Posted 8/17/2007 6:36 AM (GMT -6)
Has anyone had either of the above?
For those who don't know my background, I was in a MVA in December and developed whiplash.
Here I go self diagnosing myself again.Talking with a friend who had a bulging disc, our symptoms are similar, only my migraines are constant and pain medication gives me no relief whatsoever.
She just met someone who was diagnosed with the facet joint syndrome and once again our symptoms sound identical.
I have been to doctor after doctor and no one knows. I have done chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, I have done massage therapy, traction, neck strengthening techniques, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, cortisone shots, facet joint block (some relief) and they even burned my nerve endings. I still hurt, bad, if not worse than before.
I notice the pain is increased based on the movement of my head. It hurts to look down for a period of time. It is not so much an instant OMG pain. It is usually a few hours later where my headache is worse, or even the next day. I noticed it in the way I sleep so I ordered a neck brace from Walgreens and it comes today. I hope that helps.
I work in front of a computer, so once my neck gets that strained feel, that too makes my headaches worse.
I have a feeling my neck is not my only problem either. I also have occipital nerve pain along with horrible tension headaches. I have a hunch I also have occipital neuralgia. I get that feeling sometimes as if someone has bashed my head in with a baseball bat.
I am just wondering if anyone has had similar symptoms and if they have a diagnosis and treatment that worked. I ended up firing my Pain doctor because he just wanted to keep giving me useless drugs and keep stringing me along. I am going to see a neuro surgeon who specializes in the spine. My appointment is next Thursday.