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  • Neuropathic nerve pain/Which is the best drug to alleviate this pain?

    I had a car accident, which has left me with nerve damage. I have been on Gabapentin 300mg, twice a day, for 2 days, and its making the pain worse. How long does it take for Gabapentin to start working? I have heard of "Pregabalin" Is that stronger? BUT- all my research says that "Carbamazepine is the most effective. BUT- They say that Carmamazepine is for "Trigeminal Neuralgia", which is referring to the face. I don't feel any nerve pain in my face at all. I feel it in my Thoracic Spine. Can Carbamazepine take away neuropathic nerve pain in the Thoracic Spine? If not, can you suggest another anti-epileptic/anti-convulsant that will take the pain away? Thanks.

    Other - Diseases8 years ago
  • Neuropathic nerve pain/Which is the best drug to alleviate this pain?

    I had a car accident, which has left me with nerve damage. I have been on Gabapentin 300mg, twice a day, for 2 days, and its making the pain worse. How long does it take for Gabapentin to start working? I have heard of "Pregabalin" Is that stronger? BUT- all my research says that "Carbamazepine is the most effective. BUT- They say that Carmamazepine is for "Trigeminal Neuralgia", which is referring to the face. I don't feel any nerve pain in my face at all. I feel it in my Thoracic Spine. Can Carbamazepine take away neuropathic nerve pain in the Thoracic Spine? If not, can you suggest another anti-epileptic/anti-convulsant that will take the pain away? Thanks.

    Medicine8 years ago
  • Neuropathic nerve pain/Which is the best drug to alleviate this pain?

    I had a car accident, which has left me with nerve damage. I have been on Gabapentin 300mg, twice a day, for 2 days, and its making the pain worse. How long does it take for Gabapentin to start working? I have heard of "Pregabalin" Is that stronger? BUT- all my research says that "Carbamazepine is the most effective. BUT- They say that Carmamazepine is for "Trigeminal Neuralgia", which is referring to the face. I don't feel any nerve pain in my face at all. I feel it in my Thoracic Spine. Can Carbamazepine take away neuropathic nerve pain in the Thoracic Spine? If not, can you suggest another anti-epileptic/anti-convulsant that will take the pain away? Thanks.

    2 AnswersPain & Pain Management8 years ago
  • Can a Neurologist order a "bone scintigraphy scan"?

    After having X-ray, CT , and MRI, I have been referred to the Neurology department because my GP suspects that I have nerve damage. Can a Neurologist order a bone scintigraphy scan (commonly known as a "bone scan"? Will a bone scintigraphy scan detect everything that has been shown on my X-ray, CT, and MRI scans with more specific detail? These are the findings of ALL of my scans summarized...

    4 vertebral compression fractures at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. Exaggerated kyphosis. Spondylosis.Degenerative Osteoarthritis.Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations).Facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels. Osteophytosis.Sclerosis.Dystrophic calcification along the soft tissues of the facet joints at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Will a bone scan show all this with more specific detail? By the way, this is all from a car accident, and I'm only 26. Is this all bad news for me? Thanks for reading my post.

    2 AnswersFirst Aid8 years ago
  • Can a Neurologist order a "bone scintigraphy scan"?

    After having X-ray, CT , and MRI, I have been referred to the Neurology department because my GP suspects that I have nerve damage. Can a Neurologist order a bone scintigraphy scan (commonly known as a "bone scan"? Will a bone scintigraphy scan detect everything that has been shown on my X-ray, CT, and MRI scans with more specific detail? These are the findings of ALL of my scans summarized...

    4 vertebral compression fractures at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. Exaggerated kyphosis. Spondylosis.Degenerative Osteoarthritis.Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations).Facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels. Osteophytosis.Sclerosis.Dystrophic calcification along the soft tissues of the facet joints at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Will a bone scan show all this with more specific detail? By the way, this is all from a car accident, and I'm only 26. Is this all bad news for me? Thanks for reading my post.

    1 AnswerOther - Diseases8 years ago
  • Can a Neurologist order a "bone scintigraphy scan"?

    After having X-ray, CT , and MRI, I have been referred to the Neurology department because my GP suspects that I have nerve damage. Can a Neurologist order a bone scintigraphy scan (commonly known as a "bone scan"? Will a bone scintigraphy scan detect everything that has been shown on my X-ray, CT, and MRI scans with more specific detail? These are the findings of ALL of my scans summarized...

