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pain at base of neck

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  • Posted By: zillapower500
  • December 29, 2006
  • 10:01 PM

26y/male when attempting to lean head backwards i get a sharp pain at base of neck that stops me in my tracks and somtimes drops me to my knees ..at the base of neck there is a big bulge that i never noticed before.doctors say i must have been born with this bulge but i never had this problem before.my ? is does anybody else have this problem or what can cuase this type of pain

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  • It might be spinal stenosis. The surgery for this has a high success rate. Good luck!
    danalou 2 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 08:28 PM
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  • Surgery should be you last option- not first!! First of all- on your vertebraes, you have C-7 that is pronouced and right below it is T-1. C-7 will move under your finger when you move your head forward and backwards. T-1 will not move. That being said, have you tried less invasive things like seeing a Chiropractic Doctor and/or a Massage Therapist? A Chiropractor can take an x- ray of your neck and depending on the findings- may be able to adjust you right then. I am a Massage Therapist and I've encountered many patients over the years with neck pain, immobility, head pain, etc. Many times it was simpy an out-of-alignment vertebra or section of the vertebra pinching a nerve. Massage is beneficial too because once the neck is put back in place-working on the soft tissue/muscles helps to keep it there. People seem to get better results combining an adjustment with a follow up massage than the adjustment alone.:rolleyes: There are light stretching exercises that you can do also to help strengthen the area and keep things "aligned". At home you can try ice, heat then ice again each 15 minute intervals each with 15-20 minutes in between. If heat helps, it is probably a strain of some sort. If ice feels better there is some "deficiency" to that area. Remember-surgery IS PERMANENT and IRREVERSIBLE so make sure you check out all your other options first. It may be something quite simple and easily fixable! If it persists- then talk to an Osteopath about other options. If you go a SURGEON--You will END UP IN SURGERY!!! It's you body and you should be educated when it comes to your choices. On another level - undone things can cause literally a PAIN IN THE NECK. If this pertains to you - try resolving these issues and perhaps the physical manifestation may GO AWAY. Stranger things have happened! Yours in Health~Namaste
    1111healer 106 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 11:01 PM
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  • Of course surgery should be the last option; especially if it isn't diagnosed as something such as spinal stenosis. Just as, if there is a fracture involved, chiropractic and massage shouldn't be used. But if it is diagnosed as spinal stenosis, surgery is a good option; that is if one has a good surgeon, of course. My father had spinal stenosis and was debillitated by it. After surgery we all considered it a miracle and still do. The doctor said his nerves were so tangled it was making his spine curve. He cleaned up some of the arthritis, straightened his nerves and realigned his back. He told my father his back is like it was 30 years ago post-surgery. This was in his lower back and he also has stenosis in the neck area. He is definitely going to have surgery for that but has to wait 8 total months from the other surgery. This is a man who adamantly hates the option of surgery. Hopefully, you don't have this but if you do, I stand by my advice.
    danalou 2 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 11:13 PM
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  • I'm glad to hear your father is well and his surgery was a success!!! Given the age of the guy that wrote in and the suddeness of his symptoms, I would try simple, less expensive procedures first. Then if he doesn't start to see results- consult with a GOOD SURGEON. Not one that is knife-happy or narrow minded in treating their patients. I've seen devastating results from back surgeries that actually produced MORE PAIN than the original problem i.e. scar tissue/adhesions and MULTIPLE LAMINECTOMIES. I had a female client about 10 years ago that was forced into fusion of her cervical region after a car accident and she was worse off than the accidnet itself. Her pain level shot through the roof, she became extremely ill from the pain medications and eventually, they had to go back in and do a NERVE BLOCK. This left her with little ability to do any of the things she loved i.e. tennis, riding horses, etc. The end result was severe depression and apathy and more drugs FOR LIFE. She was a youthful, vivacious young lady before her accident. The surgeon was a "friend of the family" and they never dared to question the need for the surgery or address the fact that there was still INFLAMMATION DUE TO THE ACCIDENT which meant wait til that subsides, then determine her prognosis. The whole thing happened sooo fast, she never had a say-so in her treament. I wish a second opinion was sought then maybe they would have waited and seen a different view of her cervical damage and picked LESS permanent PROCEDURE. Always be informed. Stenosis is possible, however it usually occurs in older people. Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2006
    • 03:58 AM
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  • Just curious from reading both of your replys if either of you or anyone has ever tried Laser surgery as an option to traditional back surgery. I have DDD and arthritis in my neck which radiates to my face and jaw and affects my neck muscles so bad its hard to talk at times. The doctors are reluctant to believe that, but its true. I feel my only option is surgery. Anyone know anyone who has tried Laser Surgery? Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 10:40 PM
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