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Suggest Treatment For Severe Pain In Neck And Back

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Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Question: I have been having serious pain in my neck and back. my neck will pop and pain will shoot from the back of my neck to the front of my head and my neck feels swollen enough so I can't hardly swallow ND I USUALLY END UP WITH A MIGRAINE. THE ITS A CERTAIN WAY I TURN MY BODY OR MY HEAD AND THIS PAIN THAT FEELS LIKE A CATCH IN THE MIDDLE PART OF MY BACK AND IT CAUSES ME SO MUCH PAIN I CAN'T GET UP SOMETIMES AND IT HURTS WHEN I MOVE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF dR. I SHOULD GO TO BUT I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING I CAN'T HANDLE THIS PAIN ANYMORE
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Answered by Dr. Prasad (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Orthopedic surgeon and or rheumatologist are the ideal specialist...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I went through the details and I am sorry to know about your suffering.

Based on the details provided, I agree with previous doctors. Yes, this could be arthritis secondary to age related degeneration. There is a possibility of nerve root getting pinched at the degenerative cervical spine leading to shooting pain. Hence in my opinion you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon and or rheumatologist who are the ideal specialist to treat such problem. In my opinion you will need MRI scans of the back as well as neck. In addition few blood tests to know the level of inflammation and to rule out other causes of arthritis should be ordered.

You should visit your GP and ask for a referral. In the interim, your GP can prescribe good pain medications along with muscle relaxants. Combination therapy is much more effective in controlling this pain than single muscle relaxant.

Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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Suggest Treatment For Severe Pain In Neck And Back

Brief Answer: Orthopedic surgeon and or rheumatologist are the ideal specialist... Detailed Answer: Hi, I went through the details and I am sorry to know about your suffering. Based on the details provided, I agree with previous doctors. Yes, this could be arthritis secondary to age related degeneration. There is a possibility of nerve root getting pinched at the degenerative cervical spine leading to shooting pain. Hence in my opinion you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon and or rheumatologist who are the ideal specialist to treat such problem. In my opinion you will need MRI scans of the back as well as neck. In addition few blood tests to know the level of inflammation and to rule out other causes of arthritis should be ordered. You should visit your GP and ask for a referral. In the interim, your GP can prescribe good pain medications along with muscle relaxants. Combination therapy is much more effective in controlling this pain than single muscle relaxant. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if you need clarifications. Regards