    4 vertebral compression fractures at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. Exaggerated kyphosis. Spondylosis.Degenerative Osteoarthritis.Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations).Facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels. Osteophytosis.Sclerosis.Dystrophic calcification along the soft tissues of the facet joints at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Will a bone scan show all this with more specific detail? By the way, this is all from a car accident, and I'm only 26. Is this all bad news for me? Thanks for reading my post.

    1 AnswerMedicine8 years ago
  • Narcotic Analgesics/Radiology findings:Bad news?

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). These sensations are aslo causing neuropathic (nerve) pain (stinging, sharp shooting stabbing pains in my thoracic spine. I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Is this all bad news, considering that I'm only 26?

    Are controlled narcotic opiate pain-killers warranted here?

    Thanks for your time.

    Mr. Hayes

    Australia

    1 AnswerFirst Aid8 years ago
  • Narcotic Analgesics/Radiology findings:Bad news?

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). These sensations are aslo causing neuropathic (nerve) pain (stinging, sharp shooting stabbing pains in my thoracic spine. I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Is this all bad news, considering that I'm only 26?

    Are controlled narcotic opiate pain-killers warranted here?

    Thanks for your time.

    Mr. Hayes

    Australia

    1 AnswerInjuries8 years ago
  • Narcotic Analgesics/Radiology findings:Bad news?

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). These sensations are aslo causing neuropathic (nerve) pain (stinging, sharp shooting stabbing pains in my thoracic spine. I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Is this all bad news, considering that I'm only 26?

    Are controlled narcotic opiate pain-killers warranted here?

    Thanks for your time.

    Mr. Hayes

    Australia

    3 AnswersMedicine8 years ago
  • Narcotic Analgesics/Radiology findings:Bad news?

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). These sensations are aslo causing neuropathic (nerve) pain (stinging, sharp shooting stabbing pains in my thoracic spine. I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Is this all bad news, considering that I'm only 26?

    Are controlled narcotic opiate pain-killers warranted here?

    Thanks for your time.

    Mr. Hayes

    Australia

    2 AnswersOther - Diseases8 years ago
  • X-RAY/CT/MRI REPORTS/FINDINGS/Unhappy with GP- see another doctor?

    SORRY FOR THE LONG, BIG POST, BUT PLEASE READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY...

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    I'm a 26 year old male from Australia. These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Do you think I warrant long-acting Morphine pills here, given all of this degenerative spinal trauma?

    I had an X-ray done of my thoracic spine last year, and it showed that I have anterior wedging of the vertebral bodies T3, 4, 5, and 6. Then I had another X-ray 2 weeks ago, that said the same thing. Several vertebral compression fractures, the most damaged has lost 35% of its height. I had a CT AND an MRI scan in the last 7 days, and it did not show ANY of the vertebral compression fractures?

    How could a CT and an MRI not pick up vertebral compression fractures?

    I have had several advanced imaging procedures done. First X-ray, then CT, and then MRI. My GP has examined all 3 reports, and she is saying different things about each one. Should I go to another doctor, show him/her ALL of the scans together (X-ray, CT, and MRI), and see what he/she says? My GP is a very young, chinese lady, who speaks good english, but I think she is not telling me the whole truth about how bad my back problems are, because I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks.So she is obviously making light of the findings in the reports because she does not want to precipitate me into panic. Your opinion?

    Should I gather all my reports together and see another doctor?

    1 AnswerFirst Aid8 years ago
  • X-RAY/CT/MRI REPORTS/FINDINGS/Unhappy with GP- see another doctor?

    SORRY FOR THE LONG, BIG POST, BUT PLEASE READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY...

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    I'm a 26 year old male from Australia. These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Do you think I warrant long-acting Morphine pills here, given all of this degenerative spinal trauma?

    I had an X-ray done of my thoracic spine last year, and it showed that I have anterior wedging of the vertebral bodies T3, 4, 5, and 6. Then I had another X-ray 2 weeks ago, that said the same thing. Several vertebral compression fractures, the most damaged has lost 35% of its height. I had a CT AND an MRI scan in the last 7 days, and it did not show ANY of the vertebral compression fractures?

    How could a CT and an MRI not pick up vertebral compression fractures?

