Cervical Spine Issues – IT Workers

Are you suffering from Neck pain or shoulder pain off late. If yes then please don’t delay any further consult a doctor now. It has so happened with me. Since the time I started using Laptop I have been suffering from issues like stiff neck, shoulder pain etc but I used to put some muscle relaxant ointment for couple of days and within some days I used to feel better.

This went on but I never paid too much stress on what was happening in my body, Until one fine day I started feeling that my neck is carrying dead weight of my head and I am feeling heaviness in my neck. At that point I realized that something has gone wrong. I consulted a orthopedician and was told that these are common symptoms amongst IT professionals. I tried to improve my posture and started doing some exercise which was suggested by the doctor but I suppose it was too late and damage was already done.

Suddenly one fine day I started feeling numbness in my little finger in my left hand – I somehow knew I couldn’t take this lightly anymore. I immediately called up Doctor Kirti Soota ( Family Physician on RxOcean http://www.rxocean.com/Empanelled-Specialists.php) to understand what is happening. Dr Kirti Soota explained to me in detail as to what has happened. I was explained about the spinal cord in detail. She also made me understand that some nerves might be getting pressed against one of the bones in the neck and as a result I am feeling numbness in my finger. To me it was a shock to understand that something in my neck could affect my fingers but when I discussed with her she told me that Paralysis could be one of the consequences if this is ignored and situation worsens. She suggested me to go for an X-Ray of Cervical Spine ( AP View) and report her back with findings.

My X-Ray reports confirmed her doubts. X-Ray clearly said that I had prolapse in C4-C5 but as the consultation had happened over the phone and she was not in a position to see the X-Ray, she suggested that I should go and visit a Orthopedician again along with a report. My subsequent visit to an orthopedician revealed a number of other things. What he said was not a shock as I knew some things already about my neck like he mentioned that in case of C4-C5 Prolapse my thumb and fore finger would have got affected and not my little finger which even Doctor Kirti Soota had mentioned but X-Ray doesnt give that bad a picture and may be nerves got pressed coz of some other reason.

As of now I have been put on some muscle relaxants and PreGalin M 75 for a course of 15 days and have been told that in case the situation doesn’t improve we would have to go for an MRI. I am hoping that doesnt happen 🙁 and I get cured before that with this medication. But I thought it would be good to share these findings with readers of RxOcean. Firstly to tell what all problems IT Workers are having nowadays and secondly to showcase how beneficial talking over Phone to a doctor can be. I was not only told which specialist I should go and meet but also explained the consequences of ignoring such things in detail.

Fortunately I realized how beneficial can medical opinion over phone can be – had I just ignored that particular problem of numbness and not contacted Doctor Kirti Soota not sure what would have led me to visit a doctor – it might have gotten a bit too late ..Hence Second Opinion / Medical Opinion over phone can be used as a preventive health care option as well.
Neck Pain and its causes

Neck pain affects approximately 80% of people at some point in their lifetime. It may result from sleeping the wrong way, poor body mechanics (such as poor posture, or holding the telephone between your shoulder and ear), or constant working on laptops sitting in a bad position or from an injury. Symptoms of cervical spine include:

* Neck pain
* Shoulder pain
* Arm pain
* Tingling in the arms, hands, or fingers
* Numbness in the arms, hands, or fingers
* Sharp pains in the arms, hands, or fingers
* Weakness in arms
* Frequently dropping items
* Weakness in legs
* Tripping or stumbling when walking
* Weight loss
* Headaches
* Nausea

You should consult your family physician for an evaluation if you have any of the following symptoms:

1. Neck pain with high fever, chills, and weight loss
2. Ongoing numbness, tingling, weakness in the arms or legs
3. Loss of bowel or bladder control
4. Loss of balance
5. Severe headaches
6. Dizziness
7. Neck pain that persists despite conservative treatment
8. No obvious cause for neck pain
9. Neck pain that is progressively getting worse, and worsens at nighttime
10. Neck pain that persists beyond three weeks

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Niti Munjal

Dietician by Profession but an IT professional by heart who believes that marriage of IT and Healthcare is the way to go to improve lifestyle and health of people in the country.

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