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undiagnosed neck pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 5, 2010
  • 07:13 PM

hi there, my grandmother (82 yrs old) has had chronic "severe" neck pian for the past year and no Dr is able to clearly diagnose what is causing her pain. She has described the pain as high in her neck when she turns her head to the left and radiates into her scalp. She also describes "electrical stornms" in her head when she lays down to sleep at night.
She has seen a a napropathic Dr, her PCP, a neurologist (cor MRI & CAT scans) but all are unable to provide any confident diagnosis and have ultimately told her to continue seeing pain management clinic for nerve blocks and cortisone injections. they have also recommended she see a phychiatrist. Granted, my grandmother can often be over-dramatic, but I'm concerned that Drs are just passing her off as a crazy old lady seeking attention, and are overlooking that she may actually have something seriously wrong.
Her PCP "adjusted" her neck to some degree approx 1 yr ago and ever since she's had chronic pain. After reviewing an MRI, the neurologist told her she may have "fractured" vertabrae, but suggest the CAT scan showed nothing but arthritis (Degen Disc Dis). What I fear is happening is that this network of physicians are protecting each other and not fully caring for my grandmother the best they can. I live 1100 miles away from her and feel I'm at a loss to help. Is there anything you can suggest we ask about or "demand" the Drs check before we accept that she's making a mountain out of a molehill??

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