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holmesla
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   Posted 7/1/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so long story short, two and a half years ago I was in a car accident. A few weeks later I began getting horrible migraines. I was constantly in pain. I also had neck and shoulder pain. I saw plenty of doctors, my primary care doctor, a migraine neurologist, chiropractor, neurologist (who as a jerk), and a Pain management doctor.  I had multiple spinal injections, chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, medication, and more.  I had been told I had Disc Degerative Disease (mild) and Whiplash. Once I was done with these treatments, my doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. She didn't run any tests, but felt that my pain ws muscular, so she put that name on it. I am still to this day on Ultram, which is used to treat the pain.
 
 Really the only thing that actually helped was time.  The pain became less severe and less often, though I still get flare ups. It's hard to tell what causes flare ups. I know the change in weather can cause it, and my monthly period can as well. Sometimes sleeping in the wrong position causes it, sometimes it appears for no reason.
 
Well this last flare up is a doozy. I am on my 8th day of terrible pain and can no longer take it. usually my flare ups will last up to three or so days, but over a week? That has not been the norm.
 
I can feel the pain and pressure in my neck. Almost like a burning pain. It hurts to touch and it hurts just sitting there.  It honestly feels like nerve pain that's deep inside. My neck and shoulder muscles are sore as well, so I keep my massage pillow on them periodically, along with some heat. Then I've got the horrible, tension-like headache as a result of the neck tenseness.
 
My question is I am about ready to see another doctor. I have given up hope for too long. I still get pain and I am tired of masking it with medicine, I want to try at it again to see why I keep hurting and fix it. So what type of doctor should I seek out for help? A rheumatologist? An orthopedic doctor? I have no idea. I feel like I have muscle and nerve pain in the neck/shoulder area that causes the headache.

TroubleMaker
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   Posted 7/1/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Have you had an MRI, it wasn't until they did one on me that showed the ruptured dics in my back.  If you have tell them you want another one.  Take everything you have to the new doctor.

I wish I had some more advise for you,  good luck

Trouble


 
~TMJ
~ Ruputed Disc (L-3-L-4) Surgery to repair :-( didn't help pain ~carpal tunnel in both wrists
~ bad hips
~ bad knees
~ bad ankles
~ Just diagnosed with Diabetes
~ high blood pressure
 WOOO HOOOO thats it for now!!!!!!!!!


holmesla
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 7/1/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I did have x rays, which showed mild ddd and whiplash. I had an MRI that didn't show anything other than tiny bne spur that supposedly isn't what is causing my pain.

TroubleMaker
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 7/1/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   

I think I'd ask for another MRI... has it been a while since the first one??

Trouble


 
~TMJ
~ Ruputed Disc (L-3-L-4) Surgery to repair :-( didn't help pain ~carpal tunnel in both wrists
~ bad hips
~ bad knees
~ bad ankles
~ Just diagnosed with Diabetes
~ high blood pressure
 WOOO HOOOO thats it for now!!!!!!!!!


Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 7/1/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with TroubleMaker on this, However maybe going a step further and getting
a contrast MRI done as it might show more. My back problems were also cause by a car
accident 10 years ago, my upper back got better but my lower back never did and I was
on Naproxen for so long, I got to the point where you are and I'm still there after numberous
procedures, I sure hope you can get a low pain day soon, and ask about the contrast MRI
Soft HUGZ and lots of them..
a heating pad at night sometimes helps, just a thought.
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skeye
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   Posted 7/1/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi holmesla,

Welcome to the CP board! Gosh, I'm not sure about your question. I'd think that you'd want to see another neurologist if you feel that the pain is nerve related, but I'm really not sure. Have you talked with your PCP about this? Maybe he/she can refer you somewhere. Have you tried any other alternative therapies like acupuncture? I see that you've done a few, but sometimes those are really helpful too, especially when western medicine doesn't help. Best of luck!

Skeye

LLPLUV
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1158
   Posted 7/4/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
In the past I have used acupuncture and it worked but its so expensive I opted out of further treatment.

Yes you should go in for a second opinion with another doctor. From experience I have had so many opinions I'd say 5th and 6th. Its a long road and most of us feel your frustrations. But you know your body more than any of the doctors. If you feel something is not right you see doctor after doctor until they can figure out whats going on.

Best wishes
Laurie
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all

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