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    Old 08-22-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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    Dull, Achy Pain

    Can anyone share what might help for dull, achy, heavy pain? I read a lot about people with radiating pain, burning or nerve pain, but I don't have any of those.

    Right now, my neck is absolutely driving me insane, and I have no idea what to do to make it better. I have tried a lot of non-drug therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, etc.) but nothing has helped. It feels like I have a bad, bad, bad headache at the base of my skull where my head connects to my neck. My MRI doesn't read all that bad, although there are some bulging discs, DDD and bone spurs. I can't figure out exactly what is causing this pain and how to fix it. My nerve function tests were all just fine. No trigger points either. The only time the pain goes away is when I am laying down.

    I had an cervical ESI at the beginning of the month which did nothing. I have tried muscles relaxants with no result. Heat seems to feel better than ice. Right now the only thing I have is Motrin or Extra Strength Tyelenol which doesn't touch the pain.

    Any ideas of what might help for this kind of pain?

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    Old 08-22-2006, 06:49 PM   #2
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    Re: Dull, Achy Pain

    When was the last time you actually had an MRI? Cervical stenosis, spurs and herniations can and do cause the type of pain you are experiencing. I know from personal experience that changes in the size of spurs and even herniations can be rapid. If this is the case the longer these types of symptoms are ignored the greater the chance of permanent nerve damage.

    The best thing to do would to actually see a Nuero Surgeon or a Orthopeadic surgeon who has a fellowship in spines to see if it is or isn't time for surgical intervention. Historically speaking most individuals who have had ACDF's have had a great deal of success compared to those who say have lumber fusions.

    Good Luck

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