My neck was broken when I was 16. C-2 broke in two places and I walked away from the car accident. I was in a halo vest for 5 months no surgery. Now I am 42 and the pain is getting progressively worse. I can tolerate mild daily pain. It's the acute episodes when the pain is so severe and my shoulders muscles get so tight. I wake up in pain and can not sleep. At it's most severe i wear my neck collar, if i cough i get an electric shock type feeling shooting down my arms. I feel tired from trying to hold my head up, if that makes any sense. I don't want to just keep taking pain killers. I feel the doctors don't understand how much pain I am in. I need advice in new treatment options. has anyone had experience with TPI?
MRI results 7/29/2015
There is mild straightening of the cervical spine. Otherwise, alignment is
maintained. Degenerative changes at the atlantoaxial joint are present.
Vertebral body height and bone marrow signal are maintained.
There is disk desiccation at C5-6. The visible spinal cord is unremarkable in
signal and morphology.
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