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    Old 01-11-2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Severe numbness and pain in right arm STILL, long after injury! PLEASE HELP!

    Every since a roller coaster injury two years ago (which left me in a neck brace for 3 weeks, and a hard collar), I've had pain in my neck and off and on down my arms and legs. I've done everything: physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, seen orthopedic surgeons, etc. with no luck (and in some cases making it worse). They all just say to basically deal with it and take Motrin. Well, earth to all doctors: MOTRIN DOESN'T DO ANYTHING! I can't sit, stand, or walk for more than 20 minutes at a time without pain and numbness in my hands, back, and neck. Even laying flat on my back must be putting pressure on a nerve because the same thing will happen and I have to change positions. I've been out of school for four months now. My doctor suggested seeing specialists in the largest hospital in the state, (going to see the pain management specialists), but does that just mean they'll try to give me medication for it? I'd rather not drug myself just so that I can't feel it when an obvious problem still exists.

    Does anyone have an advice/opinion/similar stories (with a better outcome!)? Thanks.

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    Old 01-12-2006, 04:02 PM   #2
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    if you dont mind me asking, how old are you??? im 28 and the comp doctor im seeing finally said i know you have severe ruptured discs and ddd, but i dont want to go to the next level and fuse, so im having surgery with my private insurance spine specialist. sometimes these docs see that your young and say well you wont die, and unless you are in danger of paralysis then they play down your pain. do yourself a favor and go get a second opinion with a spine specialists and see what he or she reckomends. a painmanagement doc does not only give painkillers but does epidural injections( nerve blocks ), some do procedures like nucleaplasty or idet, which are minamly invasive procedures to try and fix a ruptured disc. these procedures thogh are still experimental and alot of insurance companies will not pay for them because they are not proven yet. as far as being treated with pain killers, its not good for your liver if you are on them for a long period of time and can make your problem worse do to the pills masking your pain, when your in pain your body gives itself certain limitations do to the pain, this is so you dont hurt yourself more, when you are on these pills they can mask the problem and make you feel better, its a trick... if you dont care about that stuff or the fact that your liver can become damaged then pain pills are great... ive been on pain killers for 2 years and im greatful for the little relief i get but they are bad for you, thats one of the reasons i elected to have surgery to fix the extreme pain and to stop the pills, i cant live on pills all my life.. good luck and make sure you get a second even 3rd opinion...

     
    Old 01-18-2006, 05:24 PM   #3
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    Re: Severe numbness and pain in right arm STILL, long after injury!

    [QUOTE=360fusion]if you dont mind me asking, how old are you??? im 28 and the comp doctor im seeing finally said i know you have severe ruptured discs and ddd, but i dont want to go to the next level and fuse, so im having surgery with my private insurance spine specialist. sometimes these docs see that your young and say well you wont die, and unless you are in danger of paralysis then they play down your pain. do yourself a favor and go get a second opinion with a spine specialists and see what he or she reckomends. a painmanagement doc does not only give painkillers but does epidural injections( nerve blocks ), some do procedures like nucleaplasty or idet, which are minamly invasive procedures to try and fix a ruptured disc. these procedures thogh are still experimental and alot of insurance companies will not pay for them because they are not proven yet. as far as being treated with pain killers, its not good for your liver if you are on them for a long period of time and can make your problem worse do to the pills masking your pain, when your in pain your body gives itself certain limitations do to the pain, this is so you dont hurt yourself more, when you are on these pills they can mask the problem and make you feel better, its a trick... if you dont care about that stuff or the fact that your liver can become damaged then pain pills are great... ive been on pain killers for 2 years and im greatful for the little relief i get but they are bad for you, thats one of the reasons i elected to have surgery to fix the extreme pain and to stop the pills, i cant live on pills all my life.. good luck and make sure you get a second even 3rd opinion... [/QUOTE]


    Thank you for responding (sorry, due to my back pain, I haven't been on the computer in a while). I'm still high-school aged, and you're absolutely right about how the doctors simply dismiss my symptoms because of my age.

    I was out of school for 2 and a half weeks (sinus infection, and I've built up a resistance to all antibiotics, and what I'm not immune to, I'm allergic to), mid-terms are next week, and those were probably the busiest two weeks of school that I missed. I made up ALL of the work over the course of two days, and my back is in horrible condition right now. Last night I was trying so many different positions so that I could be comfortable sleeping, but not matter what I did (on my back, on my side, feet elevated, pillow between knees, etc.), I couldn't get to sleep because I was in so much pain.

    I can't get an appointment in the hospital until next week (AFTER mid-terms), so PLEASE . . . Is there anything short-term that I can do that will temporarily relieve the pain? Even for just a few hours so I can sit for the test?

     
    Old 01-19-2006, 03:24 AM   #4
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    Re: Severe numbness and pain in right arm STILL, long after injury!

    Do you have an electric blanket.

    The heat works wonders

     
    Old 01-19-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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    Re: Severe numbness and pain in right arm STILL, long after injury!

    [QUOTE=insomniac_oz]Do you have an electric blanket.

    The heat works wonders[/QUOTE]


    I have a heating pad... I agree that it does work, but it only does so much. :-/

     
    Old 01-23-2006, 05:17 PM   #6
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    Re: Severe numbness and pain in right arm STILL, long after injury!

    Any more suggestions??? Last night I was up ALL night aside from about an hour when I fell asleep with pillows propped under my hips (laying on my stomach).

     
    Old 01-27-2006, 11:18 AM   #7
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    bump Any other advice???

     
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