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uniquelyme
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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  I have been soooo used to all of the lower back pain, pulsating & shooting pain in both of my legs and buttocks...then I got used to the pain in my knees...But now I am having these really scary pains in my kneck.  If I move my neck too fast it feels like something is stopping it..almost like a "catch"? then if I move it beyond that point it feels like something is gonna break..literally.  And it hurts sooo freakin bad.  It's not only the pain, I'm scared.  I remember how scared I was when my lower back started having problems...I thought I was gonna be paralyzed at the slightest wrong move. 
 
 
Any thoughts on the neck pain would be helpful...I don't go back to the doc until Dec. 18
 
Me. 

 
 
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
 


PAlady
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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Me,
I'd suggest calling your doc and reporting your new symptoms to see if he/she wants to see you sooner, or order some tests prior to your appointment.

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 12/4/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I went through the same thing after about my 6 month of treatment. I can really tell when I get a trigger injection in my lower & nothing for my mid or upper back. Do you have a tens unit?? Does it help with your neck? It helps some with the tension in mine. Well after they did a full MRI (just a lower previously since it was my main complaint) & I had issues all ovr. Make sure you tell your dr. I use an ice pack as well, maybe that can help some until your next apt.
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


Tirzah
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   Posted Yesterday 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi "Me"!

Just wanted to drop you a quick note of encouragement this morning. I really can't say what exactly could be causing your pain, but wanted to encourage you to try to focus on something positive for today. I know that can be hard when we're worrying about the worst but try to keep in mind that your back pain, while real, was not anything dangerous or life threatening. The same will hold true with your neck. You have an appointment on the 18th which really isn't that far away. At that time you can focus on figuring out what's wrong (most common problem is muscle sprains or muscle spasms, both of which while very painful are treatable with meds & often even go away completely after several weeks or months).

The best thing you can do for yourself now is just to try to stay calm by finding something positive to focus on. That will definitely help with the fear & there's a good chance it will even lessen your pain. Is there a friend/family member you can call, a good movie you can watch, is it warm enough to go outside for a short walk? You get the idea. Personally, I like to listen to music & work on my quilting when I'm feeling too nervous. When I really get anxious (like about the surgery that's coming up for me in 2 weeks) I find math problems to work on b/c those take all my mental efforts to try to solve & I don't have any brain cells left to worry about things out of my control. If things get really bad, maybe you could call a counselor to talk about it. It doesn't always help, but it's better than sitting at home paralyzed with fear about what could (but probably won't) be wrong with you, right?

Anyways, it's a beautiful (albeit, cold) day today so I am off to take my own advice. Wishing you a relaxed & peaceful day.

blessings,
frances

Baybreeze
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   Posted Yesterday 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I'm sorry you're suffering through all that pain, I know what it feels like. I have had something simillar happen in my neck. Sometimes I get a lot of pain in there and achiness and I've had times when I turned my neck and it felt stuck. I've also had times where I went to move my neck downward and suddenly felt this snapping feeling, as if a thick rubber band just snapped in my neck and I get some quick, sharp pain right after. Then sometimes I feel pain in my back or down my arms. I've not had my neck checked yet because my lumbar spine was worse and that's all that was focused on. And right now, with my basic insurance, I can't afford to have any imaging done on my neck. However, it's not like that every single day, it comes in flares. I had one time where my neck/head was turned more to the right and I couldn't move it back or in any other direction. It also makes a lot of like grinding noises when I move it. I have a feeling I have something similiar going on in my neck that I had in my lower spine. Perhaps you might have somethign similar. Of course the best bet, if you can , is to see a doctor and have it investigated.

uniquelyme
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   Posted Yesterday 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your posts..it is nice to know that complete strangers care about me. I am trying the tens machine on my neck and I am working on some crosswords...I need to wait until my appt. and see what the doc wants to do. So, until then I am gonna relax .......

Me.
 
 
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
 


kttn251977
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   Posted Yesterday 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats all you can do until you know differently. I use the tens & some ice when my spasms get bad. But if the tens is too much your arm will go out of control, lol. Hope it helps some.... I know how you feel. :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted Yesterday 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Uniquelyme:

My neck is bad ~ all the time.
I worry. Oh, I worry.
Today I feel like I'll never be ok.
I hope you get to feeling better.
And I hope I get to feeling better too!
And you out there ... I hope you all get to feeling better.
Did the cross words help you?
It's hard to know when to call the doctor.
If I called my doctor, what could happen?
He could send me to a Neurosurgeon!
For that reason i don't call or complain.
I don't want more pain medicine because
I have a long road ahead of me and I don't
want to build tolerance. I don't want a pain
pump.
So ... I just lump around on my couch staring
at my "To Do" list taped to the fridge.
I don't have your symptoms. Call your doctor.
It might calm you. (or not)
confused
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