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Old 01-25-2007, 07:18 PM   #1
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nerve pain - could it be anxiety

I had c-spine surgery (foramanectamy) c5-6 last year. right now I am having nerve pain that comes and goes. It starts at either shoulder then can go to my wrist, arm or fingers It is not really bad, but just annoying. Also, I sometimes feel it going into my face by my jaw. And once in a while it goes down my leg. Like I said it is not really bad pain, but just annoying and worrysome. I was wondering if it could be something other than my disks in my c-spine or maybe it is in my head because I get really bad anxiety when I start feeling this.

A response would greatly be appreciated.


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Old 01-25-2007, 08:52 PM   #2
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Re: nerve pain - could it be anxiety

Pain can cause the anxiety- doesn't mean it has to be the other way around. With your history I would talk to your spine surgeon & ask if there is testing that can be done to check for nerve involvement-- I believe there is. Now once the anxiety/fear kicks in , that can make your pain worse so there is a viscious cycle there. Way to break the cycle is to find out what is causing your pain. I woud start with a visit to the spine surgeon & make sure your pain is treated- then work on the anxiety as well with perhaps an anti anxiety med.

I have had pain become worse due to anxiety & fear of what it was coming from, but the anxiety was not the reason for the pain to begin with.
Hope that all makes sense !

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