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  • criscio41
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    Hi, Doc, thank you for taking the time to read this. I just have a basic question about a neck injury that I suffered approximately 3 years ago. The injury occurred one day when turning my head very sharply to the right while my left arm was extended out-ward to my left. Instantly I felt literally like my neck had broken. The pain at that time felt like a serious jolt of electricity, my hands started to tremble and I immediately had to sit down. The pain has never gone away since that day. I went to the ER, was officially dx c spasms, which I do have but I believe the origin to be something else. Pain starts at the base of my skull, dead center on my spine and is also off to the right side of the spine. The pain radiates from the base of my skull to approximately T-2 or T-3 to the best of my approximation. Pain is constant even when turning head left or right, even when rotating it is the same. Tilting head forward and back is laborious. Dizziness some times occurs when holding my head in a certain position for any period of time. The dizziness is slight, but noticeable. Pain does not subside with use of muscle relaxants, does not subside when I lay down, does not subside with dry or wet heat, it never subsides. The affected area is sensitive to touch, I almost get a numb kind of feeling when I touch where the spine hurts.

    I am just wondering what kind of injury can occur with a sharp head turn like this? I will be seeing a Dr. as soon as I can get an appointment with my insurance. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Also, I feel worth noting, sometimes I have a weird discomfort in my throat which seems to be on the same plane as the pain in my cervical area. I don’t have the slightest clue as to whether or not these afflictions can be related or not. Thank you, sincerely, for your time.

    Also forgot to mention the headaches. They seem to originate at the base of my skull and are almost always occipital.


    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    There are a few potential disorders that come to mind with that history. A herniated disc or just annular tear is high on the diagnosis list. A tear of the facet capsule or a small shear injury to the cartilage of the facet surface are two others that can happen. Rarely, a small avulsion of a muscle tendon can occur.

    Dr. Corenman

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