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No curve in neck....

Mrs.NBeckmanMMrs.NBeckman Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I recently got some answers for all the pain I have been in, im very thankful for this. it turns out i have no curve in my neck. I found this out from a chiropractor, he did an x ray. unfortunately my insurance is nearly nonexistent, and cannot continue going. Anyone have any experience with no curve in the neck, any advice you can pass on?
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  • Having been a helicopter pilot for over 30 years, I lost the "lordosis" (curve) in my cervical spine many, many years ago. That in itself doesn't necessarily cause neck pain or radicular issues. See my avatar = no curve.

    The loading is different sure on the spine, but not always a pain generator. Have you had an MRI to see if disks are causing issues? I lost my curve almost 20 years ago, but the pain didn't start until disks started to herniate....

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi,
    My problems started a while back-maybe a year now with shoulder pain when i slept on my right side. I just figured i was sleeping wrong on occasion.

    In march the pain became so intense and lasting through the day affecting my adl's so i went to ortho. dx was shoulder impingement and cortisone inj. this helped for a while.

    went back 3 weeks ago-it was unbearable-saw a different ortho in same practive-he said nope this is your neck-took xrays and my cspine was straight as an arrow. he said it was because i was in such a spasm. C45/C56 without the appearance of any disk space problems.

    round of prednisone, ultram and volume, pt (mostly massage) and fianlly dared to go back to chiropracter last night.

    the pain in the top of my forearm is mostly resolved but now the numbness is almost constant. i still have pain in my shoulder and lower neck but also not as bad. PT says i need an MRI. Revisit ortho on Thursday and will see what he recommends.

    I have delt with L45/L5S1 and SI pain for 20 years and avoided surgery with acupunture but have never had the radiculopathy like i am having now. I am so scared to have surgery. I have never had any before.
  • bonnie1990 said:
    Hi,
    My problems started a while back-maybe a year now with shoulder pain when i slept on my right side. I just figured i was sleeping wrong on occasion.

    In march the pain became so intense and lasting through the day affecting my adl's so i went to ortho. dx was shoulder impingement and cortisone inj. this helped for a while.

    went back 3 weeks ago-it was unbearable-saw a different ortho in same practive-he said nope this is your neck-took xrays and my cspine was straight as an arrow. he said it was because i was in such a spasm. C45/C56 without the appearance of any disk space problems.

    round of prednisone, ultram and volume, pt (mostly massage) and fianlly dared to go back to chiropracter last night.

    the pain in the top of my forearm is mostly resolved but now the numbness is almost constant. i still have pain in my shoulder and lower neck but also not as bad. PT says i need an MRI. Revisit ortho on Thursday and will see what he recommends.

    I have delt with L45/L5S1 and SI pain for 20 years and avoided surgery with acupunture but have never had the radiculopathy like i am having now. I am so scared to have surgery. I have never had any before.
    Having exact same symptoms as you, how long has yours been going on for?

    Do you have any finger pain?
  • Mike
    I have been having the increased and intense pain for about a month now. I have had no pain in my fingers, just to the top of my forearm and shoulder.

    I saw the chiroprater on monday night, not expecting an appointment but got an adjustment. yesterday i noticed a little less pain but an almost constant numbmess in my right hand and suddenly a little numbness in the left.

    all i took last night was 1 valium and today i have had nothing! the pain today is minimal and the numbmess is back to only the right side and not quite as constant. I almost feel dare i say normal?!

    Seeing the ortho tomorrow am, pt again tomorrow afternoon and chiropracter on Saturday. The chiro actually said 3 treatments would resolve this...he may be right-lets hope.

    do you have pain in all your fingers or just some? what about numbness? have you had treatment?
  • Hi Bonnie,

    Have you seen a neurosurgeon? I had 4 opinions before I had my surgery. In my case it was from a bad car accident back in 1990. I had huge bone spurs that grew into my nerve root - complete compression in 3 spots. And herniated disks/bulging disks - some almost bone to bone. I would recommend you seek out an opinion and get an MRI taken. How is the strength in your arms? I lost all use of my left arm - had 3 epidurals that helped but not for long. I too was scared to death of the surgery. Cried like a baby right up to when they knocked me out. I'm happy to say I'm 6 weeks post op, and very glad I had it done.

    Sandy
  • MRI today at 4. Reflexes are good. Ortho said I still look crooked. I notice trouble with some adl's like pulling up my pants or doing my hair, opening a door. Not sure if it's more weakness or pain really. So we shall see what MRI says. He did suggest possibility of cortisone injection. Now that freaks me out. Aside from the insurance bills I am racking up. Ugh. Debating trying to convert to work comp just because of the med bills.
  • With my situation I had to see first my reg doc who sent me to phys therapy and tried several meds. she eventually went to steroids and I had horrible side effects. When nothing helped she switched me to a pain and rehab doc and he did the 3 epidural (cortisone) shots. I'm super baby #1 for anything medical so instead of doing them in his office I went to an outpaitent surg place for all. They knocked me completely out with IV. I was scared still, but much better being asleep. Pain got worse for a few days and then better after each. But because I had so much damage the pain relief was short for me. With bone spurs grown directly and compressing nerve root there was no other choice than surgery. My surg was 3 level on 8-29. I am so glad I had it. So much better. As far as insurance I had out of pocket max of $2k - doesn't include dr co pay for visits. Absolutely no regrets. But I had 4 opinions on surgery. Don't stop at one. Get lots of opinions and go with your gut on what you also feel is wrong and where the pain is. Look up spine dermatomes to see which area of the spine is related to pain in other areas. That helped me determine where I really needed the surgery.

    Sandy
  • thanks everyone for responding, it had an mri but it was years ago, ive seen orthos chiropractors, reg doctors, so far no results. the pain is dibilitating, no pain medication helps, even when ive been on percocet for unrelated pain, it only took the edge off. I've been given muscle relaxers which helps a little but it takes hours for it to start helping. I have really strong spasms in my neck aside from the loss of curve......I cant sleep comfortably, im costantly buying new pillows, the only type that gives me any releive is a very firm memory foam style pillow.
  • I had an MRI that showed that I had no curve in my neck and this was listed as degenerative disk. The sad thing is that although it has caused me great muscle related pain, the doctors won't do a thing for the pain. The best thing you can do is some cable rowing exercises which has helped my greatly with muscle pain in the back of my neck. The trick is to find out how to fix the pain from the front of my neck. Remember that pain from the front will radiate to the back of your neck so don't get confused.
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