I'm only 27 and in chronic pain so I know what you're going through, especially the feeling 90 part! My best advice for you would be to ask to be sent to pain management, if you're not there already. I'm in pain management right now and while I'm still in pain, it's a lot better than it was when I was being treated by my primary. Primary's can only do so much. Are you on anything for pain right now? If you're going to be in chronic pain you might as well be treated by a pain specialist.
I am i just had steroids and botox shots a few weeks ago... had them before when i had a problem with the same shoulder my clavical was broken. They didn't work then and still are not working now... I feel like all I do is complain... thanks for your help!
You did not mention x-rays or MRI? Or seeing a Neurologist?
What are your cervical discs like? It sounds like a classic C-spine (maybe c5-c6 or c-6-c7) compression and probable compression of the spinal canal/cord. The cracking sounds like injury induced degenerative disk disease, or osteophytes from disc herniation.
The neck curvature is Kyphosis, and leads to cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
Thanks I had only a mri and xrays on my cervial. I saw a neurologist for my cervical spine only... i was just wondering maybe its something further down my back then we thought?
Also kyphosis is what i have and with not finding out about the whiplash till 5 months after the accident, is not very good for me. So I guess I know why my neck hurts, but its my mid back thats tingles and hurts and the muscle spasms are everywhere on my back.. alot near my spine and under my shoulder blades.
Those symptoms would stem from the C-spine, not T-spine.
T-spine (t-1) does effect the hand. The rest effect trunk and abdomen. The shoulder area is c-spine and upper back is radiating pain.
People with DDD, in the c-spine, usually have it in T and L. However, the progression is usually not as rapid or extreme.
Lumbar DDD is generally injury induced, and that doesn't translate upward.
what is lumbar DDD i am confused now?
nevermind well from what i just read about it says it can radiate pain up to the neck area? Well going to see my orthopedic tomorrow i wrote down everything. i have no leg problems or weekness i have no tingling in my hands. Maybe my spine is out of wack from the accident. I did have a airbag and seatblet that busted my clavical and sternum... thanks for you help=)
When I said Lumbar DDD doesn't translate upward, I did not say it can't cause pain to radiate upward.
The difference being: DDD is accelerated by injury causing additional compression or compensation.
The lumbar DDD doesn't increase compression upward. (not significantly)
I went to my doc yesterday and i am going to see the orthopedic doc about my neck he is unsure also since he is basically a shoulder guy! so i wont know anything again for about month. thanks again
well i figured out a lot of my problem is my kyphosis or however it is spelled and my back is completly flat i have no muscle i will be in phys therepy for awhile and just doing a little bit is horrible! so after so long if it does not go away then well somethings up