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   Posted 2/18/2010 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I am reading this and I am becoming enlightened very quickly! I had a terrible fall in November and developed this excruciating neck pain as a result. I have serious back issues too, with several bulges and herniation in lower lumbar region. I had my first appointment with a neurosurgeon, because of back problems and this new neck thing. I was sent home without an MRI on my neck and I knew something was very wrong, so I went to the chiro to order me an MRI...after the results came in, he still insisted that with manipulation he could help...He made it worse!!! First off I just turned 46 and have had a stiff neck for years, but have dealt with it. I was seeing a chiro after this accident at a motel and he was insistent that he could help...I swear to you I thought he was paralyzing me. I set up a second appointment with a neurosurgeon and not able to see him until the 25th of February. I contacted the Laser Spine Institute in Florida to help. They told me that I had OPLL. It also said on my MRI that I needed a CT to rule this out. Apparently it is very evident and seen on the MRI. I was told that the ossification was at the C5 area and they couldn't go in there to fix, because of the placement. I also have a herniation at C5... I have been so upset... I was reading about the symptoms here and I have been having throbbing intense headaches, blurry vision and intense neck and shoulder pain for 3 months now...24/7...I also have developed a huge bony protrusion on my collarbone that is growing everyday. I have seen countless and incompetent DRs that I am losing hope. Does anyone else have this clavicle problem? I went to the ER thinking after my fall I broke my collarbone and wasn't showing up until 3 weeks later. I forgot to mention that I am Female too...how rare is all of this, not to mention the intense pain with no help.
I am at the last leg of hope here...I have been falling for 15 years and never had a Dr. x-ray my neck until Nov 09. I also have Degenerative Discs in C3-7...is there any help or questions I could ask my DR? I do feel like if I move the wrong way I will be paralyzed...I am terrified!

Please help a hopeless gal in Ohio,
Take Care, God Bless and Have a great day!

Post Edited (DawnC1126) : 2/18/2010 10:42:54 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/19/2010 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dawn, Welcome to Healing Well, Sorry what you have been going threw. Maybe its time
for you to find a new doctor. Somebody whom will listen to you.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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   Posted 2/20/2010 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Dawn and welcome to HW and the RA forumsmilewinkgrin

I agree with teddybear, maybe another Dr.s opinion is needed.

Do you take painkillers or any other med?

If you were diagnosed with OPLL, have you been offered any treatment?

Sorry you are suffering so.sad


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   Posted 2/21/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Not to bring something else into your problems but the bony protrusion on your collar bone....are you sure its bone and not a lymph node? A swollen node in this area could be serious and I would definitely have it checked out. I agree with the others about finding another doc about your neck issues. Hope you get some relief soon!
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