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Neck pain

Hi new to this forum hope I can be of some help.
Two years ago I fell down stairs, tripping over my mothers small dog.
Was admitted to Hospital on a spinal board, where I had various scans to diagnose the problem.
Fractures at C5, C4 and the adontoid peg were diagnosed, after Doctors speaking at length with specialists from another hospital regarding the scans. None of them could decide as to weather the fractures were new or old?.(might I add I had never knowingly suffered any previous neck injury)
Despite excruciating pain etc the Doctors decided that the injuries were old ones and sent me home with a soft collar and some Paracetamol tablets.
In regard to this episode, there was no follow up appointment made by the Hospital.
I am now unable to work because of the associated problems the injuries have brought about.
The major one is severe neck spasms and violent pain, in extreme spasms I cam totally black out for a number of minutes.
After being admitted to hospital following a black out, the conclusion was reached by a senior Orthopedic surgeon,that there was nothing that they could do surgically, to rectify the problem as it would be too dangerous.
Since then the only referral I received was to attend a pain clinic.
I now take Codeine phosphate 30mg, Amitriptyline tablets, and Diazepam tablets to ease the pain.
This also means I cannot drive whilst on these tablets
, (never drive unaccompanied just in case).
Pain hasn't gone away,on the most recent referral to hospital,the response was "sorry there is nothing further we can do for you, you will have to learn to live with it".(including a finished career at 52).


  • Kiki48KKiki48 Posts: 196
    edited 05/31/2013 - 2:56 PM
    Aww Stoby, I'm so sorry, I don't know if this will help you where to decide to go from here...I didn't know how serious my c-1 and c-2..anyway if this helps I'm glad.
    I went to an orthopedic surgeon, had x-rays done of my shoulder. Doctor told me everything was fine and had me do PT. Which I followed everything they told me, went when I was told. It made the pain worse and worse. Went back to the doctor and was told there was nothing more he could do for me. Told me not to move my arm the way it makes my shoulder pop and hurt. So I stopped looking because I was told there was nothing wrong. So I'd have to deal with it. And I did for 15 more years until it got disabling. Long story short, after MRI's and various treatments that I faithully followed. There was nothing else to do but manage the pain with meds. Until recently I went to a doctor who specializes in the Atlas and the Axis, C-1 and C-2. He's the one that had percise enough x-rays to see how serious my problem was with them. My Axis because of the way it is is hard to see on the x-rays. He is treating me. He is a NUCCA Doctor. Which is a non-traditional Chiro. Very gentle on the neck. You can google NUCCA. Reasearch is key. You can also PM me if you would like to know more about my experience so far and to what degree my severity is.
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