For past year and a half I have been battling with chronic pain which was caused by a car accident, and for past 6 months I have been finding out little by little what is wrong with me. One Dr would tell me I have arthritis and he also said pain is due to my age! I am only 36! Another Dr told me I have DDD and 4 bulging discs, he didn't say exactly where, I only know there is 2 in my neck and 2 in my back and I also lack a natural curve in my neck. It basically goes at a straight angle and then curves just a little bit towards my skull. Symptoms I have are numerous but the main ones are tingling down my right arm, stabbing, burning, shooting and tightening pain in my neck, shoulders, and mid to upper back.
I was on Vicodin and Cyclobenzaprine but over time I think my body got too used to them and the Cyclo. didnt work so I stopped taking those and am now on Tramadol and Ibuprofen which works pretty well except when I have the "bad pain days".
I have tried several treatment options which include acupuncture, which caused pain and tingling in my mid back, two different PT clinics, test injections to see if a Rhizotomy would work, my Med Dr advised me to not go on with the Rhizotomy, epidural which almost didnt happen due to the Dr barely able to get needle through my vertabrae in my neck, hot pads, cold packs, topical ointments, and TENS unit. None of it worked, only time I felt pain free was when I was injected with novacaine before the injections.
I have seen numerous Drs but none of them have referred me to a Neuro and I had to fight for a year to get an MRI. I have an appointment with my Medical Dr next Friday so I will get referral to see a Neuro and I want another MRI.
I do have 2 questions and I hope someone could answer. On a MRI what do white spots on vertabrae mean? Orthaepedic Surgeon said it wasn't anything to worry about but it does worry me. Second question is, is there a name for the neck lacking curvature? I tried to look up information online but I didn't have much luck.