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What is really wrong with me?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Okay, long story short, almost two years ago I was in a motor vehicle accident. Three weeks later I had the worst migraine that would not go away. I went on multiple drugs (now I am on Ultram and Cymbalta only and take muscle relaxers as needed). I have tried chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, massage therapy, I've had nerve blocks, trigger point injections, Radio Frequency, and wore a neck brace. The neck brace actually helped the best.

Since getting better, the pain comes and goes. I am averaging 2-3 days a week where I just hurt. Alot of it happens as a result of the way I sleep or the position of my head/neck. I find that if I lay on my side, I am doomed of a day or two of pain. this is most depressing because I have as long as I remember, slept on my side. If I can keep my head completely straight while I sleep, and do not change positions, I wake up fine.

As far as the pain I have no, well sometimes I feel this dull achy pain deep inside of my neck. maybe the middle of it, and it goes up to the base of my skull. Sometimes also touching it (when my husband massages it) near my spine it hurts. Then there are my shoulders. Oh my goodness you would think I work out alot because I get really bad muscle spasms in my shoulders. My husband almost brings me in tears when he massages me. Its a good pain though if that makes sense. Then of course with all the tension in my neck and shoulers come the tension headache. Sometimes I even feel like I got hit in the back of the head with a baseball hat.

I don't know what is wrong with me. I had whiplash from the accident, along with straining my neck muscles. I have been told I have cervical spondylosis with a tiny bone spur. But the butthead of a doctor told me that would not cause me such pain. he was the same doctor who told me the pain was in my head. Anyways, my latest diagnosis is fibromyalgia, but I thought that was every where in the body. Also, I sleep just fine. The problem I do have with sleep is waking up in pain.

I am wondering if anyone else suffers this type of pain? If so, do you have a dignosis? Does anythng work to relieve the pain? It is so depressing. This whole ordeal has changed every aspect of my life! You better believe I hired a lawyer for this! But that is not what is important. What is important is geting rid of the pain!


  • Hi and welcome to spine health!!!

    Sorry you had to go through so much and having pain.
    It could be the bone spur causing your issues. Especially when you say if you lay the wrong way you pay for it. Could be piching a nerve. PERSONAL OPINION. Here on spine health we are not medical professionals. We can only give you our own personal advice.
    Now I have fibro. For my DX I went through a ton of blood work, xrays, bone scan and the 18 tender point check. I have 15 out of the 18. You can check out our fibromyalgia fourm on here. It has alot of great advice.

    Have you been to a orthopedic (spine specialist) surgeon yet for a opinion??? I just am not a neurosurgeon person. I have one for my thoracic disks but with that ya kinda have no choice. But for my lumbar and cervical I am more comfortable with the orthopedic. But everyone has their own personal opinion on that one to. You will see/read some just use a neuro some just a ortho.

    So if your able due to insurance/money get another opinion if its interrupting your life style and causing you pain.

    Hang in there
    If you need any help at all getting around the boards etc please contact one of our moderators.

    Terri >:D< >:D<
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering with such pain issues. you seem to be at the end of your rope. :O perhaps finding like minded people will give you some comfort. good luck as you seek relief! Jenny :)
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  • holmesla,

    I just wanted to ask a question. After your accident did you get X-rays of your neck?

    The reason I ask is because my issues started from a motor vehicle accident as well. I fractured my C7 in my accident but didn't know I did this until about 3 months later when my neck was in severe pain. After my accident is when my migraines started as well. I developed bone spurs C3-C7 as a result of my accident. I also had the shoulder pain which I found out later as well that I had torn the bicep tendon off the bone in my right shoulder and torn the labrum in my left. The rotator cuffs in both shoulders were torn pretty bad as well.


  • holmesla,

    Certain docs are trained to deal with whiplash related pain issues. They are generally in the Pain Management field.

    Welcome to Spine Health.

  • I had neck problems for 10 years that I could control with Motrin or the occasional trigger point injections done in the doctors office. I now have Fibro, and my neck and upper pain and spasms are through the roof. I've read a lot that Fibro creates a heightened sensitivity to pain (and noise, light, etc.).

    I've had three cervical MRIs in the less than two years. I've got a large spur, bulging discs, DDD, spinal stenosis and arthritis. Still, I'm not a candidate for surgery. I never have a pain free day. The oral narcotics are losing their effectiveness. I may be going on the Fentanyl patch, but I'm terrified of that.

    I think it's possible that your Fibro could be increasing your pain, as well.

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  • I had similar symptoms to you, only in my case I had the pains developing over many years, treated by medication and physio. Then had an accident which has led to me requiring surgery.
    I think you need to hang on in there and find something to help, as @C@ advises, perhaps a specialised PM Doc.
    Hope you feel better soon.
  • Whoa, that's hard on a person late in the evening. It took me a few minutes to figure out what the problem was.

    "C" aka @C@
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