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Pain Is Controlling My Life; Doctors Won't Help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 19, 2010
  • 07:12 PM

5.5 years ago I had a cervical spinal fusion of C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 for treatment of prolapsed discs with foramen narrowing and associated severe neck, forearm, wrist and hand pain, pins and needles, etc. Took 1.5 years to get any doctor to take me seriously as I have a history of depression. Surgery successful, pain resolved within 2 weeks. For the past year, the same symptoms have returned after falling down some stairs. I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and "fibromyalgia" and the doctors all avoid any suggestion of my neck being involved, even though the C-7 healed with a non-union according to the MRI and the C2-3, C3-4 now have spurring and more narrowing of the foramen, causing nerve entrapment. I have not slept through the night in months, I am getting more and more depressed and frustrated at the doctors judging me and treating me like a psycho. They don't want to do anymore surgery and have put me on a ton of pain-killers, NSAID's, prednisone tapers, etc. Nerve conduction studies inconclusive and painful. I walk around with a heating pad wrapped around my arm. I am ready to give up. Does anyone have any similar experiences with this? I was recently told by a doctor that my nervous system was too sensitive to pain. That was insulting to me. I know what misery feels like, but trying to relate to doctors is very difficult.

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  • 5.5 years ago I had a cervical spinal fusion of C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 for treatment of prolapsed discs with foramen narrowing and associated severe neck, forearm, wrist and hand pain, pins and needles, etc. Took 1.5 years to get any doctor to take me seriously as I have a history of depression. Surgery successful, pain resolved within 2 weeks. For the past year, the same symptoms have returned after falling down some stairs. I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and "fibromyalgia" and the doctors all avoid any suggestion of my neck being involved, even though the C-7 healed with a non-union according to the MRI and the C2-3, C3-4 now have spurring and more narrowing of the foramen, causing nerve entrapment. I have not slept through the night in months, I am getting more and more depressed and frustrated at the doctors judging me and treating me like a psycho. They don't want to do anymore surgery and have put me on a ton of pain-killers, NSAID's, prednisone tapers, etc. Nerve conduction studies inconclusive and painful. I walk around with a heating pad wrapped around my arm. I am ready to give up. Does anyone have any similar experiences with this? I was recently told by a doctor that my nervous system was too sensitive to pain. That was insulting to me. I know what misery feels like, but trying to relate to doctors is very difficult.It really troubles me when genuinely hurt people are allowed to go on in anguish because MOST doctors are too ignorant to care/can't see anyone's opinion over their own.If I was in your situation, I would go to the hospital that contained the best and brightest, and in your case, that would be an orthopedic hospital.The Hospital for Special Surgery, located in New York, New York, is the best ranked orthopedic hospital in the county, followed by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, MA.However, with your condition, I might suggest that you make an appointment to go to the Mayo Clinic, as they might be more helpful in your case, and are consistently top ranked in ALL fields of medicine.I hope that you seek your treatment, you need not be in such unnecessary pain.
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    • October 20, 2010
    • 05:48 AM
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