    I have had several advanced imaging procedures done. First X-ray, then CT, and then MRI. My GP has examined all 3 reports, and she is saying different things about each one. Should I go to another doctor, show him/her ALL of the scans together (X-ray, CT, and MRI), and see what he/she says? My GP is a very young, chinese lady, who speaks good english, but I think she is not telling me the whole truth about how bad my back problems are, because I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks.So she is obviously making light of the findings in the reports because she does not want to precipitate me into panic. Your opinion?

    Should I gather all my reports together and see another doctor?

    1 AnswerPain & Pain Management8 years ago
  • X-RAY/CT/MRI REPORTS/FINDINGS/Unhappy with GP- see another doctor?

    SORRY FOR THE LONG, BIG POST, BUT PLEASE READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY...

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    I'm a 26 year old male from Australia. These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Do you think I warrant long-acting Morphine pills here, given all of this degenerative spinal trauma?

    I had an X-ray done of my thoracic spine last year, and it showed that I have anterior wedging of the vertebral bodies T3, 4, 5, and 6. Then I had another X-ray 2 weeks ago, that said the same thing. Several vertebral compression fractures, the most damaged has lost 35% of its height. I had a CT AND an MRI scan in the last 7 days, and it did not show ANY of the vertebral compression fractures?

    How could a CT and an MRI not pick up vertebral compression fractures?

    I have had several advanced imaging procedures done. First X-ray, then CT, and then MRI. My GP has examined all 3 reports, and she is saying different things about each one. Should I go to another doctor, show him/her ALL of the scans together (X-ray, CT, and MRI), and see what he/she says? My GP is a very young, chinese lady, who speaks good english, but I think she is not telling me the whole truth about how bad my back problems are, because I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks.So she is obviously making light of the findings in the reports because she does not want to precipitate me into panic. Your opinion?

    Should I gather all my reports together and see another doctor?

    2 AnswersOther - Diseases8 years ago
  • X-RAY/CT/MRI REPORTS/FINDINGS/Unhappy with GP- see another doctor?

    SORRY FOR THE LONG, BIG POST, BUT PLEASE READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY...

    I had a car accident in 2009, and it left me with severe, chronic pain.

    I'm a 26 year old male from Australia. These are my radiological findings:

    I have 4 vertebral compression fractures in my thoracic spine, at the T3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The worst damaged has lost 35% of its height anteriorily. I have an exaggerated mid thoracic kyphosis. I have Spondylosis in my upper thoracic spine. I have degenerative Osteoarthritis in my upper thoracic spine. I have Degenerative disc disease at the T3 and T4 levels, with a 2mm right posterolateral disc protrusion, which is putting pressure on neural (nerve) tissue, which is causing occasional paresthesia of my thoracic spine (numbness/pins and needles, tingling, prickling sensations). I have development of facet joint arthropathy at multiple levels with Osteophytosis and Sclerosis. I also have a curving calcification along the soft tissues (dystrophic calcification) of the facet joints in the lower thoracic spine, at the T10 and T11 levels.

    Do you think I warrant long-acting Morphine pills here, given all of this degenerative spinal trauma?

    I had an X-ray done of my thoracic spine last year, and it showed that I have anterior wedging of the vertebral bodies T3, 4, 5, and 6. Then I had another X-ray 2 weeks ago, that said the same thing. Several vertebral compression fractures, the most damaged has lost 35% of its height. I had a CT AND an MRI scan in the last 7 days, and it did not show ANY of the vertebral compression fractures?

    How could a CT and an MRI not pick up vertebral compression fractures?

    I have had several advanced imaging procedures done. First X-ray, then CT, and then MRI. My GP has examined all 3 reports, and she is saying different things about each one. Should I go to another doctor, show him/her ALL of the scans together (X-ray, CT, and MRI), and see what he/she says? My GP is a very young, chinese lady, who speaks good english, but I think she is not telling me the whole truth about how bad my back problems are, because I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks.So she is obviously making light of the findings in the reports because she does not want to precipitate me into panic. Your opinion?

    Should I gather all my reports together and see another doctor?

