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    Old 04-29-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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    Neck pain 4 years later after whiplash! Please help

    Hi I'm new to this site and I really need help! I was in a car accident 4 years ago and was diagnosed with a cervical whiplash. The pain in my neck was off and on for the first 2 years and was bearable. I used to be able to just have a few beers and the pain would go away. But the past 2 years everything has gotten worse! I have numbness in both of arms and even in my face. The pain is a constant throbbing and pulling feeling around my C1 and C2 area. I have had a brain MRI, C spine MRI, Lunbar MRI, EMG, and tried countless medicines and have had multiple blood test done to rule out possible diseases. I've been to a chiropractor, PT, an orthopedic and neurologist. Nobody can tell me what's going on! The crazy thing is, when I lay down the pain goes away. Sitting, standing, and walking are almost unbearable! Can someone please help me to figure out what's going on?

     
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    Re: Neck pain 4 years later after whiplash! Please help

    Welcome to the board!

    What did the tests show? Have you had a positional cervical mri in a position that causes the discomfort? That might reveal more than a standard mri. I would recommend a good spine specialist neuro or Ortho surgeon. They should hopefully be able to figure out what's going on.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

     
    Old 05-01-2015, 06:53 AM   #3
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    Re: Neck pain 4 years later after whiplash! Please help

    All of the test have came back normal. I'm seeing an orthopedic surgeon now and he set me up with flexion x rays and a CT scan. Both I've never had. Every doctor I've asked about the CT scan said I didn't need one, cause the MRI would reveal more. This doctor thinks it could be cervical instability and the special x Rays would show that. I've asked about an upright MRI but he said that would be useless. I'm only 26 years old and I feel like I have had my life taken away. I have the scans on Monday and a follow up on Thursday to go over them. I'm just praying for answers

     
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    Flex/ext xrays are a useful tool to detect instability. If instability were detected you could infer compression with only minor changes on standard mri. I doubt a ct scan would shed more light on the situation. I'm not sure why your Dr would think the positional mri would be useless. They are essentially made for this exact situation. A standard mri is taken with the spine in alignment where the spinal canal and nerve exits are largest . With a positional.mri the neck can be placed in any angle of flexion/extension etc. Depending on individual anatomy these positions have a 30% or more reduction in the space for nerve roots and or the spinal cord. This can show compression situations that aren't visible with normal.mri. At least that's how it was explained to me by my surgeon (who's rated in the top 25 in the country fwiw). It is true that the images are much lower resolution so they wouldn't be.useful for detecting MS or brain tumor (or myelomalacia in the sine foe that matter) but they are great for this and foe.folks who can't manage a regular mri for various reasons.

    Is your ortho a spine specialist? If so he would have had a spine specialty fellowship which would show up in his CV. They are the folks that know these kinds of problems the best.

    I'm hoping for answers for you and if you don't get them keep pushing and get a second opinion if necessary.

     
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