upper neck pain around the base of skull?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MsBrandywine, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. MsBrandywine

    MsBrandywine Member

    I just wondered if anyone gets this..
    I figure maybe the fibro but.. about a month ago too.. My Ex .. the man that I was seeing .. come here drunk and hit me in the head.. to make a long story short.. Hes out.. was escorted out by the state police but.. have been having problems with my ear and since then..my neck hurt that day too.. so Im sure this blow to my head didnt help any!

    Have been to the Er ( that same night).. ear looked ok.. no puncture or anything .. went to my own Dr.. she said it looked ok.. I took it upon my self to go to a ear, nose and throat specialist and even had a hearing test done. She said it looked ok..

    I did lose a tiny bit of hearing from it but.. lately.. been having awful neck pain up under the skull area.. it hurts terrible and sometimes its like something cracks..
    or similar to that noise. I constantly have like an echoing or like the sound of a shell up to your ear when you hold it.. which hasnt went away.. since it happened.
    I can hear my heartbeat constantly and evertime I take a step.. I can hear that too.. God it is a scarey feeling and it just does't go away...
    what does anyone do and take for their neck pain.. and has anyone ever had that feeling in their ear..
    I did read where they talked about Tininitus.. maybe the blow caused that type of thing.. Im not sure..
    I even have wondered if maybe he cracked my skull .. guess if that did happen.. there isnt anything they can do for that..
    Thanks for any replies back on helpful information..
    I do have to go soon to try to at least get some tylenol or something to take until I try the Drs on monday..
    I wanted to go to a Singles church thing today for a hayride they are having and now feel like Im not sure if that is the best decision to make with my neck and headache.. argggg....
  2. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    It sounds like you need to see a neurologist. Did they do x-rays of your neck and head? If not, I would go back for a complete work up. What you are describing sounds serious.

    Hope you are feeling better.
  3. MsBrandywine

    MsBrandywine Member

    They didnt do any type of xrays or anything of that sort.. The Er Dr and my own Dr.. did check my eyes and like that.
    I do have osteoarthritis too in my neck .. so wonder if that could be what is going on too.. I try to walk every day and maybe yesterday with it being so cold here in the north east that maybe it flared it up.. Im not sure.. I get so tired of trying or come up with excuses as to the whys and whats of the fibro too..
    Thanks for your reply and help
    hugs
    Deb
  4. karatelady52

    karatelady52 New Member

    I also think a good chiropractor would help. My mother-in-law had an awful pain in her shoulder and doctors looked at it and told her it was just degenerating and she couldn't do anything about it.

    Well, she went to a chiropractor and it was out of joint. He fixed it! Can you believe it.

    I previously had a lot of trouble with my neck and a chiropractor use to help me a lot with that. I don't seem to need it now (just pain and stiffness now from lyme).

    Sandy
  5. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    Well the base of my skull is where I have a lot of pain. I've had both looked at and of course, as usual, nothing is wrong with either. My ears drive me crazy because I can't hear like I used to when people talk to me, but all hearing tests and other exams come back fine... and my doc told me my ears are beautifully clean and healthy... talk about annoying.

    I'm not sure if your's is fibro or your terrible incident but I just wanted to let you know that I do feel the exact thing you described every day with my fibro. I also have migraines now and they still can't find anything wrong with me. I hope they find yours and you can stop suffering because I know from personal experience, not only is it painful but it is also an annoying pain.

    For the skull base/neck pain, I use Bengay right along my hairline and that seems to ease it up enough to where I can stand it. For pain meds I am on Ultram and Ibufprofen (sp?) and they work for me, kind of. I wish you the best and hope you get better.

    Hugs,
    Shananegans

  6. patches25

    patches25 New Member

    I think that since you are still having problems they should at least do an xray and perhaps an MRI.

    A number of years ago I had a whiplash injury from car accident and it took an MRI to see the extent of the injury before some doctors believed I could be in so much pain. The people that helped me the most were an acupuncturist and an osteopathic doctor.

    Have you tried either heat or ice packs? Maybe one of those would help in the interim.

    So sorry you got into such a mess. I hope you are feeling better soon. Take care. E.
  7. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    I've had so much good feedback from people w/ odd problems that their doctors had written off. Chiropractors seem to have more answers to the hard problems and I haven't heard of them telling a client that there is nothing wrong w/ them yet. it's best to ask around to make sure you get a good one though.

    Moist heat can help in the short term. I was having chronic pain and stiffness around my neck and shoulders from our bad mattress. I could barely do anything or turn my head and painkillers didn't help.

    I've seen the tip on here many times to fill an old sock w/ parboiled rice (uncooked) and tie a knot. Fill it to whatever is comfortable for the area, a man's sock will wrap around the neck area best. Just nuke it for about a minute to get the right hotness and apply. Will give very moist heat fro about half an hour.
  8. Alyndra

    Alyndra New Member

    At the base of my skull/top of my spine I have a large build up of calcium. I can feel the bump, and honestly can't say it feels any different then bone.

    It's nothing major to worry about, most people have calcium build up somewhere in their body. Most don't even know it.

    I didn't have a problem though until I was hit in the head by a soccer ball. It's chipped the build up and the floating fragment caused ALOT of pain at times. I was given a medication (I forget what it was called) to break up the calcium in my body. Eventually the floater piece just stopped showing up in Xrays, and I haven't had a problem since.

    Good luck!

    ~Amanda