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Old 12-30-2006, 06:36 PM   #1
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Question Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

I've had recurrent (mild) pain in my neck for several months, so I went to a chiropractor who took xrays. She said I have three bone spurs in the back of my neck and one spur closer to the front which will eventually put pressure on the nerve. I have discomfort when I turn my head in certain directions (and it's getting harder to find a comfortable position when sleeping), but nothing extreme at this point. The chiropractor suggested I come back for some adjustments which she said would ameliorate the progression of this problem. But I've read in several posts here that chiropractors can make neck problems worse. I have reflux and have had gastritis so I'm hesitant to go the route of anti-inflammatories. My internist said I have muscle spasms and suggested a muscle relaxer. I would appreciate any advice on what kind of doctor I should see next, or if I should pursue treatment with the chiropractor. I'm female, 56, and sit at a computer all day on my job. Thanks!

 
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:58 AM   #2
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

You are EXACTLY where I was 5 yrs. ago. I went to a many chiropractors. I have seen heard that is not always the best idea with neck issues. Anything they ever did to help me never lasted very long. If I were you (and I sure was), I would seek out a physical medicine Dr. (aka a PHYSIATRIST). They are likely going to have you do physical therapy, which (if its a good P.T.) can be helpful. They also can do helpful injections and management of your situation. I dont know too many people on this board, where chiropractic was helpful. You have to really be careful with them. They always want to "align" you and crank the heck out of your neck. I got fed up after a couple of yrs. of them. I am one of these people who have tried EVERYTHING. Unfortunately I have some bad disk degeneration and facet joint degeneration, which nothing can really help, but a fusion. You also may have more than spurs. Xrays dont always show things. MRIs are better. My first Xrays showed only spurs, too.

 
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

I apologize for that disasterous post full of typos. I should have proof read it!!! Sorry.

 
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Thanks for your reply. I am really hesitating now about following up with a chiropractor, but PT sounds good if it can help. Probably I should let my internist know about the Xrays and see if she wants to do an MRI next.
Did you have to have surgery for your problem?

 
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I was supposed to have my surgery on Dec. 20th but it got cancelled due to a blizzard here in Colorado. I will find out Tues. when my make up date is. I didnt rush into this. I have spent the last 5 yrs trying everything (accupuncture, chiro., injections, botox for muscle spasms, P.T. (endless times), facet joint injections, radiofrequency rhizotomy (deadening the nerves near the facet joints in the neck)....on and on. My physiatrist told me I was at the end of the line and recommended surgery. So here I am.

 
Old 12-31-2006, 12:01 PM   #6
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

Boy I wish i had found this site before I went through all my treatments.

I just have gone thru a very difficult surgery with complications. My chief complaint was pain not numbness or lack of strength. I had bone spurs and herniated discs. (have you had an MRI and if not I suggest you get one).
My pain was what I call muscle spasms from hell.
Xrays only tell part of the story and at this point you need to see a specialist.

I did take muscle relaxers, accupuncture, physical therapy, trigger point injections, DRX 9000 and none of it worked.

What helped was alternating cervical ice packs with heat pads. 2 Epidural injections worked for 6 months and then following 2 had no effect. medrol dose pack worked for a while.

I changed my pillows to a one very long wedge with a small pillow under my neck (flatish).

I bought a 4" memory foam matress topper which is heaven.

I limited my activity...no snorkeling, no lifting heavy items not reaching and extending... that helped.

There are many on this board who have already healed with success.
I am still misreble post surgery but am hopeful.

Read this board and get educated. I would suggest you try a pain management DR. and request an MRI for your first step.

Good Luck!

 
Old 12-31-2006, 12:02 PM   #7
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

Boy I wish i had found this site before I went through all my treatments.

I just have gone thru a very difficult surgery with complications. My chief complaint was pain not numbness or lack of strength. I had bone spurs and herniated discs. (have you had an MRI and if not I suggest you get one).
My pain was what I call muscle spasms from hell.
Xrays only tell part of the story and at this point you need to see a specialist.

I did take muscle relaxers, accupuncture, physical therapy, trigger point injections, DRX 9000 and none of it worked.

What helped was alternating cervical ice packs with heat pads. 2 Epidural injections worked for 6 months and then following 2 had no effect. medrol dose pack worked for a while.

I changed my pillows to a one very long wedge with a small pillow under my neck (flatish).

I bought a 4" memory foam matress topper which is heaven.

I limited my activity...no snorkeling, no lifting heavy items not reaching and extending... that helped.

There are many on this board who have already healed with success.
I am still misreble post surgery but am hopeful.

Read this board and get educated. I would suggest you try a pain management DR. and request an MRI for your first step.

