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    Old 04-04-2016, 01:25 AM   #1
    Madman101
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    Constant Neck pain

    Trying to find if theres anyone in the same situation as me because I've been to doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists and not one of them can tell me whats causing the pain and the only advice they give me is to excercise the neck muscles which doesn't sound right to me as doing it makes it much worse and causes inflamation on that side of my neck, should and face.

    I basically have constant neck pain mostly in my left side but from time to time it will move and be in the right side instead never on both sides at once. Sometimes it feels better if I can laydown in the right position or sit usually with my head forward its improved but most of the time I just can't get any comfort.

    It drives me crazy that nobody can give me an answer or any treatment I've had it for around 8 months now. It hasn't really gotten worse but it definetly hasn't gotten better either.

    Also painkillers or at least neurofin and panadol have zero effect on it

    My physiotherapist got me to get an xray ( he actually wanted a cat scan but my doctors said at my age that it was a too high a risk of causing cancer)
    He said he didn't see anything untoward in the scan but I got the impression he didn't think much of xrays and might not know what to look for. Had to stop seeing him anyway as his neck adjustments left me feeling worse which was the same for the chiropracter.


    Hopefully there is someone on here who has been through similar or has some advice on where to go from here.

     
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    Old 04-04-2016, 04:44 AM   #2
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    Re: Constant Neck pain

    Hi you should get MRI not ct. Try ice on it with a towel 20 min every hour.

    Gentle stretches just until you feel a twitch is what you want. I've lived with neck pain for yrs. Have you seen a pain mgt specialist?

    Cathy

     
    Old 04-04-2016, 06:33 PM   #3
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    Re: Constant Neck pain

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    Hi you should get MRI not ct. Try ice on it with a towel 20 min every hour.

    Gentle stretches just until you feel a twitch is what you want. I've lived with neck pain for yrs. Have you seen a pain mgt specialist?

    Cathy
    I've tried ice and heat packs they never seem to help much.
    I don't really feel any twitchs when I stretch. I've tried a fair few stretchs I can even hear my neck or shoulder crack on the left side when i stretch on the right angle.
    My doctors haven't referred me to an MRI they all seem to think its something that goes away in weeks with some stretches never mind its been here for way way longer then that. ( I might need to find another dr that will refer me or can you just walk in and get one?)

    Pain management specialist I didn't even know that was a thing until you mentioned it. I'll see if I can find one though at the same time I don't want to be permanently on drugs on anything.

     
    Old 04-05-2016, 04:07 AM   #4
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    Re: Constant Neck pain

    My pain Dr told me the cracking noise is old age lol. Disc degeneration most likely. I think it starts around age 30 believe it or not we start losing the disc height then as they begin to dry out slowly.

    Pain drs do much more than drugs. They can order the mri, send you to pt, which by the way is a good idea. They have ultrasound and other equipment to help you.

    Also pain drs can offer injections if needed, there are many types of injections, nerve blocks, radio frequency ablation (my choice), epidurals. If you are nervous with injections they can prescribe xanax or something to take prior. My hubby used to be nervous not anymore.

    Also check out your ergonomics at work and home, how you watch computer and tv. Look straight on at things.

    Cathy

     
    Old 04-07-2016, 08:02 PM   #5
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    Re: Constant Neck pain

    I can relate and I can tell you, it definitely isn't old age...in my early twenties. An MRI would be a better option over an x-ray. My initial x-rays showed barely anything to be even slightly worried about, my mri revealed much more that was very important to know. Mri can be much more detailed than an x-ray and may help shed some light on your problem?
    Did you do something to cause the pain? An accident? Slip or fall? Or did it just start? I'd work on finding out the cause before randomly trying to treat something you don't know.
    In the mean time you could try heat, epsom salt baths are known to be really good as well.

     
    Old 04-07-2016, 08:12 PM   #6
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    Re: Constant Neck pain

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    I can relate and I can tell you, it definitely isn't old age...in my early twenties. An MRI would be a better option over an x-ray. My initial x-rays showed barely anything to be even slightly worried about, my mri revealed much more that was very important to know. Mri can be much more detailed than an x-ray and may help shed some light on your problem?
    Did you do something to cause the pain? An accident? Slip or fall? Or did it just start? I'd work on finding out the cause before randomly trying to treat something you don't know.
    In the mean time you could try heat, epsom salt baths are known to be really good as well.
    Im in mid twenties too. I woke up with the pain im not sure if i slept on it bad or what. I did hurt my lower back only minorly lifting something 3 days before but no neck pain and that went away fast so prob not connected.
    Im in drs waiting room right now going to try and convinve him i need an mri. Fingers crossed

     
    Old 04-07-2016, 08:38 PM   #7
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    Re: Constant Neck pain

    Still refuses to give me an mri as its not structural but caused by movement so would be pointless he claims.

     
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