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Old 08-22-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Chronic Neck (and widespread body) Pain

I use a 50 fentayl patch and hydrocodone for pain mgmt. I think I have a vertabrae i my neck that is turned where it doesn't belong. I will be seeking help soon with a specialist. I have fibromyalgia and anemia and other issues. My question: does anyone else have chronic neck pain and what could cause it? What treatments are there for it? Thanks.

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Old 08-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #2
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Hi tired~
I'm sorry to hear about your two condition's...I have both myself!
I had to have cervical fusion surgery almost 2 years ago because of 3 herniated disks in my neck. If I may suggest you go see a neurologist and have an MRI done, it will tell you exactly what is wrong with your neck and if its caused by a bulging disk or if its connected in some way to the fibromyalgia. Do you see someone now for your fibro or just your GP? Or you could have an x-ray first, seeing that doesn't cost half as much as an MRI does either and then go from there.

I was having terrible problems with not being able to move my neck from side to side, and my hand writing became so bad, nobody, including myself could read it. But that turned out to be because of the nerves in my neck that go down your arms, affects everything you do, including numbness, tingly feelings, knife like pain, and this was just in the arms itself. Then my neck started to hurt really bad and loss more and more movement as time went on. If you have any of these symptom's, I would ask for an x-ray of your neck and have your reflex's checked out too. All of which are diagnostic tools to rule out many types of illness's.

I wish I could of helped you more....maybe if you give me some more of your symptoms it might help. I know other's are more informed than myself on this subject and I'm sure you'll get plenty of help, as this is a great bunch of people with alot more knowledge than myself also.
I hope you feel better soon and can find the help you need my dear~

Old 08-22-2008, 11:24 PM   #3
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I have had some chronic issues with my cervical column for several years. I have 2 moderate to severe bulges in my C-Spine for some time now, and my last MRI showed some arthritic spurs as well. Nothing that is operable, but it is certainly painful. Have you had an MRI or even an x-ray of your C-Spine? Do you know of any disc problems or arthritis from past tests?

I would certainly bring it up with your doc when you see him/her next. Or if it is overwhelming/unbearable, you could call and see if an MRI could be ordered right away. I do know, one time my doc told me that he sees a lot of patients with some level of neck pain, because the human head can weigh up to 8 pounds and in his words, "that's a lot of weight for such a skinny little column to hold up every day". Sounds like yours is a bit more than strain though. Please let us know what you find out, OK? And some alternating ice and moist heat might help in the meantime. Take care, CMP/MM

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:51 PM   #4
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I agree that an MRI is critical for seeing which discs are causing the problem and how severe it is. You can look up this information - see which cervical discs are associated with which problems, but nothing substitutes for an MRI, radiology report, and a doctor's interpretation.

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Old 08-27-2008, 03:38 PM   #5
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Additional info: have had multiple car accidents with whiplash injuries. I also have fibromyalgia and many other problems. I have scoliosis and had my tail bone broken from being thrown from a car, as well.

I have seen xrays only and not MRI and not recent Xrays. I do not have a curve in my neck like you are supposed to have-mine is straight. I also had some vertebrae going in multiple directions both in neck and in spine.

I need an MRI done, and my PCD is in the process of referring me to an orthopedic surgeon. Does this give more details? I also have TMJ with a badly damaged joint that deranged to one side upon opening and takes 2 large pops to open fully. Thanks for any recommendations.

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Tired: I'm sorry for all you are dealing with. I have chronic neck pain, too. The specialist you go to will likely order an MRI right away, but there are some other tests that might be appropriate depending on what kind of pain you have. I would really recommend that you research this doctor (ortho surgeon) before you start a relationship with him/her. I would see if you can go to someone who has extensive experience dealing with complex spinal issues (which it sounds like you have). If you have a teaching hospital nearby, you might want to research some of the ortho surgeons as well as the neurosurgeons there. Many neurosurgeons have extensive experience with spinal surgery, so don't rule them out.

I'll assume you've done PT. It hasn't been all that helpful for me, but it helps many. I have come to discover that spine issues usually require a comprehensive treatment plan. In other words, there is no one magic trick that will make the pain go away. You just have to chip away at it from different angles. I hope you are able to find something that helps. Let us know how the appointment with the surgeon goes.

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Originally Posted by TiredOTired View Post

I need an MRI done, and my PCD is in the process of referring me to an orthopedic surgeon. Does this give more details?
An MRI is considerably more detailed than an x-ray. It can show cross-sections of the spine along with several other details too minute for an x-ray.

I also agree with Toonces about trying to find a spinal specialist, whether it's an ortho with extensive spinal experience or a neuro with the same. There are a lot of "neck and spine" or "back and spine" practices starting up, where there weren't that many before. Just make sure the doc you see is board certified in that specialty.

Best of luck and please keep us posted, OK? CMP/MM

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Tired, I just wanted to say I feel for you. I have had neck pain & the dang headaches since getting this virus & boy does it hurt.
I had some issues before this thing hit but not the everyday pain in that area. I have really bad TMJ do & that is not pleasant at all. I wanted to say I do as cmp sugeested moist heat & ice, but the ice seem to help more for me. I do remember my PT saying moist heat is better for the neck, I just get more relief from the ice for some reason. It sounds uncomforable but it truely helps. I also use the topicals. The is something out called cyroderm, which you can get at the chiropracters, I find I do really like that. I also use peppermint, wintergreeen & some other oils. None it takes the pain away but it sure does soothe. For those who like the heat there is the thermacare patches which do as they say, they really do last anywhere between 8 to 12 hrs, if I remember correctly.
I really did not believe at first any of this would really help me so I kind of poo pood it, then I became desperate for any relief at all. I was surprised how soothing some of these things were. I know you'll be getting some testing done so I thought I would throw some of the things at you that have helped me abit.
Good luck I really do feel for you. Sammy

Old 09-04-2008, 02:03 PM   #9
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I have actually gone through PT and tried heat and ice, chiropractic, massage, etc. Oils, you name it. My opinion is that I need an MRI done to see what is going on. I really appreciate your help in telling me about the neuro drs. I am on bad insurance and have few options. I will keep you posted.

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Just watch out for something called discogram ..... hurts like HELL (rather like being a human voodoo doll, while they "re-create" the pain to see if you really need the surgery.

right oh.

fun times.


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