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dontreallyknow
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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
i have been going to a orthopedic doctor for sometime and going to physical therapy...i have pain in the my neck and it leads down my shoulders...burning, tingling, and painful...feels like someone is sitting on my neck...dr can't figure out whats wrong...does anyone have an idea or do this sound familiar to anyone?

ekkorose
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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
This sounds like a myriad of different things. Has your doctor taken any films, MRI or CT Scans? What does he/she have to say?

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dontreallyknow
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
i had an mri of right shoulder and it showed a small tear in my rotator cuff...he's more worried about neck pain right now and has sent me to pt two times a week i go back to ortho tomorrow..i've been taking darvocet three times a day and it helps tremendously and i'm afraid he's going to take me off of it...i'm not addicted to it because i can take it just like it's prescribed and it's the only thing i have found that actually relieves the pain and i can actually work and function normally...don't get me wrong it still hurts but not nearly as bad with the medicine...he said i may have to have some sort of injection and then an mri on my neck ...i am so claustrophobic and i about died when i had the one done on my shoulder...i've had cronic pain in my neck and down to my shoulders for quite a while and the whole rotator thing just happened a couple of months ago so they are not related

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
You say "Sometimes it feels like someone is sitting on my neck." I am trying
to get an idea of this feeling. Does it feel like you're balancing a child on your
shoulders? If the pain is on the very top of your shoulders a usual MRI wouldn't
show it.
My shoulders were damaged right on top because I used a ****su Massager and
I pressed to hard on my shoulders. It was an unusual place to have an injury.
I also pressed too hard on my upper body with the heavy machine. (I doubt that
this makes sense to anyone but I thought I'd give it a try.)
Pamela
That is not the extent of my pain --- just a part of it.
There are MRI machines that take pictures of unusual injuries but they are hard
to find.
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dontreallyknow
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   Posted 10/14/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
not necessarily sitting on my shoulders just feel very heavy and stressed out...feels like i need to have a massage and have the "heavy load" lifted...the burning is constant

dontreallyknow
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   Posted 10/14/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
one more thing...i was a cheerleader in high school and girls stood on my shoulders all the time...of course that was more than 15 years ago so that probably doesn't have anything to do with it

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Don'treallyknow:
Hmmmmmm .... Hmmmmmm ...... I think that's it. My shoulder feel just like
yours. I too was a cheerleader and was looking at a picture of me on the bottom
just today! (It was a long, long time ago and there were not many girls standing
on my shoulders) Today's cheerleading is soooo dangerous. I can't even watch it
on TV.
Be sure and tell your doctor about that trick. : - ). They never understand my
problem with the massager. I can't even say the name of the massager on this
forum and it kinds of makes me wanna go grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I'll spell it backwards, ok? U-S-T-A-I-H-S.
I believe the program thinks I'm spelling another word for poo poo.
Dang it.
Pamela Neckpain
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome,.Prolapsed Bowel and Bladder, Attention Deficity Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety,


d2parrotperson
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   Posted 10/16/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela, if you look at the asterisks you will see 4 of them. There should be 5. I think you are leaving out the a when you type it. I'll try S-h-i-a-t-su.  I don't know?  Maybe it will work now with the hyphens.

don'treallyknow, it sounds alot like my shoulders and neck. My hsoulder and neck muscles are so tight it feel that pressure too. The only thing I have found that helps is botox injections, unfortunately. I've dealt with it for many, many long years. It is painful across the entire upper region of my back. I didn't realize it compromised the whole upper region until I got a botox injection. That was the very first time in at least 25 yrs that my muscles relaxed.


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Baybreeze
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   Posted 10/18/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

In my opinion, you should probably have an MRI of your neck (cervical spine). Though I haven't had one yet either, I get horrible neck pain flares sometimes, with pain that radiates to my left shoulder. Sometimes it goes into my arms as well. I can't turn or nod my head and I get a throbbing pain inside my neck in one area. Then I get the shoulder pain, plus sometimes some extreme shoulder spasms, where my shoulder is actually pushed forward and feels out of place. And when I coughed, I would feel pain in my arm. And when my neck flares up, the pain & achiness makes it feel like my head is way too heavy for my neck. Like I feel like I need to take my head, it's alot of pressure, feels like my whole neck area is being compressed. So perhaps that might be similar to what you described? Then it hurts to even wear a bra. Then I will get a headache that goes from my neck and up the back of my head, then it spreads into my jaw area and my jaw starts cramping up. I've also had the spasms spread to my throat and face. I am pretty sure that I have neck arthritis and probably have had disk compression or some sort of compression in my neck when these flares happen.

I also have problems with my fingers going numb, sometimes it's my entire hands. And i've also woken up (sleeping on my back) with both arms dead, completely numb. You should see the way I have to sleep now, but it definitely helps my neck. My upper body is propped up on several pilllows, and my head rests on a U-shaped cervical pillow. It's when I was more flat that my arms would go numb more often. Especially since you mentioned you were a cheerleader, it would make sense that you might have some degeneration or disk problems in your neck now.....so if PT doesn't help at all, I would try to get a neck MRI done to investigate further.


hep93
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   Posted 10/19/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Dontreallyknow, I used to describe my neck pain as feeling like an elephant was sitting on my neck--extreme pressure pain.  That particular type of feeling has lessened greatly over the years, due to finding the right med combos and also due to the lack of stress in my life.  When I was having the "elephant" feeling, I was under tremendous stress from an abusive relationship, financial problems, etc.  When I finally said bye-bye to the abusive guy, got myself together and got a good job (am now retired on SSD), and learned how to cope better with life in general, the pain decreased.  I still have neck pain, but it's manageable and I no longer have that awful pressure pain.

 


jenpen400
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   Posted 10/19/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
The pain you describe sounds a lot like mine. My pain is constant ache and I've been told it is some form of nerve pain because of 3 herniated disks and stenosis which press on the nerve sometimes there is absolutiy no way to get away from it. I was assulted as a child and had a compression type injury to that area + a really bad car accident when I was about 20. See if you can get an open MRI or at least some sedation. I know having a diagnosis can really make you feel validated. I carry my in my purse I went twenty years being bushed off by Dr.s.
 
good luck
 
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/19/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
d2parrotperson ...
I'm gonna try it. No one will understand but you: s-h-i-a-t-s-u
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