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holmesla
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   Posted 11/11/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, so I was starting to get better, had more good days than bad. Well for the last 7-8 days the pain in my neck and head have been bad and non stop. I just can't take it anymore. Just when I thought I was getting better, it seems I am worse.
 
Last I saw my primary care doctor, I was better and so she said she would see me in 6 months for a check up. The neurosurgeon I saw basically told me to forget about the pain and start exercising. Is it time for a second opinion? Perhaps a DO? I have seen a Pain Management doctor, and have tried several injections and procedures with him, to no avail, so I don't think that is an option.
 
I know time is what I need to heal, but it has been 11 months and I feel that has been plenty of time to heal. All we know is I have whiplash, mild DDD, mild spondylosis with a tiny bonespur (neuro said that is not what is causing my pain) and the loss of my cervical curve. Other than that, my MRI (from April) did not show anything out of the ordinary. My primary doc basically said my nerve endings are exaggerating and I am feeling more pain than I should be, so she put me on Tramadol. I don't feel that is even doing anything.
I wore a cervical collar for three weeks and it helped out tremendously, cutting my pain and frequency of pain in half. Lately though I wear it at night, and I wake up feeling worse, so I only wear it during the day sometimes. Between that and the , I am still having horrible pain. I am starting to get depressed again.
What should I do?
 
Also, is anyone taking Tramadol or Ultram? I actually take the Ultram, which I think is the same thing. Anywhoo, do you take it with any other pain meds, narcotics in particular? I ask because I am about to ask for some for the days I can't handle the pain.

razzle51
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   Posted 11/11/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Have you ever been checked for Chiari Malformation

 

 
I take Tramadol 100 mg 3 x aday and also take Keppra, flexerill , synthroid etc etc . yes its the same as Ultram and is a excellent pain reliever and you can take with just about anything . Google it and it will give a list meds that shouldnt be taken with it.
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holmesla
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   Posted 11/11/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response. I have heard of Chiari Malformation and I am pretty sure that is not what I have. My pain is a result of a MVA. Anywhoo, I did have a brain CT Scan that came out normal. My pain does def come from my neck, deep inside and moves upwards to my head. I really believe it is nerve pain.
 
It is good to know I can take other emds with the Ultram. It is not like I want to be on narcotics, but its good to know I have the option if I need it. It seems to be the only thing that helps to relieve my pain. I do not take it daily, only when I absolutely cannot go one, maybe 1-2 times a week at the most.

holmesla
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   Posted 11/11/2007 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Thats the thing, I don't have anything going on with my arms or hands. So I am not sure. I don't know if this is related or not, but every now and again I get restlest arms. Almost like restless leg syndrome, but it is in my arms and I cannot stop moving them. this could be a side effet of the Ultram, but I am not sure.

When I saw the neurosurgeon before, he looked at the MRI but was adament that I didnt need another one as things can't change that quickly. I certainly don't agree with him at all. He also felt that the bone spur was there before the accident, which I have no clue how he could tell that. I know my body and I know there is a reason I am in such pain. I may end up having to see a different nuerosurgeon.


razzle51
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   Posted 11/11/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
hummmmmm I have restless arms too if I dont take my Keppra . The Keppra stops it . Its not the Tramadol . How long has it been since you had a MRI of the neck and thorastic  region.

Syringomyelia T4-T10
Chiari Malformation
Decompression Surgery 1999
 
"Sometimes You've Gotta Laugh To Keep From Screaming"
 

 
 
 



Sarita
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   Posted 11/11/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have an osteopathic specialty clinic nearby?  See if you can find a DO in your area who specializes in neuromuscular medicine.  You can look 'em up by going to your state's osteopathic medicine association website, probably.  They might be able to offer some alternatives. 
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razzle51
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Chiari can be caused by a MVA. I would check further .

Syringomyelia T4-T10
Chiari Malformation
Decompression Surgery 1999
 
"Sometimes You've Gotta Laugh To Keep From Screaming"
 

 
 
 



abc123
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
It can;t hrut to see another neurosurgeon. Several years ago I saw one that said I was fine and another that said my spine was totally f'd up. However, FWIW, I did have a heck of a case of radicular neuropathy. Blew through a set on wine glasses in about a week because I couldn't feel the hand that held them. Darn shame; they were beautiful glasses.

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Rx: Cymbalta, Flexeril, EC Naprosyn, Ambien CR, Vicodin 5/500, Kadian 60, Buspar, Xanax, Seravent, Albuterol, herbal supplements and vitamins, Lidocaine injections, and Botox injections

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