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Nerve Pain And A Headache

CinnamongirlCCinnamongirl Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
In September a nerve somewhere in my neck pinched. I'm guessing it's the one between C6 and C7. For 2 months I had burning searing pain and numb fingers with all kinds of other fun symptoms. Slowly the burning started to ease up and the numbness faded but, tenderness remained. After a month of relief it started getting more and more tender until I was almost back to where I was in September.

Lately I've been having a lot of weakness in my arm. It literally felt like jello the other day. It's been twitching like crazy in one spot too. And since then the pain is driving me crazy. I've got restricted movements. Like lowering my chin sends electric burning sharp pain down the back of my neck ..to my shoulder blade ..out to my shoulder and down my arm.

Tonight the pain in my neck has given me a headache that's driving me crazy. I used some pain relief cream ..took some ibuprofen ..used the heating pad and then the TENS machine. Now the ibuprofen is wearing off and my headache is coming back and the neck pain is too. I'm going to bed soon but, I really needed to come here and vent because, it's really kinda bringing me down. I'm so tired of contending with this. I try to talk to family about it but after awhile what can they say? It's just so frustrating.
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  • How long has it been since you have been to see your dr? Forgive me for not following all of your posts, but you seem to have some history already on your neck. Have they talked about any surgical options? How long since your last MRI? You may have had some changes in your neck since the symptoms started. Can you call your dr get an appt to discuss new symptoms & pain?

    If you haven't had a NS/OS consult it may be a good time to considerone.

    I had very similar problems prior to my ACDF C5-7. I am having new/worse problems with my left arm. Lots of nerve pain and after some use I literally loose the use of it.

    I have told my PM about we are trying the Topomax (helps the nerve pain quite a bit actually) and I see my NS on the end of the month). I am trying to finish up my thoracic spine problems first but my stupid neck keeps coming back.

    I have found that using some of the Lidoderm patches taped down to stay on really help my arm pain. I also put the tens directly on my arm- helps tremendously.

    Feel Better,

    Julie
  • JulieA said:
    How long has it been since you have been to see your dr? Forgive me for not following all of your posts, but you seem to have some history already on your neck. Have they talked about any surgical options? How long since your last MRI? You may have had some changes in your neck since the symptoms started. Can you call your dr get an appt to discuss new symptoms & pain?

    If you haven't had a NS/OS consult it may be a good time to considerone.

    I had very similar problems prior to my ACDF C5-7. I am having new/worse problems with my left arm. Lots of nerve pain and after some use I literally loose the use of it.

    I have told my PM about we are trying the Topomax (helps the nerve pain quite a bit actually) and I see my NS on the end of the month). I am trying to finish up my thoracic spine problems first but my stupid neck keeps coming back.

    I have found that using some of the Lidoderm patches taped down to stay on really help my arm pain. I also put the tens directly on my arm- helps tremendously.

    Feel Better,

    Julie
    Hi Julie and thank you for responding. It's been quite awhile since my last MRI. As in years. This nerve pain is a newer thing.

    I've been to see a nurse practitioner. She thinks it's a muscle spasm. It's been 6 months and I'm still dealing with symptoms not to mention weakness. Somehow considering I have bad discs.. and she's never looked at my MRI's ..I have to keep insisting.

    I just moved and this nurse is someone new I'm seeing so, she's not familiar with any of what's going on with me. That kinda adds to my frustration. When you KNOW what you're dealing with and the professional just disregards you without tests.

    I've been using a TENS and also putting it directly on my arm at times. It's soothing to use. I use ibuprofen which kinda takes the edge off and makes it a little more bearable. I used to use lidoderm patches for my LS spine. My insurance didn't want to cover them so I got samples from my doc I used to see.

    Every now and then the pain and the limitations really get to me and frustrate me. I get so freaking tired of dealing with pain. And I try to suck it up and not say anything to people when we're out and about and I'm in pain. I can only go for so long. And I wait and wait to speak up because I don't want to hamper everyone else's fun or turn all kinds of attention to my pain. So, I pretty much will only speak up if it's to the point where I can't keep quiet anymore and I need to sit right now. Such is the life of chronic pain huh? It can be a real drag sometimes.
  • Is dizziness a common symptom in this case too? I've developed dizziness now. I have 3 weeks to wait before I can get my MRI.
  • Hi I noticed you've written you had many many cortisone injections, have you had these in you c spine? I had 2 yesterday, same symptoms as you, crazy headaches that make me vomit, serious nerve pain, numbness tingling in arms and hands, I fully sympathize with you! Especially in your previous posts about not wanting to hamper your friends fun! I'm 27 and do way way too much and constantly push myself to do everything my friends do.
    Anyway I just wanted to say your not alone :)

    Rach xx
  • Rad1234 said:
    Hi I noticed you've written you had many many cortisone injections, have you had these in you c spine? I had 2 yesterday, same symptoms as you, crazy headaches that make me vomit, serious nerve pain, numbness tingling in arms and hands, I fully sympathize with you! Especially in your previous posts about not wanting to hamper your friends fun! I'm 27 and do way way too much and constantly push myself to do everything my friends do.
    Anyway I just wanted to say your not alone :)

    Rach xx
    Yep I've had injections too but, mostly in my back and hip and I didn't have the kinds of effects you're experiencing. I'm sorry you're going through that. It really is such a drag when in a group you have to stay back or whatever due to pain. And trying to explain it to people? I end up feeling like such a downer. Thank you for responding and I hope you feel better soon!
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