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I need some advice on this Cervical issue...:)

PollyRPPollyR Posts: 411
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had a MVA on the 16th of Nov of this year....It injured my neck and upper back. I finally have an apt on Monday Dec. 6th with a Dr that is "devoted exclusively to advanced interventional pain management."


1. Does anyone have any knowledge of this kind of PM Dr?

2. In your opinion, in regards to cervical issues, does it make sence that the only relief I get from all the pain is when I lay down?

I have been using my heating pad pretty much all the time, it helps a little.

I am just nervous, as we all are, about new Drs and new treatments.

Sorry for any mis-spelled words...I am hurting right now..:)


  • Polly have you been to an ortho or neurologist for this? I haven't been keeping up on all the posts so I apologize if I missed this. I wouldn't go to a PM until you know for certain what is going on.

    Yes it makes sense that laying down brings relief. The neck has to support the weight of your head in addition to all the complex movement that it does. Again if you know what is wrong then this type of PM will probably look to do injections or other procedures to provide some relief.

    Hope you find some relief.
  • Hello Kris....my lawyer has sent me to this Dr...I have only had X-rays done at the ER the night of the accident....Thank you for your answer about laying down....I so look forward to going to bed at night now!!
  • PollyR said:
    Hello Kris....my lawyer has sent me to this Dr...I have only had X-rays done at the ER the night of the accident....Thank you for your answer about laying down....I so look forward to going to bed at night now!!

    A lawyer is not a medical professional, and I am not sure I would allow for a 'lawyer' to direct my medical testing or which doctor to go to, especially with known symptoms of your neck and upper back. I would call him and tell him you would be more comfortable with seeing a spine specialist to rule out serious issues *before* going to a PM as well.

    Hopefully whiplash is all that is going on, and you will start feeling better, but why chance it Polly? It can't hurt to call and ask to be sent to a spine specialist. Please let us know how it goes. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I agree with the suggestion to see a specialist. I don't have a lot of faith in PM doctors. I saw one of the highest rated PM's when I lived in the DFW area and he completely misdiagnosed me. He gave no sound information, he also made his elderly patients cry.

    I felt overwhelmed by pain and confusion when I came here a few days ago. I do not have the serious issues that most of you all have. Not to appear rude, but I would like to avoid most of those problems. I think the best way to do that is to find out if there are structural defects to address before just dealing with pain and accepting it as part of life....You owe it to yourself to put yourself first, you are the only you, you have.

    Just my two cents :)

    Down't worree aboute spelling I caint always speel good neeethur!!


  • Good Morning Brenda....I feel the same way and called the Drs office to aleviate my fears, and there are many:), and they told me that they specialise in diagnostics. They send people out for MRI's and also do discograms and Mylograms(sp?) to help with that. I am just praying that he doesnt want to do drastic measures....you know what I mean..LOL..I dont want to be cut on anymore!! Thank you my friend for the hugs..you KNOW I love getting those!! :):) I hope you are having a low pain day!!

    Hello Lavender....I know what you mean, it kind of worried me when I found out he was a PM Dr. I am willing to try anything to get my pain level back to normal....I just realised what "normal" is for us chronic peeps...LOL..kinda scary!! :) Thank you for the spelling comment...that made me laugh!!

    I will keep you updated, you know that, and I will ask if I have any other questions..my specialty..:):)
  • Oh and I forgot to add a few things.....
    I am keeping a "pain" journal so that way I can show the Dr what has been going on and I was having some really scary kinds of pain in my neck yesterday. I will try to describe it...

    In between the base of your skull and the little hump on the upper back, I was getting these electric/stabbing/catching pains yesterday. Not just when moving while I was working but just sitting...it was a very bad feeling!
  • Those pains you're having in the back of your neck, do you think they're muscle spasms? Are you taking any muscle relaxants?
  • Morning Cath...I am on Flexril(sp?) and I had on a lidoderm patch so the spasms had calmed down a bit...I think thats why I could feel this new one SO much! Does that make any sence??:) How are you Hun??
  • Good, I'm glad you've got some muscle relaxants. They're invaluable to us, aren't they?

    I'm ok, fighting some upper neck problems myself. I've got a disc bulge, facet swelling and edema at the right of my C3/4 that's giving me fits. It's getting a bit worse and can now feel a lump on the back of my neck.

    But I'm waiting to see my surgeon in January so I can start whittling away my deductible, but will refuse surgery until I'm on my deathbed. I think they'll want to do injections, but hopefully I can just get by with some anti-inflamatories for a long time. I also need to get an x-ray on my lumbar to check fusion, etc. But it seems to be doing pretty good.

    Thanks for asking. Hope you're doing ok - I'm anxious to hear how your doc appt. goes.

  • Hello Cathie, I am so sorry that you are going through all of that!! It gets very draining sometimes!! Please lt me know what they do for your neck and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!

    And I will let you know...Thank you!!
  • Lavender,

    Rude? Why do you think you might have been rude? *I* don't see you that way just so you know. You reinforce what I posted to Polly - find out what is going on structurally, or physically before going to the land of "PM."

    No offense taken here. You posted very valid points! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I'm glad to hear that this doctor isn't just a PM, and they might be able to find out what all is going on for you. I see you're taking muscle relaxers and using the patches as well. Like Cathie said, a lot of what is going on might be spasms from the whiplash. Please let us know how it goes.

    Fingers crossed that you continue to feel better woman. *HUGZ* :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I agree with seeing a specialist, before the PM. Find out what the problem is first before trying to find a way to ease the pain.

    Also the lying down part, like Kris said, you are taking away the pressure from the weight of your head on the neck area (a person's head weights 10 pounds), kinda like if you were in traction.

    Take care and dont let the ins.co. tell you what doctor to see.
  • Thank you Jim!!

    I have posted an update in a new thread:)
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