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Help! Upper and Lower Back Problems

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  • Posted By: PDDispatcher
  • August 9, 2007
  • 08:05 PM

I am asking for help from anyone that may know where I can find proof of my medical problem. I am a 44 year old male who was in the US Air Force for 14 years. While I was in, I injuried my back when I was 19 and started my first of many bouts with Sciatica. I injuried myself around 15 times while I was in the service. I got out and was given to the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a disabled Vet. I am currently rated at 70%. I have nerve damage in both legs, no knee or ankle ***k and several other wonderful things. In the past 3 years, I've developed numerous problems in my upper back including spasms, sharp shoulder and neck pain, and numbness and tingling in my arms. The VA has told me that there is NO link between the two. But I was told I have Degenerative Disk Disease and from what I've found so far, that is a cause for the connection to both problems. What I am asking is does anyone else have this problem or does anyone know a site where it shows that there is indeed a connection. I'm pleading for help from anyone who may be able to help me.

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  • I can help...find NAET or Bioset locally and go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! www.naet.com get your life back under control......regards...mommy cat
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  • I have been suffering from some of the same symptoms you have over the last six months. I have had an MRI of my cervical spine, and it shows degenerative disc disease with mild spinal cord compression. Have you had an MRI of your cervical spine? Here is an article that may be helpful.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/408487_print
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2007
    • 05:07 AM
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  • I have been suffering from some of the same symptoms you have over the last six months. I have had an MRI of my cervical spine, and it shows degenerative disc disease with mild spinal cord compression. Have you had an MRI of your cervical spine? Here is an article that may be helpful.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/408487_printI was having herniated disc propblem. I got this checked up form MRI and doctor advised me to go for surgery. Instead of surgery i started doing walk and sometime walk is about 10 kms a day. I am feeling better.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 03:34 PM
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  • I have almost the same thing (arm anyway/below the elbow). I had a nerve conduction test and it showed I have nerve issues in my neck. Half of my arm goes numb (thumb, pointer, and middle finger only). They said it is C-6/C-7. I just wish they had found out before they did shoulder surgery...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 06:33 AM
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  • Here are a few sites that may help. They look like good info sites. I was lucky that the AF caught my neck stuff. My PCM sent me to a doctor off base and all they did was shoulder surgery (which only got rid of half my pain), but a doc at the PT clinic (I know...no really, the PT clinic on base) told me that it sounded like nerve problems and told me to tell my PCM I needed a nerve conduction test...Bingo...now I'm actually seeing improvement. I hope the sites help.http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/back_problems/pinched_nerve/http://www.spine.org/articles/emg_test.cfmhttp://neurosurgery.mgh.harvard.edu/Spine/lnkspine.htmHere is the search I used to get the sites:http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=nerve+damage+neck+and+spine&FORM=MSNH
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 06:45 AM
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