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Suggest treatment for cervical spine injury

i have been diagnose with cervical spine injury specifically;compression fracture on c5 for five years ago.since then, i have been going through a difficult to have a deep breath,tight back,a small meal will bloat my stomach,difficult to urinate,bowel movement,chest pain and above all, difficult to sit still what is going on docs,
Mon, 23 Feb 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

A cervical injury causing compression of C 5 vertebra might cause significant pain and discomfort. It is important to get the affected vertebra stabilized and pressure on nerve roots decompressed. In a vertebra that is compressed, it can be stabilized by screws and plates. Please check with your doctor if your compression of C 5 vertebra requires surgical treatment.

There are many nerves originating at various levels in the cervical spine and there might be irritation of nerves that requires attention.

The bloating sensation, bowel discomfort, chest pain and inability to sit still might be treated with medication and this also needs to be evaluated by doing a MRI screening of whole spine. Each symptoms might be due to certain nerves getting irritated at different levels. Please do not worry.
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Suggest treatment for cervical spine injury

Hi, Thanks for writing in. A cervical injury causing compression of C 5 vertebra might cause significant pain and discomfort. It is important to get the affected vertebra stabilized and pressure on nerve roots decompressed. In a vertebra that is compressed, it can be stabilized by screws and plates. Please check with your doctor if your compression of C 5 vertebra requires surgical treatment. There are many nerves originating at various levels in the cervical spine and there might be irritation of nerves that requires attention. The bloating sensation, bowel discomfort, chest pain and inability to sit still might be treated with medication and this also needs to be evaluated by doing a MRI screening of whole spine. Each symptoms might be due to certain nerves getting irritated at different levels. Please do not worry.