Good Luck!

 
Old 12-31-2006, 12:55 PM   #8
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

JulyG: Can you please post your total situation for me. It sounds like my situation is almost the same as yours and I would really appreciate your insight. What exact surgery did you have and when?

 
Old 12-31-2006, 01:10 PM   #9
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

Hi to SKZ!

Ok I had horrible neck pain intermittenly for a couple of yrs, you know "I think i slept wrong... tooo many Pillows " sort of thing. But I would go get a massage or get in a jacuzzi and it would go away....but one day it never went away! I helped my husband lift something and that was it!
MRI showed multiple herniations, bulges, osteophtytes and spinal stenosis.

It was a rare day I felt any tingling or numbness but when I did it was left arm.

As you can see I tried most things and HATED the drugs especially tramadol made me see double and narcotics just can't take them because I work!
I went to ORtho's and Neuros and 4 opinions before I had my surgery mid Oct.

I had 2 level fusion c5/c6 and c6/c7 and titanium plate donor bone hard collar 3 wks and anytime in a car for 8wks. (the car thing was my rule not Dr.)
I had a top surgeon in a top rated hospital. I awoke with a vocal cord paralized (huge repercussions with speech swallowing and breathing)
and as i type this I am in PAIN! I go to P/T and speech therapy and I pray for the healing to happen.

 
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

Your situation is amazingly similar to mine.
How did it go with your vocal cord surgery?? How long ago did you have it again?
I am so sorry you are not feeling well. What does the surgeon have to say about it all?

 
Old 12-31-2006, 03:50 PM   #11
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

To julyg: I am sorry to hear about the complications following your surgery. I hope 2007 is a year of healing for you. I had throat surgery in 2005 for sleep apnea, and my throat has not been the same since. The problem with my neck spurs seems to be at an early stage, but I will ask my internist if I should get an MRI now.

 
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

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I was supposed to have my surgery on Dec. 20th but it got cancelled due to a blizzard here in Colorado. I will find out Tues. when my make up date is. I didnt rush into this. I have spent the last 5 yrs trying everything (accupuncture, chiro., injections, botox for muscle spasms, P.T. (endless times), facet joint injections, radiofrequency rhizotomy (deadening the nerves near the facet joints in the neck)....on and on. My physiatrist told me I was at the end of the line and recommended surgery. So here I am.
Good luck with your surgery--I hope you have a good recovery and 2007 brings you good health!

 
Old 12-31-2006, 06:33 PM   #13
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

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You are EXACTLY where I was 5 yrs. ago. I went to a many chiropractors. I have seen heard that is not always the best idea with neck issues. Anything they ever did to help me never lasted very long. If I were you (and I sure was), I would seek out a physical medicine Dr. (aka a PHYSIATRIST). They are likely going to have you do physical therapy, which (if its a good P.T.) can be helpful. They also can do helpful injections and management of your situation. I dont know too many people on this board, where chiropractic was helpful. You have to really be careful with them. They always want to "align" you and crank the heck out of your neck. I got fed up after a couple of yrs. of them. I am one of these people who have tried EVERYTHING. Unfortunately I have some bad disk degeneration and facet joint degeneration, which nothing can really help, but a fusion. You also may have more than spurs. Xrays dont always show things. MRIs are better. My first Xrays showed only spurs, too.
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I agree with AKZ. When it comes to the cervical area, I just can't imagine letting a chiropractor adjust me. In my case, I would end up dead or paralyzed.

One of the best docs I have is my physiatrist.
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:48 PM   #14
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

Hi and Happy New Year!

Had vocal cord surgery 2 weeks ago and it is a temporary measure. The gelfoam injected into cord gets absorbed by body within couple months and by then I pray my vocal cord will have returned to function otherwise....

Surgeon? He said it's nothing he did, but ENT says otherwise. Look I went into surgery with perfect voice and now I am croaking out words and going to speech therapy. Drs say 5% people may have hoarsenessas a result of cervical spine surgery with anterior approach....NO one and I mean no one told me I could have vocal cord paralysis and what that means! I have lost a ton of weight because of swallowing issues , readmitted to a hospital for breathing issues, and feel tremendously isolated with lack of vocal communication skills.

Really talk to your surgeon about risks. I was fearless going into this, but had I a crystal ball and could have seen what was to happen to me I would have never had the surgery.

My New years resolution is to stay positive and get my health back and stay healthy!

 
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:18 PM   #15
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Re: Four bone spurs in neck--need advice

julyg-

can you please tell me more about your breathing problems and why the surgery might have caused it? Did the ENT or surgeon give any insight. It would be greatly apprieciated. Thanks so much.

 
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