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Hi there my name is Brad. I am a 28 year old male from Arizona. I am new to this forum and new to this entire process so I have lots of questions. I have suffered from what was thought and diagnosed to be “migraines ” back in 2006 when I was in a car wreck which caused a severe concussion with a brain bleed (forgot the medical term sorry) and I have had headaches ever since so naturally my doc said my “migraines ” were from that and over the years I've tried almost every migraine medication out there with no success and everything gradually getting worse and worse and I noticed my neck was hurting worse and worse and the headaches and neck pain head a direct link so I got my family doc to send me to a migraine specialist about 6 months ago and she did an MRI on my neck because surprisingly I had never had one done on my neck after the wreck. The MRI results were shocking to say the least. The MRI showed 4 bulging discs at C3, C4, C5 and C6, with 2 bulging into the spinal cord and 2 bulging outwards, a bone spur at C2 going outwards, spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis in the same areas and a few other things. Everything makes sense after finding that out. I was referred to a pain management doctor who says cervical epidurals are the first treatment and go from there. Does anybody else have these problems? If so what treatments did you and and what worked? I am afraid of surgery, but I'm also tired of being in pain 24/7. Just any advice would greatly be appreciated!


  • joowee40joowee40 Mississippi Posts: 99
    I don't have the migraines but have all the neck and shoulder pain and had my first shot a couple wks ago and it didn't help. I just wanted to say I'm sorry for your pain and I can commiserate and I hope u find some relief. Have you had a shot yet?
  • Thank you for responding. No I have not had a shot yet. It has taken me 6 months being referred to one specialist to another to get to my PM doc about a month ago and that was just the first get to know you type of appointment and talking about a plan and then getting the approval from insurance to do said plan. I'm supposed to get my first of 3 epidurals on December 9th, but the epidural can only target one specific area at a time is what I was told do he's going to start with the C6 which is what he says is the worse (even though I was told by another doctor that my C5 and bone spur on C2 were the biggest issues) and go from there. He did give me Percocet for the pain though, but started me out on a low dose and it's not really helping and I'm nervous about asking for more, but the pain has just flat consumed my life. I have been told that my age is probably why it has taken so long to get any help because the issues I have shouldn't be happening in somebody so young, but they are and have been for years. The “process” sucks that's for sure! Ok pitty party over lol. Sorry.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I can understand your nervousness.
    And you do not need to ask for increase in med.

    Honest communicatin so important, so when you explain the relief or lack of relief from medicatin, doctor will decide if increase necessary or change of med...
    He will take your information and make the decision.

    Pain management can be trial and try again, and what shows to be ineffective is also helpful in giving doctor information, and getting closer to appropriate treatment and medication plans.

    It's very good you are working with specialist, I think.
    I like my PM doctor very much and have learned to trust the process.
    It's not always easy for me, but I'm glad he is n my corner.
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  • Hello!,
    I have Chronic Migraine as well as Cervical Spinal issues & am just a few years older than you at 32 (albeit female!).
    Have you been on Triptan medication in the past for the migraines/head pain? Some examples include Relpax, Imitrex, etc...If so, did they help at all?
    I also just recently received a Cervical MRI after over 5 years going to a Physiatrist for my Chronic upper back pain. He kept on telling me he didn't think an MRI would show much, if anything, and that most of my cervical & thoracic problems were just musculoskeletal in nature.
    Turns out, the MRI showed I have degenerative disc disease from c3-c8 with bone spurs, herniation/central protrusion at C-6 (also seemingly my worst area) , bulging disc(s), straightening of the cervical spine, etc.
    I decided to make a new appointment with an Orthopaedic Surgeon/Specialist & have one for later this month. I also am seeing a new Headache Specialist in January.
    Do you feel comfortable with your new PM doctor??

  • I've tried all of the triptans there are along with all of the anti seizeur medications they have and they didn't work my next step was going to be botox injections for the “migraines ” which is why I was sent to the migraine specialist, but once I got my MRI and found all the problems which include everything Lesaly has except for the actual herniation. My discs are only bulging at this point, but 2 are close to rupturing so HOPEFULLY it was caught in time to stop that, the migraine specialist determined they weren't migraines they're severe headaches caused by my muscles in my neck spasiming and causing the muscles on my skull to spasm and then causing headaches from my head pretty much being squeezed all the time and I was put on a muscle relaxer which stopped the headaches for the most part THANK GOD. Now it's just trying to control the pain coming from my neck being so messed up so I can try to do physical therapy which will hopefully fix it without surgery. My PM doc seems like a really good doctor and knew pretty much what all of my symptoms were without having to tell him. As long as I don't violate my PM contract which I won't I think he'll do everything he can to help me. He's the first one to actually listen to me and not just dismiss what I was saying as I'm just trying to get a fix. I FULLY understand that a lot of people do that, but when somebody needs help they need help pure and simple and too many doctors are to e jaded to listen to somebody. I just want my life back which includes being able to play with my 3 young children and I don't care what the docs do as long as it works.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
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