    2 AnswersMedicine8 years ago
  • Twitching Eyelids (Ativan Withdrawal)?

    I was on a high dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) for a couple of months. I wanted to come away from it so I took 2.5mg a day for two weeks, and then 1mg a day for one week. Then I stopped it 4 days ago, replacing it with high doses of Valium (20mg a day) and Bromazepam (3mg twice a day). I have had very little withdrawal symptoms, but I do have something that is very annoying. I have twitching of the eyelids, which I can feel, but you can hardly see it. I'm not actually blinking. My eyes are not closing, just twitching. I suffer very badly with anxiety, tension, stress etc- Could this be why this is happening? The twitching doesn't go on all day, but enough to irritate me. Can eyelid twitching be a withdrawal symptom from Ativan? Should I be worried?

    4 AnswersMental Health9 years ago
  • Twitching Eyelids (Ativan Withdrawal)?

    I was on a high dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) for a couple of months. I wanted to come away from it so I took 2.5mg a day for two weeks, and then 1mg a day for one week. Then I stopped it 4 days ago, replacing it with high doses of Valium (20mg a day) and Bromazepam (3mg twice a day). I have had very little withdrawal symptoms, but I do have something that is very annoying. I have twitching of the eyelids, which I can feel, but you can hardly see it. I'm not actually blinking. My eyes are not closing, just twitching. I suffer very badly with anxiety, tension, stress etc- Could this be why this is happening? The twitching doesn't go on all day, but enough to irritate me. Can eyelid twitching be a withdrawal symptom from Ativan? Should I be worried?

    1 AnswerMental Health9 years ago
  • Twitching Eyelids (Ativan Withdrawal)?

    I was on a high dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) for a couple of months. I wanted to come away from it so I took 2.5mg a day for two weeks, and then 1mg a day for one week. Then I stopped it 4 days ago, replacing it with high doses of Valium (20mg a day) and Bromazepam (3mg twice a day). I have had very little withdrawal symptoms, but I do have something that is very annoying. I have twitching of the eyelids, which I can feel, but you can hardly see it. I'm not actually blinking. My eyes are not closing, just twitching. I suffer very badly with anxiety, tension, stress etc- Could this be why this is happening? The twitching doesn't go on all day, but enough to irritate me. Can eyelid twitching be a withdrawal symptom from Ativan? Should I be worried?

    1 AnswerMental Health9 years ago
  • Twitching Eyelids (Ativan Withdrawal)?

    I was on a high dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) for a couple of months. I wanted to come away from it so I took 2.5mg a day for two weeks, and then 1mg a day for one week. Then I stopped it 4 days ago, replacing it with high doses of Valium (20mg a day) and Bromazepam (3mg twice a day). I have had very little withdrawal symptoms, but I do have something that is very annoying. I have twitching of the eyelids, which I can feel, but you can hardly see it. I'm not actually blinking. My eyes are not closing, just twitching. I suffer very badly with anxiety, tension, stress etc- Could this be why this is happening? The twitching doesn't go on all day, but enough to irritate me. Can eyelid twitching be a withdrawal symptom from Ativan? Should I be worried?

    2 AnswersMental Health9 years ago
  • Taking pills (OCD) Please Help?

    I take 1mg of Lorazepam (Ativan) every morning with some water. But, I have really bad OCD. When I take the tablet, I have to feel it go straight down the middle of my throat or else I get paranoid that it has gone down the wrong way. So far, I have felt it go down the middle, but this morning, I felt it go down my throat on the right hand side. Now, rationally speaking, if it went down the wrong way, I would be coughing, spluttering, wheezing, choking...etc right? Well, I feel perfectly normal. So, I guess my question is: Does it matter if it goes down the left hand side, the middle, or the right hand side? I feel as normal as I do every other day. No problem. Am I worrying about nothing? Can someone please explain to me about the throat, and how many different ways it can go down?

    1 AnswerMental Health9 years ago
  • Taking pills (OCD) Please Help?

    I take 1mg of Lorazepam (Ativan) every morning with some water. But, I have really bad OCD. When I take the tablet, I have to feel it go straight down the middle of my throat or else I get paranoid that it has gone down the wrong way. So far, I have felt it go down the middle, but this morning, I felt it go down my throat on the right hand side. Now, rationally speaking, if it went down the wrong way, I would be coughing, spluttering, wheezing, choking...etc right? Well, I feel perfectly normal. So, I guess my question is: Does it matter if it goes down the left hand side, the middle, or the right hand side? I feel as normal as I do every other day. No problem. Am I worrying about nothing? Can someone please explain to me about the throat, and how many different ways it can go down?

    2 AnswersMental Health9 years ago