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Old 01-22-2007, 10:04 AM   #1
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Cervical Spine Blockage???

So, for almost 2 weeks I have had headaches, dizziness and nausea. At first pain killers were helping but now they barely take the 'edge' off the pain.
Last Monday I saw my GP and she said it seemed like a viral inner ear infection, it would go away in a few days and to take painkillers and some medication she gave me for dizziness until it did.
By Saturday it hadn't improved, in fact it had got so bad I could barely sit up so I called NHS24 (health advice line) who told me to see the emergency GP that day. I went down and he said that he doubted I had anything viral but that I had a 'cervical spine blockage' and that was causing my symptoms. He said to take painkillers and keep moving my neck and it would go away within 2-3 days.
Prior to that I had had no neck pain, although it had been stiff, but he moved my neck around and now that's really painful too.
My symptoms are showing no sign of letting up and I'm worried about the length of time I've been using pain killers for. Does anyone know what the doctor meant by a 'blockage' and are there any natural painkillers or anything I can take to help instead of the co-codamol I'm using now? I can't use ibuprofen because of my asthma.
Thanks in advance for any help.

 
Old 01-23-2007, 12:46 AM   #2
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Re: Cervical Spine Blockage???

Just to update anyone who has read this.
I called NHS24 again last night to check if I was safe to keep taking painkillers as this has been going on a long time, and they made me see a doctor again as I still have symptoms. The doctor gave me some migraine medicine (Maxalt) but unfortunately that did nothing to improve things. She said I need full blood work, x-rays and CAT scan to find out what's going on. She didn't think it was actually anything to do with my neck though. As she wasn't my regular doctor she couldn't get any tests done. I have an appointment on Friday so hopefully I can start the ball rolling trying to find out what this is.
If anyone has any suggestions on good, natural or non-medical pain relief that would be great as I'm a little worried about taking paracetamol (acetominophen) for so long!

 
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: Cervical Spine Blockage???

Just in case anyone is reading this:
I saw my doctor today, they took more blood from me than I knew I had, she has given me something for sickness/dizziness and some different pain meds. If the blood tests are inconclusive she'll refer me for a CAT scan.

 
Old 01-27-2007, 04:02 AM   #4
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Re: Cervical Spine Blockage???

See a physiotherapist.

Syndol may help the pain better than other analgesics (ask your chemist for it)

 
Old 01-27-2007, 09:58 AM   #5
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Re: Cervical Spine Blockage???

Thanks for the reply. I'm laying off the painkillers for the time being to prevent rebound headaches developing, but I might try Syndol because I know it has a muscle relaxant. They don't seem to think it's muscular any more though. Just waiting on the bloods results, should get them Tuesday.

 
Old 01-31-2007, 07:28 PM   #6
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Re: Cervical Spine Blockage???

I really dont know what cervical spine blockage is but i've had severe headaches for around 10 years now,at times not too bad and times i cant get out of bed to move,i was hospitalized a couple times.i'm seeing a doctor now whos great(everyone other one wanted to stick me on tooooo many pain meds)i have nausea,dizziness,stiff neck(my neck range of motion isent good)at times the pain is in my shoulders,lower back,i get sweaty,and terible pain.my doctor says i have nerve damage.hes done nerve blocks and they work wonders(but last between a couple days to a few weeks)im falso on meds(ive tried sooo many)and found a pretty good combination,theyve done so many mris and cts and found nothing.before every other doctor said it was stress,migranes.i cant bend down,laugh,cry,get mad(any heavy emotion)carry heavy things,push things or the headache is incredible,my head feels like it weighs 100s of pounds.i think think of the exacy name for the diagnosis.the doctor i see now is a headache speacilist(ive seend almost every other doctor in the city)hes finally got my headaches where there under control,i still have my bad days,not as many-in the morning today was a bad one,i have injectables i take and i did it and it helpped they are my emergancy meds.hope this helps some.good luck

 
Old 02-01-2007, 02:56 AM   #7
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Re: Cervical Spine Blockage???

Thanks very much. The bloods all came back normal and I'm starting on low dose Amitriptyline until I can see a specialist.

 
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