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Need help with neck pain...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 14, 2009
  • 05:37 PM

I am really getting desperate. Here's my story, please feel to ask an questions:

I am a 33 year old female. December 28, 2003 I was kicked in the face, around the left eye, by a horse. Results: broken nose, fractures left cheekbone & orbital floor and orbital side. A week later surgery to replace the orbit and cheekbone with screws and fix the nose.

A couple months later I started to have severe neck pain. Cervical CT/MRI/Xrays are all negative. What has followed over the years is a series of treatments to include: Physical Therapy, Chiropractor, Epidural Steroid Shots, Trigger Point Injections, Cervical Botox Injections, Nerve Root Blocks, Facet Root Blocks, Rhizotomy. In addition I recently had new Cervical CT/MRI/Xrays completed that still show no abnormalities. Rhizotomy has given me some relief though not much and the rest of the therapies gave me NO relief. I have also tried multiple medicines including medicines for nerve pain relief and various muscle relaxers and couldn't find a medicine that even touched the pain.

Right now I take sleeping pills to sleep at night and a small amount of Vicodin to get through the day.

For me the pain is in a very specific area, it does radiate beyond that area but I don't mind the radiating pain so much. The pain is in a spot directly right of C2, then radiates causing occipital headaches on right side only, light pain around the right eye and right ear, and pain that goes through the bottom of my right shoulder blade and down the lower side of my right arm and out through my pinky.
In 2006 I had an EMG which did confirm that there is nerve damage in my neck.

I have a doctor at Johns Hopkins who is willing do surgery to fuse the cervical vertebrae, but it isn't something that I am comfortable trying since they can't physically see anything wrong with me.

Can anybody help me? I can accept being in pain for the rest of my life, but I have 2 goals: (1) I want a diagnosis as to what is causing the pain, and (2) I want to find a way to treat the pain so it is at a more manageable level.

Please, if anybody can help me, you have no idea how much it would mean to me. Thank you!

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  • It sounds like you've been through the ringer as far as all the treatments available.Have you ever had your eyes and jaw checked out? My PT has said that either of those can lead to pain elsewhere (ie - if your jaw is off, then you can have nerves pain and the muscles in your head and neck can spasm causing headaches, etc.). It also sounds like you had a pretty good whack in the head, which can also cause problems, again, including eye problems. I would recommend seeing a neurologist or a PT that can test for more specific problems. It really sounds like you have a bulging or protruding disc, though. MRI's and CT scans don't pick up problems Good luck.
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