I was in a MVA in 2004 (rollover) fractured C6~fractured collar bone. Surgery with fusion and plate and screws in neck and collar. I have nerve damage from the accident in my left arm. Numbness, tingling in pointer finger, middle finger. Left arm weakness and spasms when over used. Pain in upper back&spine,shoulder area. I now have a herrniated disc at C5 which I have had for three years now. I went to PT and had blocks(too many triggers to do and doesn't last long enough) Tried the tins which worked but can not afford and insurance doesn't offer. I go to the DR every year in Jan and try to get pain meds but such a fight to get anything and then only three months worth. I am now having a lot of pain right where the disc is and down from there on the spine to the middle of my back. Question...I have pain a lot of the time should I go back and bug the DR's? My PCP doesn't seem to care that I have chronic pain. I can not change PCP only one Hospital here...Scott and White. Good Hospital. But they have their own agenda. When do I go back and have surgery what signs do I take serious? The pain at the C5 right on the spot is really bad if I lift too much. I get pain down the spine to the middle of back if I over do things. Sometimes neck and shoulder feel like the muscles are tight and hurt a lot. Fingers hurt and tingle more often. I have to have a CT and MRI to even see my surgeon and each cost me 100.00 so I have to be sure or I waste money. Thank-You so much! ali
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