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Neck pain down the arm, black eye; had a triple fusion. On coumidan. Other medication?

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neck pain shooting down arm i had a triple fusion on my c 4-5 5-6 6-7 on july 18th since then its been alright. two days ago i was moving a dresser by myself from upstaries to downstairs. lost my footing and feel the dresser fell on me giving me a black eye and causing me pain in my neck. i have not been on any meds for my back since my surgery. however i am on coumidan for a prot. c and s diff. is there anything i can do that can ease my pain at all?
Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 10 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.

It seems that you have suffered a traumatic injury to neck and head.
For the neck pain, you can have mild pain killers like tylenol and muscle relaxants. You need to get these prescribed from your orthopedician.

Use of cervical collar can help you in immobilization will bring relief.

Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.

Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.

You can avoid using a pillow till the pain is relieved.

Since you are having a black eye and you are on coumadin the chances of XXXXXXX brain hemorrhage are high.

This problem needs an immediate medical attention and investigations like CT scan and MRI of head are entailed. I encourage you to consult a physician or a neurologist who can guide you through the tests.

I hope this answers your query effectively.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.

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Wishing you good health.
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