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    Old 01-04-2003, 03:52 PM   #1
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    cervical hypermobility

    I injured my neck 3 years ago and it never seemed to get better. Initially they told me it was soft tissue damage and only took x-rays after multiple DR. visits because of pain. They sent me to PT which helped me regain some of my range of motion. Three months later I was finally able to go to neck/spinal specialist. He took more x-ray,(flexion/extension) and told me I had hypermobility or 3mm in three vertibrae then sent me for a MRI which showed a bulge below that bottom level.

    Three years later I still have problems and pain. Two months ago he finally said lets inject the neck via floroscopy to see what level/s are the pain generators. We were finally able to determine the pain causing level and I had a whole week with no pain. It's back now, although not as acute. My next step is for facet fussion. Has anyone been through this and what has been your outcome. I'd appreciate any input before I decide on surgery.

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    Old 01-06-2003, 04:05 AM   #2
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    Re: cervical hypermobility

    I have a long time whiplash injury with 2 fusions now so I may be too injured to give advice 8-(. I do not understand wholly why you had relief with the floroscopy except that I have read that sometimes patients have relief with injections of saline when doing blind tests injecting on the sight (telling the patient they were having procaine). This relief was real- not all in their minds. Somehow the nerves were soothed. This I feel is good however frustrating it may be- it would be frustrating for me anyway. Every nerve transmission works on a system of what is refered to as gates that open and shut according to the chemical solution that goes through. the neural tramsmitters are mostly sodium (salt) solution. A tiny change in the solution can control how fast the transmission, how slow, and even can block the transmission of a nerve impulse. When you get pain relief it can be affected by a number of factors that is why your doctor will tell you if you are to have your normal pain med's or not. I hope this helps answer your question. There is a web site on whiplash injuries and if you run a search on Goolgle and nerve blocks I would think you could find some of this information yourself. Good luck, I think that finding the relief would mean you will not need surgery!!!!

    Old 01-06-2003, 04:48 AM   #3
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    Re: cervical hypermobility

    Hi, I already lost this reply once so if this is too abridged sorry. I have read that they have tested injections (nerve blocks) with both saline (salt water) and procaine. Procaine is one of the anesthetics dentists use for teeth. They found that their patients found relief with both. This was not all in their heads either. Not all found relief but a high percentage. I have an old injury with fusions in my neck and lumbar spine. I have had more than three blocks with short term relief. It is very frustrating- at least for me it is frustrating,to find out that saline could have been used for my blocks. What does make sense is that when you look at the neurotransmitters that are normally in nerves (the chemicals that transmit the messages up and down nerves) they are mainly a solution of "salt water". This in my mind means that the "gates" that are controlled by the chemicals can be helped with the saline. This could mean in our cases (if it was just saline that they used) that we do not need strong changes in our nerves to bring on relief- this is good. I hope this is of help. There are web sites for neck injuries such as whiplash that could verify what I just wrote and if you do a search you could find information on nerve blocks that could explain it better. -it is always good to double check.

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