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I work in a chronic pain clinic in a large rehab facility. I've been given the task of finding a way to help the rehab staff measure the results of treatment for patients with chronic whiplash. Are there any good tests already developed for this problem?11 years 41 weeks ago1355
I wrenched my low back and my neck in a car accident. The back pain went away after a couple of weeks but the neck pain keeps on. I guess I'm a little surprised because I usually get better fast after any injury. Why is the neck taking so long?12 years 35 weeks ago1823
I'm a little confused. I just came back from an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon. They are planning to do surgery on me for disc degeneration in my neck. What I don't understand is why it wouldn't be better to have my neck fused. Wouldn't it be more stable and less likely to erode further?11 years 16 weeks ago1648
I'm a radio announcer home on disability after a neck fusion. It's been two months and I'm still having trouble swallowing. The doctor says it will probably go away slowly over the next few months. What do other patients with this problem say about it?12 years 36 weeks ago1447
I'm going to have a cervical fusion at the C2-3 level. I've been reading up on the dangers involved with this procedure. Is there anything I can do ahead of time to prevent these possible problems?10 years 25 weeks ago2923
I'm going to have a disc taken out of my neck and the neck fused at C45. This is supposed to help take pressure off the nerves to my arm. Right now I have constant pain down my arm with numbness and tingling in my hand. I'm concerned because I'm a professional photographer. I need all my neck motion to do my job. Is there any way to get that motion back with exercises?14 years 5 days ago1692
I'm going to have a neck fusion in two weeks. Ive been told that one of the possible complications is failure of the graft site to fuse. How will I know if this has happened?11 years 6 weeks ago1645
I'm going to have a neck fusion next month. I have a few weeks to mull over how I want to have the graft done. I can use bone from a bone bank, bone from my hip, or some new product that is a bone substitute. What do most people do?9 years 21 weeks ago2217
I'm going to have an anterior fusion at C45 in my neck. The surgeon plans to take bone from my hip for the operation. The nurse gave me a sheet of paper with all the things that can go wrong with the graft site. Will I get all of these problems?11 years 46 weeks ago2189
I'm going to have an epidural steroid injection into my neck for a protruding disc. How long before I can go back to work?15 years 2 weeks ago1707
I'm in a bit of a panic here. X-rays just showed that my breast cancer has metastasized to the bone. So far, they've only found the cancer in the bones of the neck. The surgeon thinks radiation and then removing two of the bones is all that's needed. How in the world will I hold up my head without all the bones in my neck?11 years 12 weeks ago1513
I'm looking for a physical therapist to help with my neck pain. There are several listed in the phone book. Two have OCS and FAAOMPT next to their names. What do these initials mean?13 years 18 weeks ago1809
I'm on my third day after a rear-end collision. What's the best way to treat the neck pain I'm having?13 years 18 weeks ago1667
I'm planning to have my neck fused in three places. I understand there are some risks with this operation. What can you tell me about these?13 years 42 weeks ago1543
I'm really wondering about my father. He's always been a bit of a hypochondriac, so it's hard to tell when something is real or imagined. Lately he's been complaining about neck pain that goes down his arms. He drops things like cups and glasses. He seems to be tripping over his own feet. Even though he's 71-years old, I've never seen him do this before. Could this be all in his head like so many other problems he's had?12 years 4 weeks ago1455
I'm really worried about my husband. He's 52 years old and seems to be having some strange symptoms. Sometimes he feels an electric shock down his arms. Other times he walks funny and seems clumsy. He's even complained about having trouble holding his bladder from time to time. How serious does this sound?12 years 4 weeks ago1743
I'm scheduled for spine fusion in the vertebrae in my neck. Will I be able to turn my neck after surgery?17 years 47 weeks ago1940
I'm searching for some kind of relief from a whiplash injury. It's been six months since the accident, and I still have neck and arm pain. My doctor has suggested a numbing injection like novacaine. Would that help?12 years 45 weeks ago1604
I'm seeing a doctor and a physical therapist for chronic neck pain. They seem to always be talking about disability and impairment. What do these two things mean in every day words?13 years 40 weeks ago1421
I'm seeing a physical therapist for neck pain that's lasting much longer than it should. Pain is my biggest problem but the treatment seems to be focused on getting more motion. Shouldn't we be doing both?13 years 40 weeks ago1394
I'm seeing a physical therapist for neck pain, probably caused by too much time in front of the computer. My insurance bill came and I see my diagnosis is a load-bearing disorder. What does that have to do with computer use? I'm not doing any heavy lifting at all.12 years 9 weeks ago1368
I'm seeing a physical therapist for neck pain. So far I seem to be much better. How can the therapist tell what to do without an X-ray?12 years 12 weeks ago1389
I'm seeing a physical therapist for neck problems related to a car accident. I'm still having trouble looking up toward the ceiling or looking behind me. So far my pain seems worse after the first two treatments. I understand that may be normal. What's a good way to tell if therapy is really helping?12 years 25 weeks ago1357
I'm self-insured and in need of some surgery to fuse my neck at two levels. I see they can do hip replacements on a same day basis. Could I have my neck fusion as an outpatient? It would probably save me a lot of money.13 years 13 weeks ago1418
I'm seriously researching steroid injections for neck pain. I've tried everything else (drugs, exercise, acupuncture, massage, Reiki). The acupuncture seemed to help for a little while, but it didn't last. That's why I thought maybe the steroid injections would help. But one of the possible complications is paralysis. How likely is this?10 years 43 weeks ago1509
I'm still having neck pain after a car accident. I had a friend tell me that this is because I had my head turned facing the driver when the crash took place. It sounds reasonable but what's the logic behind this explanation?10 years 25 weeks ago1891
I'm supposed to sing in a wedding at the end of the summer. But I have terrible neck pain from a herniated disc that needs to be removed. I'm supposed to have surgery to take the disc out. I will also have a cervical fusion at the same time. This all happens two months before the wedding. Will I be recovered enough to sing as planned?11 years 20 weeks ago1448
I'm the manager of a large department store. We have several employees out on sick leave because of neck injuries from in-store accidents. Is there any way to tell when someone is faking symptoms to get benefits?14 years 45 weeks ago1564
I'm thinking about having a disc implant for my neck at the C5-6 level. What can I expect after surgery?13 years 35 weeks ago1480
I'm thinking about having my neck fused surgically. The neurosurgeon says if all goes well, we can expect good-to-excellent results. Anything would be an improvement over what I'm like now. But what can I expect in terms of getting better?11 years 2 weeks ago1491

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