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Chronic neck pain with radiculopathy - worried doctor isn't taking it seriously

woods767wwoods767 Posts: 1
edited 12/15/2015 - 5:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone,

For the past 2 years I have suffered from cervical radiculopathy. Saw my family doctor as I was having very bad neck pain with referred arm pain and he diagnosed me with cervical radiculopathy at c6-7. He just gave me a script for physio, said he had the same thing in the past, and that this would make it all better. I went to physio for about 4 months, which helped slightly with the arm pain but my neck was still very bad. In June of this past year I was involved in a car accident (I was not hit, but had to swerve off the road and went into a ditch). I saw my doctor the next day and he diagnosed me with whiplash, gave me a new script for physio and some samples of Vimovo which did nothing.

I haven't been able to start the physio until now due to financial reasons. Needless to say, I have been really suffering. Since the accident I have had 3 occasions with very bad spasming in my neck and thoracic spine area. This has been bad enough that I've been unable to touch my chin to my chest. I have tried multiple different NSAIDS, muscle relaxants, $85 muscle relaxant cream, even Tramadol that my mom had a few left of - with no relief. My concern is that my doctor isn't taking this seriously. I work in a doctor's office, and I know that the particular doctor here would order imaging right off the bat if a patient had chronic neck pain, especially after an MVA.

What do you guys recommend that I do? Should I book an appointment with my doctor and request imaging, or should I just go to my physio and see if he would recommend it to my doctor? I'm not interested in narcotic medications. I would just really like to get a definitive answer of what is going on and why I have so much pain at only 26.

Any advice/comments would be appreciated. Thanks :)

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  • I would think that it's time to get an MRI or something.

    In my opinion, I think it would be beneficial to see what's going on with your spine because it may dictate the course of PT treatment. The last thing anyone wants is the PT person to do something that would further aggravate the problem.

    When I got my MRI results and told my PT what was going on, she laid out a plan and explained it to me.

    Good Luck!
  • SDMamaSSDMama Posts: 3
    edited 12/15/2015 - 10:04 PM
    I have an appointment with my primary tomorrow to ask for a referral for a neurosurgeon. I have only been seen by my pain management dr and he brushes everything off and says it's nothing that an epidural can't do something about it. I wish he at least sent me for pt. I had to ask him a few times to order an Xray to make sure the acdf hardware isnt causing any trouble. I had C5/C6 fusion 18 Mos ago. Now I have symptoms worse than ever. Was doing great until these past couple months
    You know how ur feeling more than anyone. If you feel it's more serious than your Dr may think then def seek another doctor. Goodluck with everything!
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