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Old 08-06-2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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New headaches, cause?

Hi all: I'll keep it concise, my wife says I'm a windbag, and I know it myself lol.
The week preceeding my injury, (I'm 44) just very hard pick and shovel work.
6-20-06, awoke w/stabbing pain in between shoulder blades, went to E.R. CT scan. Doc. said c5-c6 bulging disc on right side, causing muscle spasms, meds, went home, Doctor follow up in 1 week. Prednisone 5-day pulse pak, percoset, flexeril, ibuprofen.
3 weeks later, primary doc says I'm ok for lite work, my back feels better, he refers me to physical therapist.
July 12, 2006, PT gave me traction, manually with her hands and moved, explored, each of my cervical vertebrae, I think. The next morning, and for the past 25 days I have had the worst headache, with very few minutes of breaks. Percoset and Flexeril help, but the pain is still there. So It's been 25 days and headaches the same. It hurts in my neck (the back) and radiates over the top to my eyes. Crushing pressure headache. No position change helps. I get a few breaks by moving around, but my point is, it's the worst headache of my life and it's not going away.. At this point I don't care about assigning blame, but I complained to the PT and she said she did nothing that could have caused my headaches and that there must be something else going on.
8 days after PT I got a new doc, had an mri done and have seen a neurosurgeon, and a spine specialist. My left pinky and ring finger have a nerve, numbness thing going on. The consensus is that I have C7-T1 left side nerve pinch going on. And basically my back sucks, with dehydrated discs and such.
The neurosurgeon says rest, and "nothing wild" till 6 weeks pain free. I saw a physiatrist 2 days ago, and she says, PT and a epidural and maybe surgery.
(the whining part now)(skip this if needed) So it's been 7 weeks since my back spasms and I'm not working. The headaches/neckaches make me close my eyes and sit there. I know there is much more suffering than this going on with other people, but my 12 hour workday construction lifestyle is over. I'm driving my poor wife crazy, I've turned down jobs, and I'm fat sitting here typing getting fatter and softer.
So help me please: looking for similar experiences with happy or unhappy endings. Has this happened to anyone else? Is this going to go away. trying to rule out reasons for headaches. Thx for any and all responses, and I wish all of you full recoveries. Matt, in Seattle

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Old 08-07-2006, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: New headaches, cause?

Hey Matt--OK Don't feel like a whimp, altho I'm a girl and all, I've always been a very physical person, I even stacked lumber after my divorce and now we have a ranch. I now have an injured neck like yours and it has stopped me in my tracks. It was actually the headaches that started everything, then the tingling in my shoulders. PT only made my headaches worse. My doc finally told the therapist to stay away from my actual neck and just work the muscles around it. I finally went to a pain management doc who put me on topamax for the headaches. It did work, but I had to work thru the side effects. Ask your doc, but one thing that worked for me better than anything was naproxen.

My pm doc said the reason for my headaches is because the nerves in my neck are being pushed on by the bulges. The topamax med works with your nerves--it sort of shuts off the signals that sends the pain. thank goodness. I've been headache free for over two months now. Any way--it's OK to feel like you do!! You're in pain!!

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