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sassy!0328ssassy!0328 PennsylvaniaPosts: 1
edited 10/12/2016 - 5:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i have several pain in my neck, shoulders right arm down in hands and fingers tingling. the pain goes up in my head. it's the worst pain ever. i don't know what it came from.


  welcome to spine-health

while you may have provided us with some information, there is always more to provide.

one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding to your thread.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns.  many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:

when did this first start

  • at what age?
  • was it a result of an accident or trauma
  • are there others in your family with similar medical conditions?
  • what doctors have you seen (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
  • which doctor did you start with? (primary care physician, orthopedic, ?
  • what kind of doctor are you currently seeing>
  • what kind of treatments have you had? conservative or aggressive ?
    • physical therapy
    • spinal injections
    • ultrasound/tens unit
    • acupuncture
    • massage therapy

what kind of diagnostic tests have you had and what were the results

  • mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc

summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them. how many different tests have you had over the years?

what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

  • name of medication
  • how long have you been using this?

has surgery been discussed as an option? if so, what kind)

  • is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
  • what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

providing answers to questions like this will the member community a better understanding of your situation and make it easier to respond to your discussion.

please take a look at our forum rules:  forum rules

i also strongly suggest that you take a look at our  faq (frequently asked questions) which can be found under your avatar or by going to faq   there you will find much information that will help you better utilize the spine-health system

please remember that no one at spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.

everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research. as such, no member is permitted to provide

  • analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)
  • medical advice of any kind
  • recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc

what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another. you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

liz, spine-health moderator



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello sassy...
    Im curious...what ideas did your doctor have?
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • sammy-maessammy-mae Edmonton Posts: 1
    I'm 66. Female. Diagnosed with arthritis in my 20's. Since then I have been plagued with joint point.
    I persevered through life. Gave birth to 3 boys. One was a breach birth. But all healthy boys. 
    I was an avid fitness fan. I swam, ran, yoga, attended various exercise classes. By 50 I was only running for exercise but Running turned to walking when my knees gave me pain.  
    I had severe neck pain & went to see neurologist when l was 50 (2000). I was told the risks were too high for neck surgery so I put that out of my head.  Exercise and movement were recommended. 

    Sometime in my late 50's & early 60's it became painful to walk. I needed to sit at intervals until pain subsided.  I felt betrayed by my body.  I had MRI's, X-rays, ultra sounds.  All confirmed I had severe arthritis. I went to rheumatologist who also diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was on plaquenal for several years off and on. I am off again since July.
    My quality of life has diminishing rapidly. I was on a waiting list to see an orthopaedic surgeon. 
    At 61, I met him.  I now was numb in my arms & legs and rife with spinal stenosis. After a repeat of tests, he said I was in bad shape with severe arthritis in all my joints.  He told me the most pressing issue was my neck. He recommended surgery - cervical C2,3 & 4.  Neck surgery was no longer too risky in 2011! 

    It was scheduled but I was bumped twice due to traumas that required the OR. 
    Finally January 2012 surgery day. Recovery was normal. I took water therapy at a local swimming pool with a certified water therapist - some of the numbness left.  I swam but walking was still a problem.
    Now that I had an orthopaedic surgeon I requested another appointment.  He confirmed my back was still a mess (compressed spinal cord & degenerated discs & nerve damage). Lumbar Surgery was scheduled this time. After a getting bumped a few times surgery was performed in July of 2014.  Lumbar 2-5. 
    Recovery was very slow. After 2 months I began taking walks with a walker. Progressed to using crutches & then walking sticks. (A cane proved to be too lopsided.).
    Winter in Edmonton is not good for walking so I started going to a "senior centre" thinking "if  I can't walk l should try yoga again. I also joined other gentle exercise groups. Through all this my husband has been very supportive. He walked with me & even joined the same exercise classes as me. I felt encouraged and determined to start a new chapter in my life. 
    For about a year everything was going well (or my determination perceived things were going well). 
    Some days were good. Other days were terrible. After exercise classes I would be incapacitated and sit in massage chair or lay on heating pad. After doing too much (making supper, gardening, shopping) - at the end of the day I would wallow in pain watching TV & sipping on wine. Wine seemed to numb the pain.  After I revealed this to my GP, she suggested I stop medicating with wine which I have stopped for themost part. I still had some oxcycontent left over from surgery but I used them only when the pain was more than I could stand. 
    Since then I've been treated for depression & chronic pain.

    I've Been to pain clinics, psychiatrists, mental health groups, several doctors & specialist.  I've consulted with personal trainers. My energy level is almost non existent. I don't know where to go from here. I know I need help. I want my health back. 

    Below is a discription of  pain episode: (mine)

    Pain is bad. I shake my head.
    Spears seem to pierce my head.
    Sit. Stand. Move. Be still.
     All I can think about is pain. Relentless constant pain. 
    Beyond aching. Encompassing. Spreading from neck & shoulders to head and down my arms; into my back & hips. Down my legs thighs, knees, ankles, feet, toes. 
     Not comfortable. I shift. That's worse. I change positions again. 
    My daily pain meds are useless when THE PAIN becomes so extreme.  Life is bleak - almost a blur. 
    People are talking I attempt a smile to acknowledge I'm still part of the conversation but can't recall what's being said. Eyes are tearing. 

    I stand up. I move around. Pain subsides for a few seconds. No it's back & pain envelopes me. Can't stand. Can't sit. I lean on the wall. 
    I dont have time for pain in my life. Go away. I'm screaming. No it's only internal screaming. No one hears. No one knows. 
    As I shuffle from one foot to the other I realize people are leaving. I manage a goodbye. They are gone. Tears escape & a few roll from my eyes. I take my pills. I lay down. Pain is still attacking me. 
    All hurts as pain burrows into my body. 

    I turn on the heating pad. 

    I shuffle my achy body from one position to another. 

    I pray & pray and I pray some more.  

    Sleep does nor not come quickly but eventually. 

    Oh God Help me. 

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  • Have you ever looked into atlas c1 treatment? Sounds similar to the pain you are having. 
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    hello sammy-mae!

    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Have you ever looked into atlas c1 treatment? Sounds similar to the pain you are having. 
    Do you have experience with this? What does the pain feel like?
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