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New here and neck problems

angelfish316aangelfish316 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I have had chronic neck pain for almost 20 years now since my accident at work. I have disc herniation at C5 and C6 and TMJ problems. I have been mostly dealing with it with pain meds and it's manageable. Lately I have been having something weird. I've had it off and on for a while now, but it seems worse. I have pressure in my chest and feel like I have to cough at times. I've had a heart workup in the past couple of years and a stress test and they were fine. My doctor had told me one time that I may be getting arthritis in my ribcage. Has anyone heard of this? It just seems to be associated with my neck problems. I don't have insurance right now so it's hard to go the doctor at this time. Whatever it is, it's getting aggravating. Thanks for any input.



  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,109
    I get the same thing so I am interested in what others have to say on this subject. I have been to Drs but have gotten no answers,
  • I have the same thing. My doctor sent me to a cardiologist for a complete work up and everything was fine. Google Cervical Angina and you will see the symptoms.

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  • Angel can you share more info on your accident years ago? A c5/6 herniation is usually more shoulder and arm symptoms. It can also cause pain similar to TMJ and sinus pressure. From what I have learned it's not common for that area to cause symptoms lower that the shoulder but nothing is impossible.

    When you were diagnosed with the herniation did they do any testing of your thoracic spine? You might have some problems there and that would be more common to cause chest and upper back pains.

    Also while this might be related to your accident it may also be completely unrelated. Sometimes we blind ourselves to the possibilities when we get stuck on old problems.
  • My accident occured when a 50 lb box fell on the top of my head. Yes, I do have TMJ also as a result of the accident. I have been through physical therapy in the past, had cortizone shots, all kinds of tests. They had said that I should have surgery but only when it gets unbearable. It's manageable, just very annoying. They did not test my thoracic spine(that I know of) I remember that in the years following the accident I had numerous tests, I just can't remember them all. Unfortunately, I was young and naive back then and settled out my medical benefits. Now I just go to a pain management doctor for my meds every two months.
  • It's probably time for some new tests. When was the last time you saw a neurologist or orthopedist? My concern with PM docs is that left alone most will keep prescribing and not refer you to specialist when something comes up.

    You have new pains so you should get them checked out. Let us know what you decide.

    PS waiting as long as you can bear it is often the best advice.
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