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chequer

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Neck pain
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:05:10 PM »
I am going on to 82 years of age.
In 1973 I had a fall shattering my spine at C4-C5 and at T9
I had a piece of my hip bone fused to C4-C5. 
I am now getting a lot of pain in the left side of my neck. (length of the cervical section)
I don't think this could be Osteoporosis. If it were, I imagine the pain would be in all my neck.
My left carotid artery is completely blocked. My Doctor assures me that this would not cause the pain. but doesn't offer any other reason for the pain.
Any ideas on this?

Steve Lockhart

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Re: Neck pain
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 04:04:55 AM »
Hi Chequer,

When you shattered your neck there would have bound to have been a lot of tissue trauma which means the muscles supporting the neck would have gone into spasm or locked up. Over time this causes those muscles to become weak and eventually the pain comes just from the fact they can no longer cope with the job of holding up your head and supporting your shoulder and arm on that side.

You probably find or found initially that lying down and taking the weight off, the pain went away or putting heat on the area helps. I expect that the pain gets worse as the day goes on and if you put a neck support on when the pain stated it would feel a bit better,

I suggest you get some deep tissue massage (preferably SLM massage if someone is near you) on a regular basis (weekly) for as many months as has been since the accident and it should come good. Some heat rub into the muscles twice a day would be good also.

All the best
Steve

pete t

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Re: Neck pain
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 08:55:04 AM »
Hi, my name is pete t. I am writing this to say that i have had a few MRI's, and it is now clear that i have, in my c4 to c6 movement in my vertebra.  I have been to see a consultant and he has suggested that i have an operation to rebuild the vertebrae this will involve putting scaffold in to hold the vertebrae in place and also relieve the pressure in the spinal cord, this is due to the narrowing of the spinal cord.  They have advised some of the complications involved in this operation, but my question to you is, do you know of anyone who has had this operation and the outcome to this procedure.

Looking forward to hearing from you with regards to the above.

Kind regards

Pete

Steve Lockhart

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Re: Neck pain
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 03:52:39 AM »
Hi Pete, movement in the vertebrae is usually caused by muscles pulling it the wrong way and in my expereicne is fixible without surgery but everyone is different and it is difficult to comment on your particular case with treating you once.

Good luck in what you decide.
Steve

 

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