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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have been reading the posts for a while and thought it was time to introduce myself. I'll start with my story.

I was getting out of my car at work Dec. 10th of last year, hit black ice and went down, hitting my head on my running boards. I had a really bad headache and when that started to subside the severe pain in my shoulder hit with numbness in back of my neck about level with my shoulders. Went to ER and they told me to go to an ortho. I had MRI on shoulder
wich showed slight tendonitis. As I have had impingement in both shoulders I new that wasn't it. I switched to my regular Dr who said nope it's your neck and sent me for a cervical MRI. It showed a little bulging, spodylosis, DDD. The Dr. said nothing major for my age,37,sent me to PT.That helped some of the tingling in fingers and back of neck but didn't really help a lot. So on to the Neuro for an EMG which showed something was slightly pinched in neck. My reg Dr couldn't do any more so I was sent to a spine center in Boston.
So here I am a year after my fall and there is really no change. i was on amitriptaline for a couple months but Dr wants me to go off to see how it is,and tramadol. I still have tingling in my fingers, the the tingling and burning in the back of my neck that tends to go all the way down to my fingers. It feels as though my arm is a foreign body, not really attached to me. Sometimes I have throbbing pain in my hand or wrist. I have no restrictions and being a wife and mother of three I do everything even if I'm in pain. I am frustrated and just want to be back to normal. Sorry this is so long!


  • to the forum and please never apologize about a post being long....that is one of the reasons why we are here....to post and help each other. You will find alot of support and understanding from our amazing members here. If there is ever anything that I can do to help you then please feel free to PM me and just let me know.

    Are you facing surgery of any kind or has it even been discussed with the new doctor? What is your treatment plan right now? I wish you the best of luck in finding some relief for your pain , I know exactly how you feel with those symptoms. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing.....take care....Miki
  • All the Dr's are saying that it doesn't warrant surgery and I've never had surgery so I'd rather not start now. My treatment plan is kinda in limbo. The ortho in Boston wanted me to go through their PT program but WC won't cover any more PT. He wanted me to go off the amitriptaline which ran out on Tues. to see how it was. Well, I'm taking the tramadol every 4 hours again which makes me hyper so most nights it's either sleep or pain.

    I feel like they all think I'm being a baby as not much showed up on all the test.I have made it through impingement in both shoulders and an articular cartilage tear in my knee and managed to fend off surgery for all. I'm a Reiki practitioner so I am very aware of my body and I'm very good at mind over matter. If I stay busy I don't notice the pain but the second I sit still the pain comes crashing in. I can't sit and just watch TV. I have to be doing something (reading, puzzle books,etc.)
    I'll probably call the Dr Monday and tell him that I'm off the pills(which hadn't helped very much the last month anyway)and I'm right back to square one. I'm not sure what the next step is. My major concern (and what no Dr will answer) is how long does it take for nerve damage to be permanent. I don't like taking meds (my 3 children are proof of that,oops)and have no plans of taking them for the rest of my life. I just want to be fixed and get back to a pain free life like I'm sure evryone else here wants.
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  • Hi mom of three. I am a mom of three as well and know what it is like to not be able to rest your injuries. It's bound to make us stronger, I think! I'm pretty new here and also new with my injury (1 yr-no surgeries and barely a dx of facet jt syndrome) but your tingling in the arm and the feeling of it being not your own, that sounds like pinched nerve. Have you tried traction? I take tramadol as well (37.5/325) during the day. It doesn't make me drowsy but it does mess with my moods. Sometimes I feel very happy & loving and other times I feel very low and dark. I think it's the tramadol that accentuates normal moods. The night of my car accident I still had to care for my 8 month old all night, and every day & night since. The only time I had "off" was when I was strapped to a backboard in the ambulance and at the hospital ER. After that I was back on duty full time, pain or not. I take vicodin in the evening to relieve pain and I pass out every night from fatigue. My husband doesn't even know the extent of my pain! When I wake up in the morning I rush to coffee (which relieves some of the headache) eat something and take a tramadol. It's a treadmill of pain. I hope you don't mind my comisserating on your topic.
  • I am a lot luckier than you, my kids are 17,14 and 10 so they are not as much physical work and it came in very handy that my oldest got her drivers permit the day after my injury. I was on percs then and she was happy to be a chauffer to her drug induced mother. The tramadol doesn't make my feel loopy so I can now drive myself, thank god, I was ready to start taking more drugs just to get through her driving. I can't image doing this with small children. I think my Dr thinks that I sit home and wallow in my pain(obviously he has NO clue what a mothers job is). The only thing I have stopped doing is riding my 4-wheeler due to the law says I have to wear a helmet and my neck says "Oh, I don't think so".

