mtnspeedMemberJuly 24, 2013 at 1:39 amPost count: 1
I had a whiplash injury nearly 4 years ago (including hitting my forehead on the windshield) and I am still having significant symptoms that have gone untreated. I began with muscle spasm on the right side of my neck, then it turned into a heavy head, dizziness and a generally gross / nauseous feeling. I even get a “neural effect” where I just can’t get my words together without really concentrating. I occasionally feel that my fine motor skills are effected. Fingers feel clumsy and my left thumb is tingly. I did traction and physical therapy but with no relief. The PT said my C2 was incredibly tight and swollen. Had an MRI – small bulging and spurs, “straight neck,” but nothing they were worried about.
Here’s the thing: For the last 3 years, I could have a day or 7 in a row without any symptoms, and then one day all of them will jump on me. And now, for the last 3 weeks, my forearms and tops of my hands have been burning, not to mention the constant popping and cracking and occasional “neuro / heavy head thing.” It comes and goes, but it can come when I have to speak publicly and will completely throw me off.
What might I have? What’s your advice to move forward? I’ve been trying to live with it but it’s becoming pervasive. Should I have another MRI, second opinion, nerve stimulation?Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJuly 24, 2013 at 8:15 pmPost count: 8614
I cannot explain these neurological effects. Neck pain and shoulder pain origins are generally easy to explain but these central symptoms are not my speciality. I think you need to find a good neurologist (not neurosurgeon) to help define what the origin of these symptoms are.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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