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3 Yr Old with Stiff Neck/Pinched Nerve

2 Days ago my 3 year old woke up screaming that his head hurt. He did it most of the day so we took him to the ER. The ER doc did a few things with him to rule out a nuerelogical problem. He sent us home with Motrn and told us he may have slept on it wrong and it's just a pinched nerve. since then, my son hasn't moved his head to one side because it hurts. The stiffness hasn't "worked it's way out" like we had hoped. I can't get him an appt until Aug 10. Should I go ahead and take him back to the ER or wait it out?

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I would look for a chiropractor with experience with children. They are very gentle with them, not like adult adjustments. My two girls go to keep them from getting ear infections.

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If you live near Niceville, Fl I HIGHLY recommend Zook chiropractic!! You will be amazed at the results and won't need to medicate you son for him to feel better!

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Call a chiropractic... It did wonders for my hubby when he had problems with his arm... The doctor just gave him pain medication, but it didn't resolve the problem... He went with the chiropratic, and in three sessions he was fixed and has not complain about it for over two years

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make an appointment with a chiropractor. they are wonderful with children and will actually help the problem instead of medicate it. just my opinion.

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I had that happen alot when I was growing up. I had many emergency trips to the ciropractor so get my back and neck adjusted. I would get where I couldn't move at all without my neck or back spaziming up. In the end I found out that I have a mild case of scoliosis. But if I am not careful, I can lock myself up and it does take a few days of heat to get it to relax. I would check with a chiropractor and also try those icy-hot or therma patchs. they work wonders for me and i keep them on hand for emergencies.

good luck and go with your gut, it will never prove you wrong.

B.

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I'm a big fan or chiropractors. Find one locally, takes your insurance, and if not, then barter for whatever service you can offer (landscaping, tutoring, whatever)
Also, everyone: you can go to the fire station for free...
you will be charged if they take you in the ambulance, though. But the paramedics will assess any situation. We pay for this via our taxes. Plus they are right there and very nice!

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It's too bad you wasted a trip to the E.R. You need to take your child to a Chiropractor. Call a few in your area and see if they can see your 3 year old. I'm seeing a Chiropractor for a pinched nerve problem so I know the pain involved. Motrin will NOT take the pain away. It will continue to be "pinched" until an adjustment is made. Call a chiropractor today!

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If you live near Niceville, Fl I HIGHLY recommend Zook chiropractic!! You will be amazed at the results and won't need to medicate you son for him to feel better!

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Of course an ER Dr is just going to throw pills at you. Take him to a Chiropractor, sounds like it may be "stuck". I used to get that as a child a lot, and all they did was meds and heating pad. Heat will help some, but I definately would go to a Chiro.

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Call a chiropractic... It did wonders for my hubby when he had problems with his arm... The doctor just gave him pain medication, but it didn't resolve the problem... He went with the chiropratic, and in three sessions he was fixed and has not complain about it for over two years

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i agree with most of these lovely people a chiropractor will work wonders. i flipped over the handle bars of my bike at 8 and thought nothing of it then over the years my neck would spasm and my parents just said i slept on it wrong and i kept ignoring it. when i was 18 it took both my parents to lift me outta bed my neck was so painful. come to find out that bike accident cause issues and over the years calcium formed between all the vertebrae and now i have limited mobility im constantly having neck issues because as much as i can get adjusted the calcium prevents them from actually putting the natural curve back in my neck. i am about to start taking my 5 yr old since she has been complaining of her back hurting with the way she bounces off things its no wonder she popped her back out :p

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Dr Eric chiropractor on Dean and Curry Ford in front of the Publix... he is amazing!

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You need to get him to a chiriopracter that works with kids. I know a good one in Wesley Chapel - Micah Richeson. I don't want to alarm you, but if it is not fixed it could cause long term problems. The hospital cannot help you on this. God Bless!

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Chiropractors can work wonders on kids!

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Have you thought about taking him to a chiropractor? I don't usually go to chiropractors, but I had a whiplash injury from a car accident and the doctor just gave me muscle relaxers and pain medicine, which didn't fix the problem. The chiropractor did fix the problem and relieved a lot of pain.

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Going to the emergency room is not going to help anything. They will just keep giving drugs. You need a chiropractor. They are very gentle with children and it will more than likely help right away. The longer you wait though the more times you will end up having to go. You can find one that on the chiropractic pediatric web site. www.icpa4kids.com

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I would look for a chiropractor with experience with children. They are very gentle with them, not like adult adjustments. My two girls go to keep them from getting ear infections.

