Patient Comments: Neck Pain - Causes

What caused your neck pain?

Comment from: Kibble 13, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I was in a car accident and ever since, my neck has been bothering me on and off. I've had two physical therapies and acupuncture. I noticed some improvement with physical therapy but very minimal. I am a teacher, so in the summer breaks I noticed I didn't have neck pains. I'm thinking my neck pain has a lot to do with stress so I am considering a career change.

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Comment from: CarolynR, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

My neck pain is of unknown cause. About 3 years ago I started having shoulder pain. I've tried physical therapy, cortisone injections, pain medications, ice, heat, massage, acupuncture, and radio frequency ablation (RFA) on right. RFA gave me about 80% relief for 4 months, then pain came back. I had it done on left side 3 weeks ago and pain became worse. I had target point injection then. Now it is worse and I have tingling on left side. I can't live like this.

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Comment from: Need a New Neck, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

Several years ago I had a bad car accident. My neck pain began as an occasional stiff neck and eventually turned in to chronic severe neck pain. MRI showed 3 herniated discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. After 10 years of terrible pain I had a neck surgery, C5-C7 fused with plate. I wish I was a success story but I still have bad neck/shoulder pain with numbness in arms/hands.

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Comment from: jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I was lifting weights and hurt my pectoral muscle, I think doing bench press. Since that day a month ago, my neck has a burning sensation and tightness behind my head.

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Comment from: maggie, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 16

An accident 5 years ago, an attic ladder coming down on my head, was the cause of my neck pain. Medications over the years just make me feel spaced out desperate. The doctors blame stress on everything these days, agreed stress does not help, but I know my neck is getting worse. Now don"t want to go to the doctor, I don"t feel I am getting anywhere.

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Comment from: traci, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had a C5-C6 fusion in 2003 and felt great after pain was gone. In 2009 I suffered another herniation of C6-C7. I worked for 17 years on an assembly line and both times I was ambulanced out of plant. It's been 4 years since the second surgery. I am in constant pain, have bad headaches, and dread going to bed and then waking up. I'm on muscle relaxers gabapentin and tramadol. I also take over the counter medicines. Nothing helps; I am miserable unable to drive or work. I wish there was something that would help. My neurologist says I cannot have any therapy but I can try acupuncture, I'm hoping it will help.

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Comment from: Matt, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I am a healthy with perfect annual physicals. I had some wrist arthritis and I had a neck operation for bulging discs C 5-6-7, 3 years ago in January, and bone graft. The pain before the operation was 7 to 8 out of 10. I had steroid injections before and after that eased the pain for a few months. The operating doctor said I would be playing golf in about two months after the operation; not true. The first two years and after my neck pain was 5 to 7 with headaches and dizziness and any exercise took it to a 7. Therapy made the pain worse for days. I have had a second opinion and MRIs; perfect. I take a pill to sleep and hydrocodone, limited dose. I discovered very mild limited neck exercises have helped. This episode has made me weak and exhausted daily. Lack of exercise has weakened my legs.

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