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does the pain actually ever go away?

tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:38 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm not really sure at this point!!! I've had a really bad aching in my shoulders and in my right arm for over a month and a half now,just thought it was because of the whiplash they said i had,but last week i started dropping things again with my right arm.That brought back some really bad memories of before my surgery so i thought i should go get it checked out.i saw a surgeon at my doctors night clinic,i told him about dropping things and my hand just feeling clumsy and he checked out my neck ,shoulders and arm.He said he's positive that my arm problem isn't coming from my neck.He told me that i bursitis in my shoulders and tendonitis in my elbow.He said because its already been one and a half months since i've had it that he's only giving me another month to heal,he said at the end of the anti inflammatories if i'm not better then i'll need more therapy and cortisone injections.he said that it most likely caused by the exercise routine i've been doing causing too much stress on my joints. I had therapy yesterday and now my therapist has to adjust alot of my exercises that i do so that my arm will heal.I don't know if all this will help but i'm hoping. I'm taking two different kinds of anti inflammatories,and using a anti inflammatory gel.I have a massage today so hopefully that will help some so i can rest.


  • Tammy,

    I feel for you and I have resided myself to the fact the pain will never go away. I have what I call my baseline pain now. Meaning that pain is there 24/7 and it is the pain I will have to live with the rest of my life. I have to mention it has taken a long time for me to admit this is the way it is. Now with that being said I have like you starting getting other symptoms. In April a MRI was done and didn't appear to be much on it, but I was to follow-up with a surgeon, for the continued weakness I am getting. For whatever reason, he didn't like those films and sent me for a myelogram with CT. It turned out to be a blessing as those films weren't clear and there is lots more going on that the films suggested. The positive thing is I am not going whacko on myself. My point is your the one who knows what that feels like the most. Trust your gut instinct if you know something is wrong, it more than likely is. I as you had some shoulder issues that happened in my accident as well. Once the shoulder was fixed it was so clear what was coming off my neck. I had indeed gotten the pain patterns mixed up and was no longer able to separate them out. At this point and time I really don't think you should be having pains from a accident still. If I remember correctly it has been a year since your accident. It just occurred to me has anyone ever discussed the possibility of removing your hardware. Once you are fused your hardware is no longer needed and it could be the culprit behind all the pain. I hope they do find soon what is causing your increased pain and can get you feeling better.
  • Hello - To answer your question - Yes- at times. I have had varying issues since I was 21. I had injuries that should have been better managed, but due to my attitude of looking after myself, and a couple Dr's who were not interested in finding a solution to this, I went for years, literally decades without any treatment. 15 years ago - I realized that pain was affecting my mood. As it increased, my sharpness increased. I tried very hard to shield people away from my anger. It was not towards them, but towards the pain.

    Now - years later - I have a lot of tools to work with the pain, and encourage other to look for those things that work for you. Meds are just one facet. Exercise and movement are another. Attitude can help how you feel about this overall.
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  • The pain will always come and go. I've gone very long periods of time with no pain and then some simple little movement triggers a nerve in my neck to get pinched or something and the pain will be back for a few days.
  • I started writing down every little thing I feel. I note the time, what i'm doing and what it feels like. In just one day I was surprised at what I am living with and this is on meds. Imagine what I would feel like without them.

    I think I can eventually resolve myself to the fact that I will have some pain from this stupid accident for the rest of my life. What is a challenge to me everyday is wondering if I should look for another treatment, stop a type of treatment, look to change meds, or stop meds and suck it up.

    I wish that I could live a life style that is stress free and carefree which I think would help reduce the pain. I would like to be free to decide what I will do and when I will do it so that I can stop doing something when it hurts. Is this going to happen --- no.

    I am seriously thinking of looking for psychiatric help to get me past the anger I feel over what caused my problems and how this has intruded into the rest of my life. If I end up with the surgery I would like to spend some of that time off from work getting my self together mentally so that I can take care of my body for the rest of my life.
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