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Chronic pain for 15 years due to car accident

Mag_ic786MMag_ic786 Posts: 1
edited 01/09/2016 - 8:32 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am a 37 year old male. Regular gym (weights/boxing) and sports since early teens. In 2001 I had an accident where I went into the back of a vehicle at approx 50mph, the vehicle I hit was travelling at 10mph.
I was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown forward. At the time I had no serious injury, a slight stiff neck and nothing major showed up on X-ray..
For a few months after I had severe neck pain, severe spasms which would start on one side of my neck, spread to the other side then onto my traps and down my middle back. I would be crippled for days unable to move in the slightest without stabbing pain in the neck.

To this day my neck is a disaster, it will go into spasm if I hold a loaded shopping bag for a few mins, or if I sleep wrong, or pick up my child for long enough, or sit on computer.. Sometimes just the weight of my head causes severe neck pain. (My head is in proportion with the rest of my body)
I am so prone to these spasms that simply doing shoulder press, side raises etc with light weights of 5kg will send me into spasm. Flat bench press of any weight also leads to spasms, however on the incline bench I can load 100kg without too much pain.
At its worst the pain travels down my arms like a pulse.

I've seen physios, chiropractors, had an Mri and seen neurosurgeon. All I've been given is pain meds and some stretches. It's ruined my day to day life to be honest, there is so much I cannot do.

How can I fix this?

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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  • cancer67ccancer67 Posts: 1
    edited 01/11/2016 - 10:36 AM
    Hello, i have had 5 lower back surgeries and 3 neck surgeries due to a bad car accident in november of 93. i have many ct scans xrays, physical therapy sessions and medications since then. i recently had a 3rd neck surgery because of bone spurs in my neck. i had the surgery july 8 2015 and was home on july 10 2015. i felt fine for the first few months after the surgery and then in september i noticed numbness and tingling in my left arm and fingers that were not there before and also on the left side of my face. i have to make a fist on my left had to try to make the feeling go away. i saw my doctor on november 17 for a check up and he told me that they may have caused some nerve damage because of where they made the incision. i dont want to have another neck surgery and i have yet to do physical therapy because they want me to wait, its been 6 months since the surgery and i feel worse now than before the surgery. i just want to know if i will have permanent nerve damage. i cant do to much house work. i have severe headache with double vision that i have to sit down and i still have popping and cracking in my neck. it used to be only the left side of my neck hurt but now its the right side with the tingling on the left side of my face sometimes. i want to work and do other things and i am limited because of the pain. i am 48 and feel much older than that. i dont like taking pain medication but in this case i do. i take percocets but i have constipation with this meds. has anyone else had nerve damage behind your neck surgery. i had a revision on levels c3-c6.
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