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C6/C7 fusion one year later C/5C/^ herniater doctor won't treat

mryan626mmryan626 Posts: 2
edited 01/16/2014 - 10:45 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am a 33175lb male athletic I was injured in a car accident over a year ago. It was found through mri about 4 months from injury date that my c6/c7 had a severe right paracentral disc herniation with intense right arm pain. After my surgeon reviewed they brought me in for discectomy and fusion on that level. I had the surgery it the immediate recovery was tough. Since then my arm has continually weakened and fingers have stayed very numb. The neurosurgeon that assisted in my surgery saw me afterword and said numbness may stay or get better with time most importantly when I take my shirt off my right chest muscle has dwindled away to nothing I\'m right hand dominate I was measured and my right arm is 3\" smaller than my left. A few weeks ago I was driving and started to have pretty nasty pain in the top of my shoulder my trap muscles with a feeling like I have a hot coal in my chest. A lot of rapid twitching in my shoulder and bicep. I went back to doctor and received a steroid shot in my shoulder that did nothing even while numb so I was sent for an mri. After the mri I was given a report (I had never seen one before) On this report it says I have unconvertible joint hypertrophy with nerve impingement at c4 and a small central disc herniation at c5c6 that is contacting my ventral spinal cord. So at my next appointment I went in and the doctor reviewed my mri and came into room and said \"you mri is fine. Doesn\'t show any issues I don\'t know why you are having pain\" I questioned him about the report he said everybody sees mri\'s differently and that he saw no reason for any treatment. I am continually getting weaker with horrible tension headaches 3x/week and after seeing a cardiologist and my primary care doctor about the burning in my chest they said it\'s probably from my neck. I bickered with the doctor about how bad it hurt what a hard time I\'m having and that I need treatment. I am not a drug seeker I take no narcotic medication at all(except day of surgery)yet He refuses to treat it or send me to a pain specialist just stale mate not even another appointment. I am a state law enforcement officer the injury happened on the job so it is a workmen comp claim. This doctor is known to be very conservative which is fine, but also has countless poor reviews and is the doctor the state uses to testify against comp claims. Now I am working light duty so I am not looking to get out of work and not looking for meds why can I not be treated at all no help whatsoever. Even when I had the initial injury he told me I it took him almost 4 months to order an mri and when he opened his words were \"holy xxxx we have to get you into surgery. I\'m very scared at the moment that I am not receiving the best care with myself and my family in mind and I could get even weaker and more pain and headaches with no help. With workers comp if I start to try to change doctors it looks like I am doctor shopping. I\'m a respectable man with a respectable position and a real injury. If a steroid shot/injection anything would help me even 20% isn\'t it worth it? I know you can\'t read the mri and you are hearing one side of the story, but what would be your opinion am I overreacting to the pain and injury? Is he not treating like he should? Is it bias? Any information you could tell me would be helpful I understand I can Google everything regarding the injury just want real opinions. Also do you think that with all the muscle loss numb fingers headaches that it would be safe to go back to full duty job in law enforcement?

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  • NrwichNNrwich Posts: 2
    edited 01/21/2014 - 11:29 AM
    Hello, It's upsetting when a doctor suddenly stops providing adequate care. Do go to the pain management doctor and find yourself a new spine surgeon. This doctor is in the business of denying people care. Don't bother trying to explain your pain or
    or argue. If he doesnt want to help just move along. Its in your best interest. Good luck.
  • Blaksheep78BBlaksheep78 Posts: 5
    edited 01/24/2014 - 11:10 AM
    Hows it going?
    A few years back I was going through similar issues trying to get to root cause of some episodes, long story short, I had a C1/C2 fusion.....Don't take no for an answer from a doctor, go see another doctor or get to a specialized hospital system of sorts. I was referred from a good hospital to EDITED To remove facility name- they researched and researched till they found the problem and fixed it. I can get you the doctor(s) names if you want to make contact with them and see how it goes. Good Luck.

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  • Thank you guys for all your input and interest. I have another appointment tomorrow we will see what this doctor has to say again. I plan on making an appointment to see another specialist this week. Things have been crazy I sleep less and less makes everything harder to get done. Will update soon. Thanks
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