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Dancinbug posted:
Hey everyone! I'm new to the group. Figured this was a good shot at getting some help and advice.

About 8 years ago I was in a bad car accident. The top half of my body went one way, the bottom went another and jolted my neck/spine/hips in opposite directions. Doc says "trauma" can cause the pain I'm experiencing. Ok, I agree. So I went to a chiropractor as well as physical therapy....no help after a year. Went back to the doctor and he gave me pain medicine and told me that most likely I have osteoarthritis. Ok, now what? So a few years go by and I continue to see a chiropractor still with NO RELIEF whatsoever. I take my pills, do the recommended stretches, work out, heat, ice, rest, yoga, massage, etc and still by noon I'm absolutely exhausted. Then I became pregnant with my daughter and after I had her my back not only got worse but had obvious added strain (which most mothers have from holding their children etc.). I have stopped all activites (working out, teaching dance, sports, etc)

This is the feeling I have experienced for over 8 years - shoulder blade/middle back. I feel like I have a large 'spider web' like hold on my spine. VERY tight grip. As the web pulls to the right, my spine goes with it. It is hard and numb most of the time. My right arm tingles/hurts sometimes but I don't have fatigue (meaning I can squeeze and lift without losing function of my grip). IT HURTS so bad everyday, all day, no relief. Just recently my hips have started to become tight and I'm getting a sharp pain from neck to hip. Could it be a disk issue? I have no clue. Please help me. Hoping to get an MRI soon once insurance gets their $hi*# together.
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davedsel57 responded:
Hello and welcome. I'm sorry to read of all you have been through. I fully understand.

First, you must get the MRI done so a spine specialist can properly diagnose you and know what is causing your pain.

Second, you need to see a spine specialist such as an orthopedic spine surgeon or neuro spine surgeon. These are the best doctors for dealing with conditions such as yours.

Do not get anymore treatment until you have an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. You could be doing more damage and causing more pain.

After you get an accurate diagnosis, you may want to see a good pain management specialist. The best types are called physiatrists as they do many types of treatments.

Do your research on the internet. There are many good websites for spine information. Here are some links:

WebMD Back Pain Health Center: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/default.htm

Spine Health: http://">http://www.spine-health.com

Spine Universe: http://www.spineuniverse.com

I hope you can get answers, treatment and relief soon.
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Blessings,

-Dave
 
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davedsel57 replied to davedsel57's response:
Sorry, here is the correct link for Spine-Health: http://www.spine-health.com/
Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

-Dave
 
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Skimore responded:
As a mom, I am so compelled to reply. Trying to balance family life with my own concerns has been a challenge to my body and soul for the last 2 years. My most important suggestion is to not let your docs skimp on X-rays or MRI's. Try to get the entire picture up front as this will help you to prioritize your injuries and help you to be realistic about your eventual recovery. Have your specialist lined up before you get your MRI if you can. I was injured sledding with my boys 2 years ago, but walked off the hill after the pain faded. I went 4 months before seeking treatment from my gp. She ordered X-rays of my neck, which was broken and dislocated at c5 and had 3 blown disks. In the flurry of my fusion surgery of c3-c7, no one ever thought to look further down my spine. This would have made a big difference in the brace I wore and where and how long I recovered. Later issues revealed a t10 fracture and bulging disk at t4. Be aggressive in your fact finding and take someone with you to hear the results! I know I am so fortunate to still be here, and I am sure you feel lucky to have carried your daughter after being injured. Though recovery may not be speedy, you will be glad you pursued treatment so you can enjoy many long years with your family. Pain is wearing and nerve pain is frightening. Mothering in pain can be a blur of fake smiles, guilt and exhaustion. Know that there will be brighter days and you are on the right path. My good thoughts will be with you!
 
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Dancinbug replied to Skimore's response:
Thanks to you both! I agree that I need to be more stern and upfront with getting what i need. The only x-rays that have ever been taken have been of the top part of my back. That's it. I also get a burning sensation in my rib cage (left side only) if I sit/stand too long which I know has to do with something stemming from my injury as well. I appreciate your good thoughts and helpful information!! Now that we are moving forward with insurance I'll hopefully be able to finally get this pain figured out!
 
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Skimore replied to Dancinbug's response:
Ice, antiinflamatory and rest for the ribs. Walgreens sells giant gel ice packs. This is the same nerve pain I get around both sides from my disk issue at t3-4. I was told the thoracic spine was very difficult to injure and my surgeon had to argue with insurance to get an MRI here. When it got really inflamed (like a hot rope around my rib cage), a round of oral prednisone (medrol dose pack) knocked the inflammation down and kind of reset me to a better spot to recover. This is a difficult area to fix surgically and patience will be required. Best wishes! I am not a doctor,just a clutz.


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