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  • Michelle
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    BTW, before I tell my story I just wanted to write that I watched a youtube vidio of cervical spine surgery. While is scares the bejeebers out of me, I learned a lot.

    Thank you VERY much!

    I’m a little worried and concerned. I have had a pulled muscle in my neck for 18 months. It was so stupid I was embarrassed to tell my doc. I tried everything, hot, cold, 2 new beds, 4 new pillows, 2 new phones, new posture, NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, stretching, massage, everything. Nothing made a difference so I finally gave up. It wasn’t painful, just annoying.

    Eight days ago it was excrutiating pain, never had this before. Everything from my bra strap up was in spasms, I have never had pain like this before. A megga headache that is in cycles. The more spasms, the more headache, the more headache, the more spasms. It feels like fire shooting down to my shoulder.

    I am a US citizen living in Mexico. I can b-u-y (spam filter blocking this word) Soma or anything else here without an Rx. I bought Duoflex (combo drug of NSAID and Soma) and it did nothing. Finally four days ago I went to my PCP (who I work for and as an RN I know he is great.) and I finally told him about the pulled muscle in my neck, feeling like an idiot.

    He diagnosed it as a herniated disc and I am scheduled for an MRI. He said my muscle strength is significantly weaker in my right hand vs. left. BUT… I am left handed. Wouldn’t that be normal?

    Look, I am an RN and I should know this but right now I can’t think, sleep, or function. My everything hurts.

    I have a few questions.

    Is this going to be my new life? Pain, muscle spasms, and an inability to think or function?

    I see my sis going through the same thing and she is now addicted to narcotics and in chronic pain 100% of the time. She has had nerves burned, everything to resolve chronic pain. Nothing works. She is now looking at a neuro transmitter for pain control.

    Is it true that this can possibly be genetic? Everyone in my family has the same problem. This is something I never heard of before. I thought it was age or injury, not genetic.

    My doc currently has me on Lyrica 150mg qd, Ativan 0.5mg bid, and Motrin 400mg bid. It’s not working. I called him this AM and he said to stop by and he will give me narcotics for pain management until the MRI.

    I don’t want narcotics, I want a fix. Please tell me, what do I do?

    The medical care in the private sector is mega fantastic in MX. Their socialized medicine, not so great. But I have private insurance and it will cover the private sector. My doc wants me to go to a neurosurgeon. Do I do this?

    Suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. We have Chiropracters here, is that the answer?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Your “pulled muscle” in your neck that you suffered with for years most likely was an annular tear or small herniation of one of the discs. Many individuals report annular tear symptoms to feel like a “pulled muscle”. Most likely, the intense pain you experienced starting 8 days ago was a complete herniation compressing the nerve root.

    The muscle strength deficit is again, most likely from nerve compression. Your physician apparently performed a skilled motor examination and found the strength deficit. One hand should not be significantly weaker than the other normally.

    I cannot comment on your sister and why she is the way she is currently but most likely, your life will not follow hers if you treat this condition appropriately.

    Follow your physician’s advice. You should have an MRI of your cervical spine. You may be a candidate for physical therapy and an epidural steroid injection or you may need surgery. The treatment decision depends upon your examination and the findings on the MRI.

    Most people with this condition and appropriate treatment have significant or complete resolution of their symptoms.

    Dr. Corenman

    Michelle
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    Thank you so much for your time. I’ll probably be getting the MRI tomorrow.

    Michelle
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    I did get the MRI yesterday and it is a herniated disc but also a neck sprain. How would a sprain show up on an MRI?

    Michelle
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    I have US ins and MX ins, how do I decide on a surgeon?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    “Sprain” is not a great word to describe a cervical injury even though we all use it. Sprain means an injury to a ligament but does not describe the ligament or how severe the sprain really is.

    The neck has many ligaments, capsules and even the disc and any injury to any of them could be considered a sprain.

    If the term sprain is used in the classic sense,it would be very difficult to identify a sprain on an MRI.

    Dr. Corenman

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