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Good Morning D.,

Sorry to hear about your little boy. Have you considered chiropractic? My husband is a chiropractor and we have treat from newborn all the way up to the ederly. I have twin 7 year old boys who get adjusted on a regular basis. Dr. Penge using a very safe technique and doesn't pull or "crack" joints. you may want to consider www.pengechiropractic.com I am a also a Stay at home mom and am a passionate distributor for MonaVie a nutritional supplement. Good luck to you and God Bless!

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Check International Chiropractic Pediatric Association for a pediatric chiropractor near you- sounds like wry neck and it needs to be gently adjusted, this si fixable but MDs only have drugs and surgery and they had given you the drugs- don't wait for them to offer to cut on your son.
Check the web site above.
Best of luck-k

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Find a chiropractor who is experienced with pediatrics

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My five year old woke up on fathers day complaining of a sore neck and she cried and screamed when we sat her up or she tried to turn her head. I don't believe it was quite as severe as your sons but it did concern me. Actually, it surprised me that a child could experience this. When I called, the doctors office suggested motrin but also to get her a cervical collar from the drug store or just roll a towel and wrap it around her neck while she slept. She is so small, I rolled a hand towel and taped it around her neck. Not tight, of course, but enough to support her neck when she laid down. She was better the next day and free from pain within two or three. She did say that it made her more comfortable, so it is worth a try. I would also try warm or cold compress, which ever he is most comfortable with ( also a suggestion from the Dr. office.) I am sure its a stiff neck, but if is not better in a couple more days I would get ahold of the doctor. If your child is in pain and they can not see you for over a week, I would get a different doctor. You can certainly try a chiropractor, but make sure they are used to working with kids. Hope this helps.

I wouldn't necessarily take him to the ER, but you could take him to the After Hours Pediatric clinic. I have used them once & my co-worker has had to use them a couple of times. They have 2 office in the Tampa area.

If it is not meningitis, he may need a chiropratic adjustment. You would have to call around to see who treats kids.

You may consider acupuncture, acupressure, or some other form of energy healing treatment. That can help release the stiffness and reset things instantly. Things might reset on their own but that usually happens more slowly and 3 year olds aren't known for being patient. The ER people and other regular MDs aren't trained to properly treat this, they apparently just know to give drugs to suppress the pain so I don't see how returning there would help.

Try 15 mins of cold pack and 15 mins of heat that will ease the pain and help him want to move it. The more blood flow that gets too it the quicker it will heal.

I'm not sure what other have wrote... so if this is duplicate, my appologies. I think you should take him to the chiropractor. They do take children that young. I used to think chiros are fake and disingenuous. My friend swears by them. I finally caved in and saw him because of my sciatica that the AF would never help fix. I suffered about 10 years of pain. I'm telling you, he fixed me. My friend takes her children to her chiro.

It really doesn't sound like Meningitis... at least according to this site and a quick google search

http://www.ehow.com/how_10149_detect-symptoms-meningitis....

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningitis/DS00118/DSECT...

A high fever
Severe headache
Vomiting or nausea with headache
Confusion, or difficulty concentrating — in the very young, this may appear as inability to maintain eye contact
Seizures
Sleepiness or difficulty waking up
Stiff neck
Sensitivity to light
Lack of interest in drinking and eating
Skin rash in some cases, such as in viral or meningococcal meningitis

Please consider. Hope this helps.

Emily's advise is great... I would just add that alternating between hot and cold compresses will help a great deal too.. God Bless!!

Hi Dinita, go back to the hospital! What kind of pediatrician
make a child wait 3 months for a sick appointment???
It doesn't sound like a stiff neck to me.
Good luck!

A.

Go to a massage therapist or acupuncturist. Probably best bet with child that small is massage. I'm an LMT in Havana, FL. Anyway, call a massage therapsit and ask if you could get a 15 minute or perhaps 30 minute massage. I think 15 minutes is plenty of time to focus on a child that small's neck. 15 minutes massage will probably cost $15 or $20. Good luck.

Do you know of a respected chiropractor?
this may help immediately.
make sure you get a good reference.

Find a pediatrician immediately as this sounds like menengitis, which can be FATAL.

If you can't find a pediatrician, then I recommend Jacksonville Beach Pediatric Care Center. We took my son there when we were on vacation. Here is the website, we saw them in the middle of the night.

http://www.24hourkidcare.com/

Don't wait for a chiropractor, your diagnosis might be wrong!!!

Take him back in. A stiff neck is a symptom of meningitis. Insist that he have whatever diagnostic tests you think he heeds to rule out something serious.

Rather than going back to the ER, I would call your pediatrician again and let them know you think the situation is urgent, that you are considering going to the ER, and you would like to have him seen today. I cannot imagine any pediatricians office telling you to go to the ER instead of seeing him in the office. They just may not have thought it was urgent, but if you tell them you are considering the ER, I have no doubt they would rather see him in the office first.

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