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Back, head and neurological symptoms.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 13, 2007
  • 00:39 PM

36 y.o. female

I have an abnormally tilted coccyx, and have had chronic back problems since the c-section delivery of my 1st child at age 21. Both my children were delivered by c-section due to my tipped coccyx.

Chiropractic treatments have always been helpful in the past, but 2 years ago I began having severe headaches, with pain behind my right eye and at on the back of my head on the right side. Along with this, I began to lose bladder control, had numbness and tingling in my arms and legs.

At this point, my chiropractor told me he could no longer treat me until I had clearance from a neurologist. Living in northern Ontario, and not having access to a family doctor, it took me over a year of walk-in clinic visits and begging for referrals in ER before I was able to see one. I was checked for diabetes in ER.

Neurologist gave me medication to test for hemicrania continua, but the medication did not help. He gave me Rx for migraine, which did not help, and then performed a head CT, and then an MRI and found no abnormalities, and therefore referred me back to the non-existant family doctor.

I was given Rx for Toradol, to be taken 3x daily as needed. (I am allergic to opiates). While I have a never-ending supply of Toradol, they are no longer effective in fully taking away my headache pain. I am currently taking up to 4 or 5 doses of Toradol, along with ibuprofen daily. The headaches awaken me in the night, I wake with one daily and am trying to function as well as I can.

In the past month, I have begun to experience an increased severity in headache pain and awaken daily with complete numbness in my arms and feet. Along with the increased severity in symptoms, I am now experiencing a severe mid-back centralized pain that prevents me from sitting or stretching/bending forward. I am unable to find a position that provides relief, but have been trying to walk daily and stretch as far as I am able. Other than these issues, I am in good physical and mental health.

I am at a loss as to what to do without access to a family doctor. Walk-in clinics have revolving doctors, some of which have been helpful and sympathetic, but they seem to assume I want pain medication (which I do not, being allergic to it). ER visits go nowhere, they simply refer me to the family doctor that does not exist.

I simply want a diagnosis and relief. I have been told to apply for disability, but I do not with to do so. I am a full time student, wife and mother of two and want to feel better.

Can a physician here offer me any advice?

Thank you in advance for any assistance!

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