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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/20/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am new to this website but I feel so desparate at the moment and hope I can get some help.
I have been suffering pain from a trapped nerve for the past 3 months. The pain goes from my neck, shoulder blade, shoulder, underarm, chest, all down my arm and elbow. I have been back and forth to my GP and he has prescribed various medication to help with the pain. I have also been visiting a Chiropractor just recently twice a week. She didn't do the normal clicking stuff, it was really an alternative approach which to be honest I didn't really believe in. I suffer terribly from Health Anxiety and was terrified that I had a spinal tumour so went privately for an MRI scan. The conclusion of this was Spondylotic change throughout the cervical spibne. Most marked as C4/5 but no convincing neural compression.
What I cannot understand is if there is no convincing neural compression why am I still in so much pain. I also get tingling in my should blade. The pain doesn't really bother me at night and tends to get worse as the day goes on.
Has anyone else suffered anything similar with the aching in chest and rib cage as well as the shoulder and arm?
I would be so grateful for some reassurance as I am now convincing myself that the tumour must be either lower down my spine where they didn't scan or in my should blade or ribs.
Also I forgot to mention, I have good movement in my arm, it doesn't hurt to move it, or for that matter my neck, unless the pain is really bad then it does a bit.
I started playing tennis about 5 months ago (obviously haven't played since the pain started), just once a week for about an hour, but wonder whether that has anything to do with it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thread and I am sorry if I have gone on a bit too much but I feel so anxious and it is completely taking over my life at the moment.
I am 52 and have suffered on and off for years with neck/shoulder problems but nothing ever as bad as this.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/20/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mary 8
There is  a brilliant Gel That my mother and I use, ( I have dystonia and My mother suffers from arthritus as well some  nerve damage in her spinal chord) the gel is called Rapigel and You may laugh but it actually works,  you can buy it from your local vet. I know someone who is a vet and  he has nursing homes asking after the gel because it is really soothing and works.  You can also  order it over the internet. Just type in Rapigel and that should give you an address. The Rapigel is completely natural  and should not harm your skin if your sensitive, Just rub it onto the affected area.
Hope  this  helps

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 12/20/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you need a prescription to buy it, Poppy?
Will the vet understand why I'm buying it and be able to help me out a little?

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   Posted 12/20/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Mary,
Welcome to the CP forum. I am in my upper 50's and have had chronic neck problems since my 30's. I've had some excellent physical therapy over the years, mostly in the 1990's, and to this day I still have to do the stretches, use a good cervical pillow, and watch my posture, etc. or it can get very bad quickly. (my lower back is the main reason for my serious pain, but that's another story).

What I have learned over the years is that chiropractics can be dangerous for your neck because there are so many nerves that pass through the small spaces; it's more helpful for your lower back. BUT a good physical therapist - one who specializes in dealing with the cervical spine - can be a godsend. I suspect your recent tennis playing has aggravated some thing. Muscles can entrap a lot of nerves, it doesn't always have to be at the spinal level to cause problems. The good news is that a lot of physical therapy, some massage, etc, and following the instructions of your PT and doctor can make for a lot of improvement over time. But it does take time. I'm not a doctor, but your symptoms probaby aren't coming from a tumor (I think your doctor would have spotted something). If I were you the first thing I'd do is ask for a referral to a good physical therapist. I'd call them and ask who specializes in dealing with cervical spine problems.


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   Posted 12/20/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mary and I too wanted to welcome you to Healing Well. You have come to the right place because all of us here at HW suffer with CP for some reason or another. Its a real mixed bag here of different ailments leading to CP. None of us here are drs so all we can do is talk about what has helped us or didn't help us. No two CP patients are the same thats for sure. So, what may work for me may not even work for you. What I take medication wise may not help you either.
With your pain hanging on for 3 months it can literally wear you out physically and mentally. Considering your pain is in the early stages its very important to get the correct and proper medical attention you need to get your problems corrected before letting it go too long. Many people end up with chronic pain due to not getting the proper medical attention  in the beginning.
I know you state your age as being being 52 and thats young. However, over time our bodies age as we do and this is something that has been going on with your neck unknown to you for some time. The spondylotic changes are something that developed over time in other words. I am betting that probably while you were playing tennis you probably reached or stretched the wrong way and aggravated the neck condition that was lying dormant and not giving you alot of problems. Many, many people can have bulging disc or even small herniated disc and never know it until they have some sort of trauma. You can herniate a disc by picking up a gallon of milk or even putting clothes in a clothes dryer and move the wrong way. I doubt very seriously you have a tumor, because your dr would have picked up on any symptoms you exhibit.
The terrible chest pain and other areas of pain you spoke about I am willing to bet are due to muscles spasms. Let me tell you something, muscle spasms can deal you a whole lot of pain and grief if not corrected. I use to get spasms in my neck so bad that they radiated down in my chest and around my shoulders that it felt like I was having a heart attack. The first time this happened to me it scared me to death because I just knew I was having a heart attack. But, it was nothing more than severe muscle spasms. If you are not on a muscle relaxer, by all means get your dr to prescribe one. But, you must take them as directed because they did not appear over night and getting those muscles to relax will not happen over night. I am lucky enough that I can keep my pain level down pretty good with them instead of my pain pills for BT pain. I have a pain pump implanted so I have a small steady dose of pain medication that is delivered to my pain receptors in my back. I have both neck & back pain. I would ask my PCP to ref me to a good physical therapist as well. Another trick of mine is to wet a hand towel and nuke it in the microwave, careful not to get it too hot and then roll it and wrap it around my neck. Moist heat is much more effective than dry heat.
Just some thoughts to pass on to you and to say hi & welcome to HW. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Susie

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   Posted 12/20/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I have worked for a vet for the last 6 1/2yrs and I have never heard of Rapigel, so I wouldn't assume that every vet carries it. I can also say that we wouldn't just give something like that out to just anyone looking for it. It would have to be prescribed to an animal that has a condition that warrants it use. Not to say that you don't get this stuff from your vet. I don't know the circumstance or your relationship with them, but I can say that I don't believe that getting a medication from a vet that you plan on using for yourself is really very plausible.

