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Recovering from a neck injury (c7 issues)

Hi all.

First post. 

I want to say up front that I've read a few threads here and my symptoms pale in comparison to what some of you discuss. You have sympathies. 

About 2 years ago I fell playing soccer and hit a wall going backwards. 

I broke the spinous process on my C2. No main vertebral damage. No surgery needed. Wore a removable collar for 6 weeks and then doctor gave me the all clear. Went back to work (desk job) and about 6 weeks after that I noticed I was getting light pain and feeling of tightness on my ring and little finger on my right arm and in my elbow. 

This went on for months and over the last year has progressed to pain and tightness my neck and trapezius muscles on the right side only.

I fixed my posture in work and changed my mouse hand which seemed to help but I'm not sure. My pain seems originate around my c7(not my c2) on the right side (which explains the ring finger nerve pain).

About 4 months ago, at my wits end, I visited a physio that gave me an exercise program to work on the neck muscles. She also massaged the areas of pain, which helped, temporarily. However after about 6 weeks I really didn't feel I was improving. I'd have a few days of respite but then back to square one.

At this point (about 18 months post injury) I got an MRI which came back normal.

I then changed physio again who was a specialist in neck injury. She gave me a number of strengthening exercises and indicated I should feel better in 3 weeks! Music to my ears.

However I'm now 5 weeks later and don't feel I'm getting better. I do stretches and exercises 3 times a day. At this point I'm wondering what the point is.

My physio indicated that my symptoms indicate nerve irritation rather than damage so I'm not a candidate for surgery. But part of me feels like I've done damage that somehow isn't visible on an MRI. Although I damaged my c2 it seems everything now is sore from the c7 and spreads outwards.

I'm really down about it all and just want to find some activity that will help that I can then focus on. At the moment I get very short periods of respite but then end back up where I was.

Any advice?

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    hello quarryman

    please click on the link for useful information

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Ok thanks for that. I've read it. 

    I'm looking for anyone who might have been in my situation or has an opinion on it. 
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    quarryman

    Have you talked with a spine surgeon, either neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon?  I realize that you are getting more than one opinion already, but what I don't see is that you are saying that they know what is wrong.  That seems like the first step before proposing a 3 week PT that will solve everything.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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