Cyst causing pain

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   Posted 11/2/2017 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a Arachnoid cyst: a collection of cerebrospinal fluid covered by arachnoid cells and collagen that develops between the surface of the brain in the cranial base or on the arachnoid membrane. I don't have cancer or anything like that. The neurosurgeon said it's the main thing causing my chronic pain, but I have some issues with my back as well. I had a doc take an x-ray on my back and neck and say that I have arthritis. My new doc can't find anything in my charts about it so she is having me do another x-ray. I'm also getting an MRI on my head.

I can have exploratory surgery to see if they can remove the cyst, but I really don't want another hole in my head. The surgeon said to wait until I absolutely couldn't handle it anymore. I get pain from the top of my head down the left side and numbness in the same area. I also walk left sometimes, so I walk with a cane to help steady me.

My new doctor is talking pain management cause I have been taking 800MG tablets of Ibuprofen upto 3 times a day. Some days that doesn't work so I have 50MG Tramadol tabs. I have days where just moving puts me in really bad pain. I'm not sure at this time whether she is talking about the shot you get in the spine or if she is going to send me to a pain management specialist.

The cause of the cyst was an accident where I was walking a canyon rim in new mexico and it collapsed taking me with it. I hit my head hard enough to open a wound and cause temporary amnesia. My back was caused by car accidents. Yes, I said more than one car accident. My mom says my cars had a bulls eye on it, and drunk drivers loved to hit it. I had 10 accidents. I can't drive anymore.

Thats my story and I'm wondering what you guys think of pain management?

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   Posted 11/2/2017 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello & welcome to the forum. Yes, the vast majority of us are under the care of pain mgt drs & have been for years. Treating pain is their specialty. Also, with the narcotic hysteria drs are not wanting to prescribe pain medications & this is where pain mgt drs come into play. Pain mgt is very strict environment. My guess is the dr is talking pain mgt because of the pain you are having from the cyst.

As far as your spine issues you need a proper workup including scans. A pain mgt would not do injections without proper scans. It sounds like you need some better communication out of your dr as to why she is talking about pain mgt drs.

Take care.
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   Posted 11/2/2017 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be getting an x-ray of my spine and neck to see if it's arthritis. My doctor is really thorough so I'm sure she will keep going until we find the issue.

As to my head she may want the operation, but I will refuse and just deal with the pain. I really don't want them messing around in my head. I have enough issues with it, lol.
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