HI Guys I am new to the forum but not new to literal pain in my neck.
Please bear with my long story I do have a few questions in there..
It all started 6 months ago when I started getting a pain in my chest and started having a little bit of numbness in my left arm, I did what anyone does these days and googled what that means...basically it told me to rush to the ER...I thought nah couldn't be that bad I am young and in good health, a few weeks later it was worse...decided to go to the ER and they ran every test in the book and everything looked good, so they sent me home. Told me to go to my primary doctor and a cardiologist. The cardiologist found nothing, I had no primary doctor as I was only in the state for a few years and healthy. Finally got in with him, thought it was in my head, but the pain persisted, finally he sent me for x-rays, then an EMG and then finally an MRI which showed a large herniated disc at C6-C7. I was sent to pain management got some basic meds and that I needed an injection. Got the injection, and a week later was no better and actually a little worse. The pain doctor, said he figured that was the case but they have to try before they go the surgery route. So he referred me to a neurosurgeon. They booked out 7-8 weeks....Tried to deal with the pain for a couple of weeks but decided to head back to the Pain doctor as it was getting worse, he upped my drugs and put in a call to the surgeon to see if I could get in sooner, They were able to get me the following week. Saw the Doctor and agreed that surgery was the best route, gave me the paperwork and I just needed approval from my primary to schedule the surgery...
Now this is basically where I am at, I went to my primary doctor and he did the routine checks they do, I got an EKG and that was good and then went for a blood test. The doctor got the results and said my Creatinine value was a little high...He thought maybe it was from the Gabapentin, as i was up to 6 300mg a day. and he wanted me to come back in a few days and do another test...I did that and it went up a little more .03. Now he is concerned about me getting the surgery due to my Kidneys... Has anyone else had this type of response to gabapentin? Is my doctor being overly cautious? I am in a lot of pain and really do not want to push off this surgery any longer, but of course I don't want any complications.
I told you I did have a couple of questions, thanks if you made it this far into my story I appreciate any help or suggestions. I know you guys are not doctors just looking to see if anyone has had anything similar happen to them?****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 11/16/15 09:02 est