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Hello, I am a new member

My name is Karen or klynncool. I have a twisted spine, degenerative disc disease, my rib cage has shifted, my hips are rotated and my neck keeps getting stuck in one position....either facing right or left. Also, one leg is significantly longer than the other. Needless to say, I am in a lot of pain every day and I only find short reprieve from the pain by either using a heating pad or ice.


  • You have come to the right place.I am having Alif L4L5S1 surgery on lumbar spine next wed.Are you having surgery or are you still trying out different pain management?What ever it is you will find your answers here.Good luck Kathy
    Kathy B
  • Kathy; Thank you so much for your warm welcome. No, I'm not having surgery.....yet. My neck keeps getting stuck either to the far right or far left and it takes me fifteen minutes and me moving my neck slowly by centimeters to get my head facing forward again. I'm wondering if I do need surgery. Do you have any experience with what I just described?

    Thanks, Karen
  • It sounds as if you need an MRI? Do you have an appt w/ a md soon for your neck? You need a proper DX as to what is going on. Neck pain makes me miserable, I have a bad back also, but when my neck goes out ugggghhhh-you poor thing. Welcome aboard
  • Hello Kristen; Thank you so much for your warm welcome and your advice. I never thought of an MRI, so that is great advice. I do not have an appointment as of yet with a doctor for my neck as I also have chronic major depression and getting out of the house (or even bed, for that matter) is very difficult. Especially in the winter. However, I will take your advice and make an appointment with my doctor about my neck. Also, and maybe you can relate to this, but often I am so scared of what the doctors might tell me that I just avoid going to the doctors to avoid the bad news. I know, not healthy........but perhaps human.

    Thanks again for the welcome and the welcome advice.

    Have a blessed Thursday, Karen
  • no i dont have a problem with my neck but you should have MRI and see a good surgeon.It sounds like something is going on that shouldnt wait. good luck Kathy
    Kathy B
  • We all get scared, but we just have to face it... Think about the life you are missing out on since you are at home in constant paint. Make an appointment ASAP so you can get these issues resolved. Let us know when your appointment is and what type of doctor you are going to. If you can, I'd recommend going straight to a specialist but I know some insurances don't allow that in the USA and other countries have their own set of rules. Regardless, go to the doctor. We will encourage you along the way. Welcome! (and make that apointment)
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Be sure that not only should you make an appt to get your neck looked at but also you want to be sure that your depression is being treated as well. As you know, there are alot of treatment options out there for depression so that you can get out of bed and be functioning and feeling well. Depression is a contributing factor to pain so you want to be sure you have an appropriate balance of your treatment. Depression is a difficult thing to deal with, so I wish you well with that. Dont be scared to get your neck looked at, it could simply be a pulled muscle and you will be well on your way to feeling better. You can start by seeing your PCP and he can refer you to another Dr for your neck if he feels its necessary. You do not need to see a surgeon first as that should ALWAYS be your last option for treatment, there are so many steps to take first before surgery. So good luck and keep us posted.
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