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neck pain, painful muscles, difficulty swallowing

Could someone please help me with neck complaints? I've had xrays taken but now have to wait over a month for results because my doc went on holiday. Meanwhile the pain is getting worse and i'm thinking of maybe going to a chiropractic. I got a disc with the xrays but obviously being no doctor i cannot make sense of it.

Complaints i have are:
Pain, dizziness & electric sensations sometimes when moving neck backwards, loud crepitations around C7, tingling and occasional numbness in left arm. Very tight muscles around larynx, lots of mucus, chronic nasal drip & allergies.

My doctor gave me valium for the muscle spasms but i had to stop taking it because of apnea.

I've also had swallowing difficulty for a while now. Had a barium test done 6 months ago and results was slightly slower functioning of oesaphagus than normal. I think it's been getting worse, it feels like the swallowing reflex is repressed, it hurts, and my voice sounds strange after i eat or drink something. Also lot of coughing. Could it be just tense muscles?

Could anyone help shed some light on this? So i know where to turn to next?


  • LovetrotravelLLovetrotravel Posts: 296
    edited 07/31/2012 - 2:40 PM
    Welcome to the boards..No one here has medical training to provide any diagnosis and such. We are just pain patients like yourself.

    Unfortunately though, they are not going to see very much with a X-ray. That will only show whether there is a broken bone or not. Were you in an accident or did the pain just start coming on...

    Personally I would stay FAR away fron a Chiropractor as they are not a medical Dr. and until you find out what is wrong with your neck, this could actually do more damage and even cause paralysis if you have something like a disc herniation.

    The most sophisticated test and the gold standard for spine issues is a MRI. This would show whether you have disc problems.

    That being said, those tests still only show one side of things as most people over the age of 25 start having spinal changes and many people can have even herniations and not feel a single thing as they resolve on their own. So it just "seems" like there are a lot of people that have serious issues that lead to surgery when you come online to boards like these. The other 85% of people with a spine issue have it go away or easily resolved with non operative measures.

    What Dr. are you seeing that ordered the X-ray? You really need to see a Board Certified Neurosurgeon. Don't let that scare you about surgery...it's just about seeing the most highly trained Dr. in cervical spine issues and can help you go from there whether you need traction, injections, physical therapy, medication, etc.

    I can completely empathize with the neck pain as I've had 3, two-level, cervical fusions the last 11 years. And still have 3 active severe herniations in my lower cervical/upper thoracic and lumbar regions.

    And valium can certainly relax muscles but it's primarily an anti anxiety medication. There are actual muscle relaxers that are more effective like Flexeril, Robaxin and Skelaxin to name a few. But it could be they wanted to use the valium to help you relax more about the swallowing issues.

    The other type of medication that many people with spine issues will get are nerve pain medications. These are Neurontin, Cymbalta and Lyrica.

    Either way...you are in the beginning stages of diagnosis...and even if there are bulging/herniated discs there are many modalities to help you that are non operative so that is good news.

    So...my suggestions are to find the right Dr. first and then get the appropriate test of the MRI and then go from there for treatment.
  • Thank you very much for your detailed reply. It's much appreciated. And i'm sorry to hear you have so much pain from herniations.

    My GP ordered the x-rays, I currently live in Holland, and here everything has to pass by the GP first. You cannot go to another doctor or specialist unless you first get a referal from the GP, and then there's long waiting lists. Except for chiropracors, osteopaths and others which are considered "alternative medicine"here, you can just go there.

    Yes i think the valium was given to me as an anti-anxiety drug as well, because my GP tried to put everything down to stress. Well i am a little bit stressed, so it could be part of it, but i think there's more to it. I had a whiplash some years ago ( with similar neck complaints), and recently had another near crash, so i'm thinking something might have gotten trapped again.

  • And I wasn't trying to say that everything you have going on is all because of stress....just maybe the feeling of not swallowing...

    Does your GP have plans on ordering a MRI? Can you ask him to do this? I guess with any country and their health system there are pluses and minuses as nothing is ever perfect:(

    That will really be the more definitive test to see if there are any real spine/disc issues going on.

    If you can get a massage, acupuncture, or even some physical therapy done without waiting for a referral....this may be some helpful things in the meantime. As mentioned...it's certainly up to you with doing chiropractic treatment but I just would never do this without knowing what is wrong first. And even then for me, I just don't believe in that practice but I know many do.

    I'm sure the waiting and not knowing is adding even more stress (again...just in general...not the cause of everything) so hopefully you can do things like gentle exercise each day (walking) or aqua therapy, or even gentle yoga to keep your muscles from getting too stiff but not injuring anything further.

    Keep us posted...
  • with regards to chiropractor before you know what is going on, I definately wouldn't go. Maybe try the osteopath since you don't need a referral, maybe the can get you some relief. I have use chiropractors before and used one extensively when I was running marathons. Already had the beginnings of DDD but no diagnosed herniations. The chiro relieved a lot of muscle pain in my upper back and I finished the marathos so I do believe they serve some good. But only when you know what the issue is, agree MRI is a must.
    Good luck and let us know what happens with you. Hope you get some relief.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • thank you for commenting lovetotravel and davrunner. I will try to get an MRI, but might take some persuading and waiting. GP first has to refer to specialist, then specialist has to decide if MRI is deemed necessary, so that will take weeks to months depending on waiting lists.

    I think i will skip the chiropractic for now, dont want to risk a hernia, especially since having hypermobility i think there might be an increased risk?

    Acupuncture sounds good. I did a bit of searching in the area, and found an accupuncturist who is also an MD with not too long waiting list. Hopefully this helps for some painrelief. In the past i had good experiences with acupuncture to treat bladder infections which i used to get over 5 times a year, never returned!
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