Tuesday, December 11, 2007

If neck pain is the key to these migraines, how to treat it?

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The more I'm realizing that my neck pain could be the key to the frequency of my migraines and the bulk of my pain, the more I have discovered that I know very little about my diagnosis of cervical degenerative disc disease.

I've been doing a lot of reading on sites I trust and trying to determine what kind of doctor or treatment might be able to help me.
I was thrilled to find a lengthy description of my condition on the Spine Health website: Cervical degenerative disc disease, and a wonderful friend passed along the name of the doctor her father has been seeing for his degenerative disc disease.

I've already tried many treatments including cervical epidural injections, physical therapy, chiropractic care, special neck exercises, heating pads, acupuncture, massage, muscle relaxers and pain medication. I have decided to give physical therapy another try, and I would also be willing to try a different kind of chiropractor than the one I used to see.

I have scheduled a PT appointment for Monday to get started on a second go at that option. In the meantime I'll keep treating my neck with heat, stretching and yoga, as well as medication to control the pain.

I think the neck component of my pain has been largely overlooked by my doctors. But they cannot be blamed entirely for this. I have not done as good a job as I should have in demonstrating the extreme pain and disability caused by my neck pain. I'm trying to be more assertive with my doctors, be clear about what is troubling me and ask for specific ideas of how to handle those issues.

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