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Hello everyone, I'm hoping someone can give me advice.
Finally, 3 months after getting hurt at work, I've been able to see a decent doctor that sent me for an MRI of my neck and was diagnosed with a 10mm Chiari 1 Malformation, disc bulge at C5-6, cervical stenosis, and a reversed cervical lordosis.
Now, I'm only 20 years old, never had many serious problems with my neck. But since I got hurt, I've had the worst neck pain at the base of my skull and the worst it gets the more other issues will pop up; like pain radiating from my shoulder to elbow in my right arm, random tingling in my palms, fingers and toes, a severe headache that makes it feel as if my brain is rattling around in my skull. When the pain gets really really bad I find myself having to physically hold my neck up with my hands because it will fall forward. I have a good number of other symptoms that align with the chiari malformation.
We figure the onset of symptoms happened when my patient yanked me down during a combative episode. I'm still off work, but school has started back and I'm in classes from 11am to 9pm and the strain has almost killed me (almost passed out while driving home).
My doctor tells me she doesn't want me on pain meds because I'm so young and keeps telling me to just take OTC pain relievers. I have 600mg Ibuprofen and I'll take 2 of those every 8hrs, but it never touches the pain. I can't sleep in a bed anymore, laying straight or with a pillow hurts so I sleep in my recliner. She says the only thing she can do is maybe some shots, possibly pain management, or to just release me from her care (she's an orthopedic). I'm hoping she will refer me to a neurologist or PM instead of releasing me because I don't know what I'll do.
Has anyone else had these issues or diagnosis? Would pain management be feasible or should I try getting a referral to the neurologist first?