Originally Posted by Breezie
My pain level was never below a 5 in my neck area. He would manipulate and it would relieve the pressure and within a few hrs back to pain. This went on with the visits 3-4 times a week. Finally in Dec he thought lets give it a rest to see what happens. My hand went numb and my funny bone took hold like someone whacked me with a hammer 24/7 in it. Sent me for MRI which showed what they thought to be a herniated C6-7 crushing my nerve, along with C5-6 showing a slight osteophyte into the nerve.
The chiro messed with your neck, KNOWING you had been in an accident, BEFORE
getting an MRI and finding out what was going on in there?
This is no time for reproach; you did what you thought was the right thing to do. I agree with Leesa
And PLEASE -- don't go to a Chiropractor ever again! Spinal patients should NOT take that chance! We risk paralyzation
...and there is also the understated risk of stroke:
Also Google: chiropractic cervical stroke
It took 2 weeks for me to be seen by a neurosurgeon. Not something I want to wait for again.
That's... actually not bad; some folks have to wait months for a first consult.
Anyway, I'm not sure why the surgeon didn't remove the osteo... bone spur
while he was in there, unless it was because he couldn't see/get to it. Many surgeons don't remove bone spurs because they are a form of natural healing (protecting the spinal cord from injury) and they do grow back anyway, but if this one is/was impinging your nerves at the time.... I just don't know.
Has anyone else have issues like this?
Yes. Unfortunately, too
take a very long time to heal. Some dietary (and other) measures can be taken to reduce inflammation, which may help some.
Residual pain is not unusual either, and you should have been warned about that. Surgery can repair the mechanical - not necessarily the pain.
I agree with Leesa
in other respects as well...
PT does help some people, and it's a non-invasive conservative therapy, so IMO, it's always worth a try.
Your continued symptoms could be caused by damage already done, which may or may not heal in the future. They could also be from another cause.
Get copies of all your records, and see what other neurosurgeons have to say.
I think what's important at this point is getting an accurate evaluation of where you are - what's going on in there - and then figuring out where to go from here.
Please stay in touch,