Cervical subluxation with nerve pain

Cervical subluxation with nerve pain

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Cervical subluxation with nerve pain

Hello. I've just been diagnosed with a subluxation of C4 over C5 with disk space narrowing at C4-C5. I've been having neck pain for a few years with muscle pain, stiffness, and nerve pain radiating down just to the right side of my spine to the level of my shoulder blade. I don't have any problems with pain traveling down my right arm, but I did notice that I'm a bit weaker in my hand grip and ability to do an upward shrug when I tried to open a bottle of wine. My doctor has prescribed physical therapy which only offers relief for maybe 2 hours after my manual treatments. Unfortunately, because of my younger age (32), I can't seem to find a doctor or physical therapist to take my pain seriously. They always say that I'm "too young to have anything severe," and "everybody has problems with their spine." It's frustrating because the pain can get so severe that it wakes me up at night. Doing a head tilt (ear to shoulder) is nearly impossible because of the sharp jolt of pain that I feel shooting down to my shoulder blade area. End ranges of motion from chin to chest, tilting my head back, or turning to either side also results in pain. Does anybody else have anything similar? If so, what kinds of treatment are you receiving? I don't know what else to do and the pain is just unbearable. Thank you very much for your time and any information you can offer.

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pain management

have you tried pain management physician. They can be helpful with injections, and denerving procedures. If your insurance allowes it - you don't always need referrals.

i wish you luck, it is unfortunate that you feel you haven't been taken seriously. Go thru the hoops they set out for you - be compliant - perhaps you will earn their seriousness.

pfm

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Hello. I've just been diagnosed with a subluxation of C4 over C5 with disk space narrowing at C4-C5. I've been having neck pain for a few years with muscle pain, stiffness, and nerve pain radiating down just to the right side of my spine to the level of my shoulder blade. I don't have any problems with pain traveling down my right arm, but I did notice that I'm a bit weaker in my hand grip and ability to do an upward shrug when I tried to open a bottle of wine. My doctor has prescribed physical therapy which only offers relief for maybe 2 hours after my manual treatments. Unfortunately, because of my younger age (32), I can't seem to find a doctor or physical therapist to take my pain seriously. They always say that I'm "too young to have anything severe," and "everybody has problems with their spine." It's frustrating because the pain can get so severe that it wakes me up at night. Doing a head tilt (ear to shoulder) is nearly impossible because of the sharp jolt of pain that I feel shooting down to my shoulder blade area. End ranges of motion from chin to chest, tilting my head back, or turning to either side also results in pain. Does anybody else have anything similar? If so, what kinds of treatment are you receiving? I don't know what else to do and the pain is just unbearable. Thank you very much for your time and any information you can offer.

I don't see why age has anything to do with things. I would take you seriously. I would threaten to see a different doctor and make them listen. I was hit by another car over 10 years ago and she was going over 50 and my neck problems started. I was in my 30's when all my problems started and I am 43 now. They have said you seem to young to have these problems but after they hear I was hit by another car that tells them the reason. where you involved in any whip lash accidents over 10 years ago. They haunt you later in life.

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Thank you for your responses. I'm supposed to be referred to physical medicine after my course of physical therapy. I hope that they'll be able to help me. My doctor had prescribed nortriptyline for the nerve pain, but I stopped taking it after about a month. I informed my doctor that the medicine wasn't helping at all and it was contributing to blurred vision and feelings of constant sedation. At no point did it help with nerve pain, so my doctor agreed that it seemed pointless to continue taking the medicine.

Thanks for agreeing with me that my age shouldn't matter in this situation. I've told my doctor and my PT that my neck has been through a lot, but they still dismiss it. I've been in 2 car accidents since 2006 (both being rear-ended), and I was a gymnast and competitive dancer for many years. I'd love to get rid of this pain and continue to do the physical activities that I love and miss. It's been very hard coping with 24/7 pain, but luckily my family is very supportive and helpful.

I wish everyone constant wellness and relief from pain in their life. Many blessings.

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I have similar symptoms

Hi, my name is Jill and I am currently suffering from very similar symptoms as you, unfortunately! I am in my 30's and understand exactly how you feel. I do have an appt. with a neurologist today. I'll be happy to share with you what I find out. Also, I did send you a private message as well. I really hope you can get some relief soon, take care, Jill

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Thanks Jill. I sent you a private message. I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from the same type of debilitating pain. I know it's frustrating when nobody will believe you're hurting because of your age. I hope we both get lasting pain relief soon.

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Consider the source

Always keep in mind who is giving you advise. The physical therapist believes only physical therapy will work. The chiropractor believes in his treatment. And the surgeon believes everything is an operation.

I find that it helps to discuss what each one says with my husband and my parents. It also helps to bring someone with you when possible. Another set of ears is a huge help. Also make notes with dates.

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Thanks Kris-NY! You're right!