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Re: Neuritis
Mar 16, 2004
Approximately two months ago I woke up with a pinching/cramping up the back of the left side of my neck. Days later I went to see Urgent Care 3 times in one week due to chest pain and dull back pain directly behind where the chest pain was. The Drs took blood on two different occasions looking for answers. Everything came out normal...they tested muscle wasting to lupus to rheumatoid. The Drs basically blamed my symptoms on anxiety, stress and a pulled chest wall muscle. It's now been two months and the pain has gone from bad to worse. In fact I have a lump on the back of my neck as well as where the dull pain is. When I first wake up in the morning and roll around I feel a pain deep inside. Last Friday I started having weakness and numbness in my left arm and shoulder. I immediatly sought help from a local Chiropractor. She told me I had cervical brachial neuritis. She did say that this could have been brought on by an old injury along with stressors!

After relaxing all weekend my pains and numbness did not go away. In fact I was having panic attack after panic attack!!! Yesterday the left back side of my neck got more inflammed and painful. The inflammed nerve on the left side of my back also felt very tight. I even began to get a headache up the left side of my head with some ear pain. Last night I went to see my chiropractor. Within two minutes of being there she suggested I go to my regular Dr and request a cortisone shot into the nerve because it was too inflammed to work with. As you can imagine this only made me even more upset and panicked. By the time I was at the Dr's office I was in full on tears...lets just say my panic attack was only getting worse. By the time the DR saw me I had already calmed down. The Dr ordered several xrays of my neck and back. I asked for the injection but she would not give it to me. After the Xrays were developed she said my back looked fine and there were no lesions. The Dr has now ordered an MRI, and once again despite my request she wouldn't order it STAT. She prescribed me Naproxen and Flexeril. When I got home I took Flexeril (muscle relaxor). For some reason I felt twitching in the left side of my back along with lots of muscle gurgling! Considering the DR didn't see any back problems or lesions, this is a good thing right? Now all we have to do is an MRI to rull out anything else. Thanks for the help guys...any additional informmation or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!





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