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For the love of God, someone help us!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 12, 2007
  • 03:44 AM

My Fiance broke his neck 3 years ago when an intruder broke into our home. The fracture was on C-6, with compression of C-4,C-5, and C-7. Also there was damage to the T-1 vertabre. The doctors didn't diagnose the neck injury for THREE days. He wasn't given a foam collar till the diagnosis. Time passed and things seemed to get better until about 6 months later, he had an onset of sharp pains down his arms and legs. It was so bad he couldn't even dress himself in the morning without my help. He went to the hospital were they gave him Tylenol and sent him home. The pain persisted and worsened over time. The doctors took MRI's, Xrays, everything you can about imagine and kept telling us nothing was wrong. The pain finally settled between his shoulders and arms. They said it was stress. So, fed up with the tylenol (which he is now allergic too), I sent my fiance to my family doctor, in another town. He recognized he was in severe pain and believes it is due to the neck injury, and prescribed him stronger pain killers and muscle relaxers to help cope. In March, my fiance lost most feeling and movement in is left wrist. It was very sudden. If fact, he was walking down the hall to our bedroom when it went limp. The movement returned about a month later but after that he lost the right wrist. Now he is losing the left one again and the right hasn't returned yet. Our doctor is currently sending us to specialists with little luck. They tend to blow us off with diagnosis' of Saturday Night Palsy, and Post Dramatic Stress Disorder, or saying things like he leaned on something for too long.
Another specialist took took tests with electricfied needles and placed them in his arms all the way up to his neck and told him the damage WAS coming from his neck. So, we know it is the neck injury but no one believes us or will do anything to help us.
It is crazy and we are so confused, cause one doctor will look at our MRI's and say "Oh yeah, there is bone spurring and the alignment is off" and another will say "There is nothing wrong with you". I just want my fiance to be happy again, like he used to be. What can we do to get people to listen to us? He can't even sleep at night. Please!!!!

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  • Where do you live? He needs to see a neurosurgeon or neurolgist. Sometimes, these injuries are handled by orthopedic specialists also. Consider a malpractice lawsuit.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 08:07 AM
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  • We live in Nebraska. We have seen a couple neurologists, 2 neurosurgeons (who wouldn't listen to us), and an orthopedic surgeon (who left us in 10 minutes into our visit then sent a nurse in to tell us he was going to go on to another patient). We are so frustrated cause it is getting worse and no one will take him seriously.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 06:52 PM
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