    Yes, I've tried traction and it didn't do a thing except cause me more pain. It also messed with my TMJ.The therapist was the one that suggested I see a specialist because he couldn't do any more for me. My husband has had a herniated disk in his neck and back but I think he forgets how much of a miserable #$^&@#$ he was.

    I have been out of work since Sept due to my work falling prey to the recession. I just started back to dog training which I hadn't done since I got hurt. I can't call in cuz I'm the boss and I need to have a clear head so I don't look like an idiot. I just deal with the pain grabbing hold of big dogs and crazy puppies.
    Well I should get back to cleaning up my Christmas mess. Good luck to you I remember the days of young children and you never get time to breathe never mind heal. I used to love it when I was sick and the Dr would say to go home and rest. Are you kiddin' me, that's the last place you can rest. Just remember that unless the queens coming to visit the mess will still be there when you get better.
  • Thanks! You made me laugh. My husband also has back issues-lower back. My three sons are 9, 5, and 1.5. If I had a daughter I might feel some nuturing but I've got four boys and big or little they don't slow down when mama is sick. At least working with doggies you must laugh alot. Dogs are just the best. Mans best friend cause they make your heart melt! And laughter is the best medicine. Thanks again! :))(
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  • Hi there to both of you ladies...
    I too had a car accident in July of 2007. I have been through way to much to explain in this post but some of my signature does explain a bit of how my life has been.

    before the car accident I had a Workers Comp arm injury that lasted 3 1/2 years....It was very painful and I had a lot of nerve injuy stuff going on in my arm. No neck issues ever. Not til later...

    I feel for the both of you to have to deal with this for a year and fell as though your not making any progress with your medical issues...

    The fact that the both of you are moms and married just amazes me as well because I think back to all I have gone through the last 5 years of being a Chronic pain patiente and I just do not know how I would have done it had I had to take care of a hubby and kids... I a 39 and not mariied and no kids...so that did make thing chalengin in another way.

    km...when I was on workers comp for my arm injury it was no fun at all to deal with...Do you have a WC attorney??? Maybe it is time to get one. I know whiel I was on comp I really had to be my own advocate and be down right pusshy and persistant to get what medical attention I was entitled to!

    Iactually had 4 surgeries on the left arm while on comp and was very excited to get off comp. I worked hard to get off there watchful eye. the nerve pain in my arm was very awful and at times I wanted to disconect that arm from my body because it was so bad...

    Unfortunatley...About 2-3 weeks after getting off all medications for the arm and all the PT to get my arm better...and being excited to get back to work I had a car accident that injured my neck...

    Then the whole mess started over again with a neck injury and an attorney...
    My neck was as you described...burning and aching and really bad pain.

    As of now i have had two surgeries on my neck and feel better but still have one things going on I am not sure what it is...

    But I wanted to just share a short version of my experience and let you know if either of you need support please feel free to pm me and I will be happy to respnd!

    This road of chronic pain and injury is not one that we need or have to travel alone thats is for sure...
    This board has helped me though so much of my experiences and the people here are all so great to reach back to you when you need some advice or even just to vent...

    Hope to see you all around tha borad...
  • Thanks for the support. I do have a lawyer but he hasn't been much help. I just settled with WC but they have to still pay my medical. I tried to explain to my lawyer that I wasn't comfortable settling because I didn't feel any better but he said it was the best thing to do. Maybe now my Dr will think I'm really in pain and not just out for money. The DR says that I don't need surgery because not much showed up in my MRI and I would rather fix this without surgery. i'm going to call the Dr on Mon. and tell him that as he asked I went off the amitriptiline and am now back to taking pain pills every 4 hours. Maybe I can get him to do another MRI or something. I would just like some test to actually show there is something wrong. It's so hard to explain to him what the pain feels like. I did figure out that the pain I feel in my neck sometimes feels just like a bee sting. It's hard to explain that my whole arm feels cold but burning, tingling, and throbbing all at the same time. Thanks for listening to my complaining. I, of course never tell my family how horrible I feel most of the time. Nobody wants to listen to a whiner. I just put on my smile and go on with the day.
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