Other than that, I'd like to welcome you & Mary to HW. I'm sorry about all the pain you are in, but you certainly have come to a great place for support!


Post Edited (skeye) : 12/20/2008 9:12:56 PM (GMT-7)

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 12/20/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Poppy speaks of Dystonia and Rapidgel. : )
I'm very interested in it.
I have a diagnosis of Cervical Dystonia (or Torticollis)
I kinda got this thread tangled. Sorry.

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   Posted 12/20/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Whoops, you are right Pamela. Must not have read too carefully. I'll change that. Thanks

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   Posted 12/21/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your kind and supportive messages, it has helped me a great deal. I am trying to remain positive but because I suffer so badly from Health Anxiety it is really difficult for me not to worry and of course the pain is a constant reminder that I have something wrong with me.
At the moment I am only taking Paracetamol and Codeine, not the stonger Co-codamol. I have been prescribed this and Diclofenac plus Diaxepam from my Doctor, but my Chiropractor tells me that I should try not to take them. This confuses me rather and sometimes I don't know what to do for the best. I try not to take anything until later in the day when the pain seems to get worse. I also worry about the amount of medication I have been taking over the past 3 months and think that it will give me other health issues.
I am so glad I found this site, it has been a great comfort to me and I would still appreciate any other messages.
Thank you.

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   Posted 12/21/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
mary, other than codeine, i have never heard of those meds..... but let me give my opinion of chirpopracoters. i might get some heat for this, so this is my personal experience. when i first started having back pain it was about 10 years ago with migranes. after failed attempt after attempt from my dr he recommended having my spine checked. well, the first chiropractor said i had scoliosis. pulling, twisting, cracking, etc. i moved & about 5 years later my back began to start aching. i chucked it up to being a bartender. then the pain got so intense i went to my family dr & kept telling them something was wrong.... no its my job, i am too young for that kind of pain, blah blah blah. so i went to a local chiropractor. when i left that day i felt pretty good, her diagnosis was something about my hips being out of place. more yanking, pulling strectching.... then it got to where i could barely move. when i moved again my family dr referred me on to a pain specialist. finally an mri. somethings i can't pronounce along with 6 bulging discs, sciatica & there was a break on the inside of my vertebrae. from something or someone causing trauma to my spine..... i never had a severe injury as a child so my family says, nothing major growing up that i can remember- all i could think was the chiropractor..... there was once when the first chiro had me twisted and yanked it took the breathe out of me. i think thats where the severe injury came from. i think if its someone who has a normal occasional back ache, or is healthy then a chiro may be very beneficial..... but for people like us- i think we need to stick with the people who are specialized in this subject. i wish i had gone years ago to a specialist, maybe there would have been more than just medicine to help. you talked about the burning feeling, i have it in my legs & one arm. lyrica helps a lot, but there are days i don't sleep from it. right now i am in so much pain, if there was an 11 i'd be there. we never sleep, i know i can say i hardly eat, constant nausea, pills, expense, depression insomnia.... the list keeps going. you need someone who can refer you to the right people. you need a team of them too..... if you want to spen your money someplace i can't reccomend enough the powers of a good masseuse, especially one who will understand your problem. mine was nice enough to go back to school and ask her teacher how to deal with my problems, can you believe that? (my theory you tip big enough people will always treat you well.... ha ha) i have tried accupuncture before medicine, it was a waste of money. it was nice, felt like i was in a tanning bed, the heat from the needles. very relaxing. but no help. there are physical therapists. you need a shrink to talk about your life- or the lack of.... my PCP recommended it & it does help if you get someone who can deal with people in chronic pain. some of us even have neurologists... i feel like i am 80, not 31. but, i just feel like there are some areas where modern science trumps holistic health. this is my personal experience. if you feel like you want to investigate the options- by all means don't let me stop you. but my opinion is that you have something going on, you know you do- you need a professional & let them make the decision as to what you should do. i wish i had that advice 10 years ago. i would have never ever thought the best years of my life i would be at home, waiting on disability. and pain specialist are a lot more than just medication. they are a support system. i am very close to my dr, he is a few years older than me & suffers from chronic back pain. so he gets it. it took awhile to find one who would listen to me, and when the results came back i felt so validated there was something wrong. i had so many years of wrong diagnosis, yet no one had done an mri. i know this is a long post & i like to ramble.... but just be careful if you decide to go with a chirporactor. i would suggest a specialist. you have something going on. i know i thought it was in my head for years, yet i would cry myself to sleep some nights from the pain. and i will always have some amount of pain, nothing will take it away 100%. but there are a lot of options for you through them, more than just medication. and you couldn't ask for a better cheerleader. i know some people have had trouble with getting a good dr, i did too. but once i did, they have made a difference in my life. good luck on your journey, just be cautious & welcome to our small family. :)
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   Posted 12/23/2008 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, im new also. I suffer from nerve pain in pain and shoulder and fibromyalgia.  The pain I get is like incrediable burning, its hurts to stand , walk or sit.  I now see a pain specialist and am at last being taken seriously, put  on an opioid helped heaps but it is always there and im so sick of lvining in constant pain.....  sue2z sad sad
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