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#1 of 19 Old 10-15-2007, 02:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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First off, we've been kicked off medicaid and are waiting for new insurance to pick us up, so I'd have a large er bill..

I've been having back pain since birth (7wks ago), I was routinely going to the chiro, and within about 2wks ago, I started having bad neck pain. With each adjustment, it was worse.

It's to the point that I know i have a pinched nerve. The pain is so bad, I can barely touch my head, it hurts to brush my hair, it hurts to wear a loose headband. The pain consumes every second of my day. The pain is radiating down my shoulder and into my arm, as of tonight I'm having trouble changing diapers, and doing dishes. I can't sleep, so far tonight, I've gotten 1 hr (it's 1:30am). My neck is so sensitive that I have a cervical collar, which is to painful to wear.

I can turn my head slighty, causes pain. I can't lay down in bed, I can't co-sleep w/ my infant at all...... Because I can't lay down for more than 20min at a time, if I'm lucky. I'm taking Alleve's, homeopathic muscle relaxors, applying arnica/bengay, taking other people pain pills. And It seems like it's getting worse..

Everything I've googled on pinched nerves, doesn't seem to have the severity of symptoms, that I have, and what I read was if it gets worse, you can have permanant damage?

What should I do.
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oh, mama.

i can relate as i had debilitating neck pain several times in the past 2 years after having dd.

i don't think there's much the er can do for you besides maybe give you a scrip for a stronger painkiller or a muscle relaxant if you're in spasm.

an orthopedist will probably have you go for an mri, which is not something that you would want to do without insurance. $$$$!!! but with that level of pain, you probably need to get it looked at on the sooner side.

have you tried icing it? when i had the last bout of neck pain about 2 months ago it was the only thing that helped me sleep. that, and traumeel. i slathered on the gel and also took the liquid by mouth.

how do you feel about acupuncture?

i am so sorry you are in so much pain and hoping that you are feeling better very very soon.
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I'm so sorry your in so much pain. I totally understand not wanting to go to a doctor because the medical bills are already too much.

Have you heard of Cranial Sacral Massage. It has helped me a lot. Although I was not in your exact position. It is very gentle and i highly recommend it. It's something I even have my kids get.

I hope you find some relief soon. Sending you lots of healing vibes!
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personally I wouldn't go to the ER. also I really suggest you take the collar off and do some stretching. I would suggest you find someone who does trigger point massage, instead of wasting money in the ER (all they are going to do is give you drugs-but if the pain is that bad I totally do understand in the meantime) the trigger point massage will help release that pinched nerve. is there a massage school near you w/ a clinic? you might be able to get a really great low cost tx that way!

hope it gets better soon.

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I do ice it, or heat it, depending on the pain or what I need. I've also used arnica.

So far, I only had 1 acupunture treatment, and she told me I was borderline on getting well. Her words were "this may work, or you have to go to the er"

I know they won't do anything besides give me drugs, which i can't take due to nursing, but again it's 3:15am here, and I've slept 1hr..
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a good mineral supplement (even a regular cacium magnesium) can do wonders for what you are talking about. i'd take get a bottle and take 2 and see if you feel a little better. we have to give our bodies the tools to heal themselves.
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Why not an urgent care facility rather than an ED? They can still prescribe meds but usually don't do MRI's, CT's like an ED doc would do.
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You can take pain meds while nursing!!! How long till the new insurance? If this was me, I would go to the ER. They often have financal help (payment plans, grants) and are more able to work with you financialy. Hang in there- and get some meds- you MUST take care of your self to take care of the precious LO!!!

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You can take pain meds while nursing!!! How long till the new insurance? If this was me, I would go to the ER. They often have financal help (payment plans, grants) and are more able to work with you financialy. Hang in there- and get some meds- you MUST take care of your self to take care of the precious LO!!!
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It sounds like you've been doing all the right things and still not getting any relief. If you're still in that much pain you really should get it checked out by a doctor. A rule of thumb I've always heard is if the pain is so intense that you can't sleep at night you should see a dr.
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great news. Dh was making calls today, and our new insurance will be retro-active to Oct 1st..

I have an appt w/ an orthopedist this wed...

Hopefully I'll get an MRI, and go from there..

Thanks again.
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great news. Dh was making calls today, and our new insurance will be retro-active to Oct 1st..

I have an appt w/ an orthopedist this wed...

Hopefully I'll get an MRI, and go from there..

Thanks again.
That is so wonderful mama! You must be so relieved.
I will keep you in my thoughts for no more pain. It sounds awful.
Much love and peace sent your way.
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If it were me, I would go and get some acupuncture.

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If it were me, I would go and get some acupuncture.
i second this. also, i would totally give myself permission to take pain meds in the meantime, until the pain is resolved. you need to rest and you need to get relief in order to do so. i am all about the prescription pain meds when i need them--i took them for a month after my c/s, and that was the only way i could be any kind of mother.

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No I wouldn't go.

The ER stands for "Emergency Room". This has been going on for awhile so it is not an Emergency.

You need to find a regular doctor. The ER doc might give you a few pain pills, but a regular doctor can coordinate you getting into an orthopedic doctor and a proper pain program.

Sorry you are in pain. You should be off enjoying your new baby, not dealing with this.

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They won't do anything for you at the ER. You'd rack up a big bill and go home with directions to rest and apply heat as directed. Your chiropractor is as good as anyone to deal with this issue.
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I am thinking of you and praying for your pain to subside. You can definately take pain medicines while nursing!
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My chiro made my neck worse (he's a good chiro) and now,3 chiropractors later, I found one who is totally awsome! I had 2 herniated disks and a pinched needicationrve. The er gave me a narcotic and a muscle relaxer. I alternated between crying and screaming. Somehow when I saw Dr. Everette my pain went down about 30% and the next day I saw her again and by the 3rd day I was better.

Anyway - I would go to the er to get emergency medication, make a couple appts with chiropractors and line up a visit with a medical specialist just to have my bases covered. You don't deserve to be in his kind of pain
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I know you are going to the Dr. in a couple of days, but in the meantime I would do as a pp said and see if you can find a massage therapist. You may have a pinched nerve but I am sure you are having severe muscle spasms too, its just a reaction surrounding the affected area. I have severe back pain following a bunch of broken vertebrae and massage has been the only thing to give any bit of relief to me.

Good luck, I hope you get relief soon!
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My chiro made my neck worse (he's a good chiro)
that is what I think my chiro did too. With every visit, I'd have my neck adjusted and instantly feel worse, she would adjust my neck while I was sitting & then go into detail on how it's hard for the patient to relax their neck muscles while sitting ? Stupid me, I shouldn't demanded for her to do it while laying down.

So far I've had 2 acupuncture treatments, and the acupunturist has to keep taking the needles out before the 20min, because I'm crying in pain? I don't understand it, it's like my body is fighting the treatment.
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