to witness someone we care for to be in pain and not knowing what can be done!

    I would suggest you sit down with him when he is in a stable space (not in the middle of the pain and feeling so sick) and tell him what you see he is experiencing...the symptoms he is having and clearly his body is saying things are not okay! You also may tell him how long it's been happening and that he needs to get to a doctor.

    Suggest setting a plan with him of who he could see, Primary Dr., and to get a full check-up. The Primary Care Dr. can take it from there on doing diagnostics, x-rays, blood tests; as well as Orthopedic spine doctor.

    Neck pain and headaches certainly can be related;
    stomach vomiting and hot sensations in his body may be systemic reaction to intense pain, but should not be assumed, nor can a person know unless he gets checked by a doctor and have diagnostics done.

    You can encourage him to make that appointment and mirror to him how you see him suffering and that it needs to be checked by a doctor; hopefully, he'll make that phone call, take the time off work and see a doctor.

    Hoping he doesn't delay and that he'll see it is not likely to resolve without proper treatment and doctor's care.

    Hopefully he'll do just that...remind him the sooner he does gets to the doctor, he can know what's going on and be further down the path, not with just answers, but finally receiving the medical care and treatment he needs...and feeling much better!

  • I am so sorry about your boy friends neck pain. He really should see a doctor asap. His symptoms are there for a reason and need to be corrected or things will only get worse and cost more to fix. The good news is you didn't mention any arm pain. Most neck surgeries will only relieve arm pain. His headache/migraine connected to his symptoms are very serious and should be discussed with a doctor. I can offer you some ways to help him feel better until he can get appointment to see a specialist.

    1. alternate heat/ice on back of neck.

    2. soak in a pool or hot tub. get the water up to his chin. I have chronic pain and swim and soak in a hot tub and this relieves pain.

    3. I was prescribed anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling which reduces pain. But he should ask his doctor first. These take up to five days to start working. Its like a maintenance drug to keep the swelling down.

    4. Heat patches from the pharmacy applied to injured area can help keep muscles relaxed. Lifting at his job probably hurts his neck more. His doctor may suggest no heavy lifting until he is healed.

    5. Massage therapy did wonders for my pain in the neck.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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