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Tiffanyw07TTiffanyw07 Posts: 2
edited 05/19/2015 - 9:55 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
New to this Group ... I have recently been in car accident where I was hit by a car on my drivers side door... I previously had back n neck pain when I was pregnant with my 2nd ... 2 yrs ago... Always dealt with it. Recently been seeing a chiropractor for 3montjs due my accident ... It did not seem to make a difference . So I stopped going. I wanted a a MRI so I asked for them to order one for me. Came back I have 2 budlging disc c4 & c5 ... Nothing came back in my lumbar MRI which I'm surprised because I'm in pain. Is this a good reason why I'm in pain? I do ice n heat that's helps for the time being n also take over counter meds.( Bayer & ibuprofen )Does not seem to help at all. :( I'm afraid to go to my pcp as she may say this is no big deal and you can just keep taking ibuprofen ... She has said this to me with a different situation... Just brushed it off ... So I'm very anxious to go n make an appt. I'm 28 yrs old n just in pain constantly :( ! Any advice would be great


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  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 335
    edited 05/20/2015 - 2:06 AM
    If you feel this way about your own GP, u need to think about finding a new one. This is your life; TAKE CONTROL.

    I'm sorry, scared or not, u need to seriously see your GP and get a referral to speak with a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and/or Orthopedic Surgeon. That should be your next step. Don't play this off as nothing.... You could very well need surgery. Pls do NOT delay. And while you're at it, stop seeing a Chiropractor for now. Depending on the situation, it could be the very wrong Doctor to be seeing.

    Doing nothing shouldn't be an option. Keep us posted.

    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • None of that will have a lasting effect because you can not get to the nerve. It is too deep. Nerves are also protected by layers of muscle and other tissue. The relief that you are experiencing if any is because you are being distracted by something that is pleasing to you and endorphins are kicking in.

    A TENS unit can provide relief via a different mechanism but that relief will also stop shortly after using the device. I used to carry one to work and also leave one at home. I shocked myself as much as I could but doing it too much will bring about its own problems, chiefly causing pain to the area being shocked. I would still recommend getting one. They can be purchased at a drug store for about $50.

    Best wishes,

    Wolfpack SVB
  • There is a lot of trial and error that goes on when a person has a cervical condition and various stages of care that a person has to go through. Let's shoot for the best in all of this and hope these bulges shrink through physical therapy, stretching and a relaxed lifestyle for the next six months. That is about how long a bulging disc takes to go back to normal. That doesn't always happen, in some people the bulge gets larger and eventually breaks open. I would love to know how your condition is nine months from now, that would also be a good time to get a new MRI.

    "No big deal", you will get that from a lot of people including yourself but you should not get it from the doctor or from anyone that has had a nerve injury. My response to people that have mentioned something similar to me is for them to hold their arm in fire for 24 hours every day for months on end and then come back and let me know how it feels. And during that time continue to work and provide for your family. It's no small task. In contrast it is something people should be proud just by getting through it.

    The key on the personal side of this is to stay productive throughout the entire experience and have relief along the way.

    On the medical side you need to start carrying the baton for yourself and drop your current doctor if need be. That does not mean that you tell the doctors what medicines to prescribe or what treatments to do but it does mean that you are fully engaged and that you look at each attempt at care with a critical mind. Think in terms of 30 days for a particular medication. If the one that you are on is not providing relief then at your next visit let your doctor know that. For physical therapy you need to think in terms of 3 to 6 months.

    Hoping your discs go back to normal.

    Best wishes!

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Because your doctor "brushed off" something you mentioned to him before, doesn't mean all your future communications to doctor will be treated the same way.
    You must explain your continued symptoms and continued pain. And also that the OTC medications are not effective.

    I have learned to express my concerns and ask doctor what he suggests. If doctor didn't mention referral to specialist, I would ask what he thought about it.
    You need good communication with doctor and that works both ways. You must push through your fear and give doctor all the information.

    If doctor has no comment on referral, I would ask for referral to a specialist.
    There are so many other tests doctors can do.
    When my pain management/neurologist took over re' my spinal issues, he immediately started treatment to relieve my pain. Then with his further tests and the results helped him to better treat me and better know how to medicate me.

    If you feel that your doctor seems to ignore your symptoms , feel that he is not interested in investigating your pain source and or cause.....you may want to get another primary care doctor.
    As Doug, above, mentioned, with your spinal issues discovered, you do need to see specialist. It can't be ignored.

    If I was feeling..afraid...to speak to my doctor, I would give a little thought as to how that fear developed.
    I understand you felt...brushed off.....but I would double check myself..... if I may have been overly sensitive during particular visit? If I had difficulty communicating through all the pain I was experiencing ? or in any other way, I may have misunderstood doctor?

    I would try to see if I, myself, did anything to contribute to my feeling afraid to speak to doctor. I would not want to have this being afraid to continue, with current doctor, and with future doctors who I will be dealing with.

    I hope your appointment soon and I very much hope you find pain relief soon.
    I would be very interested to know how you are doing.
    Please keep us posted.......and remember, you are not alone!

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  • thanks to all responses ... I have had previous pain with my lower back n hips when I was pregnant n I completed ignored it that was 2yrs ago... I get very anxious about expressing my feelings n such... Do you all think ... That a 2 bulgde disk is a big enough reason for my pain? Thanks again
  • If you look up the Mikasa pain scale how would you rate your pain and where is it in the body? Is there numbness involved?

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