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27 year old female with Cervical central and anterior disc protrusion

Serenity6SSerenity6 Posts: 123
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello everyone! I am a 27 year mother of three who was diagnosed with cervical discs protrusion at 5 different levels. There was no accident and this is possibly hereditary. I have had two epiduaral injections and going to have my third next week. I still have no relief. the pain is intensifying and I am now have tingling in my right arm on top of the bone peircing pain. I can't sleep at night and all the doctor will prescribe me is 50mg Tramadol and 4mg Zanaflex. He says because I am young I can take it. It's just a waste of my money.

The symptoms that I am having explains nerve damaged or irritation, but the MRI says that their is none. Should I request for another MRI? I have extreme muscle tension in my right shoulder along with the pain and tingling. I really know my body and I feel as if they have missed something. Please give me your thoughts and opinions. It would be greatly appriciated!:)


  • I would start looking for another Dr. There are other test that can determine nerve damage. For example an emg or nerve conduction test.

    Have you tried physical therapy? Other treatments?

  • I agree - you should probably consult with a spine specialist. The tingling in your right arm is symptomatic of a cervical disc issue. The muscle tension could be muscle spasms that is also common with cervical problems. Yes, like cla_gua asked, have you tried any of the conservative treatments?

    It really ticks me off that a doctor would actually tell you that you're young and can just take it. I'd get rid of this doc - what a crappy thing to tell a patient.

    Take care of yourself and I hope you find the doc that can give you some relief. Feel free to pm me if you have questions or need to talk.

  • If you have your MRI films, I would suggest that you get a second opinion on them. Another MRI will most likely have no change. I've had 3 lumbar MRIs in the last 2 years and they all show the same thing even though my symptoms have been worsening.

    One more thing, if you are not talking to a pain management doctor or physiatrist, I would recommend doing that as well. Their specialty is the management of pain.
  • I have been going to chiropractic physical therapy for 6 months. I am adjusted everytime. I have tried the traction but it makes my neck stiff. I usually end having the e-stem and heated ultrasound. I also have a tens unit.

    I have never had a nerve conduction or a EMG. Can you tell me what a EMG is?

    Thank You for your reply! :)
  • I have to go see the doctor on the 24th and I am just going to tell him weather he likes it or not. Thank you so much for your caring response. :-)
  • The doctor that told me I was young enough to take it is a pain management doctor. He seems to be very conservative. I'm not saying that I want the strongest drug he has got but, I would like some relief every now and again. A tramadol is like taking a tylenol to me.:(

    Thank You for your response!:)
  • Hi I'm going to try the ten's unit this week does it work?
    I've had 2 neck surgeries one in 2003 and 2007 I am still in so much pain, I need answers now maybe if I new why I could deal with it. Thanks
  • I have been using the tens unit for a while now and I think it helps a little. the pain always comes back. You can keep it on all the time if you want and it would probably help better. I don't take mine to work, even though I know I should. It wouldn't hurt to try it. Some things work better for different people.

    I wish you the best!:)
  • I tried the tens unit today for my neck it made it worse, now I don't know what to do, I wish I knew why I'm still in so much pain after two surgeries (C5-6 & C6-7 fused) I also think the Doctors are missing something I went back to the orthopedic surgeon and he took a regular x ray and he said the surgery looks good. Tell me how does everyone deals with this pain I'm starting to have panic attacks.
  • When you feel like you are going to have a anxiety attack, try to take slow deep breaths.

    I would also recommend that you speak with your doctor about this.

    What kind of medicine are you currently taking?
  • I'm just taking percocets one before work so I can do my job and two before bed. I did talk to the doctor and while I was in his office I started crying and that's when he told me to try the Tens unit and sent me to therapy I think I'm going to make another appointment with the orthopedic Dr again or should I see a Rheumatologist? What would you do? I also don't tell my husband how much pain I'm in or my family because I know their probably sick of hearing it, I even get sick of it.
    Thanks for talking to me
  • laura:
    I feel your pain, its funny, I think everyone was tired of hearing me "complain" but every time they saw me, they'd ask how I was doing, and I'd tell them, I never once complained per se, but I bet none of them ever noticed that, it probably just seemed like I bitched about my neck all the time. Funny to think about, but I never volunteered info unless asked. You need to share it with your husband, if he doesn't understand, he needs to at least know where you are at even if he can't understand. I tell my wife sometimes, and even though I get angry with her because she always wants to know what hurts and how much and where and I tell her its a huge waste of time because I always hurt and its always a little different and somewhere different, I tell her anyway because if I don't, at some point she'll either get used to it, which I want, but also she'll get adapted to it, which I want. The difference in my mind being that when she's used to it she won't notice that I don't complain all the time so she'll quit asking and just realize that I do hurt constantly, which is good, but when she's adapted to it she'll be used to doing the things I can't do anymore, which is good also. I hope that makes sense. Also, for panic attacks its best to take a lot of short fast breaths through your teeth, its hard to explain without showing you how to do it, it looks sort of like breathing they do for labor? You're trying to blow that extra adrenalin out of your system, slow breathing takes longer.

    Did it occur to you that the chiro might not be helping but making things worse? You've gotta be careful with that. PT is good for sure, but those "adjustments" aren't particularly good for you, but then again, they should be harmless for the most part; I'd personally stop them and see about getting a McKenzie chiro. Also I'd change doctors and make sure and get an EMG to start with, and perhaps a new MRI if needed, 6 months is plenty long with that much wrong with you, especially if you're developing new symptoms. This whole age thing is ridiculous, I'm tired of hearing it used as an excuse all the time.. my doctor thinks I should have my C-spine fused because I'm 29 and it will heal fast.. not that it will last any longer, just that it will heal fast and well. Well that's good reasoning for you. You shouldn't have to suffer because you're young, they should be looking harder because you have a lot longer to live in pain if they don't find something now.
  • Thank you. MY husband says that I seem to be getting worse since I have went to the doctor. I have had a headache for a month straight and the last three evenings I have had what I think is migraines. Sensitivity to light, I keep smelling a vinegar smell, and throbbing in the temples. I was ready to go to the hospital last night but my husband wouldn't take me. I am going to call my Pain Management doctor this morning to see what he recommends. Do you know if cervical problems can cause severe headaches? What is a McKenzie Chiropractor? I'm still new to some of this.
  • Laura,

    I believe in being very open about how you feel. I could care less if my husband likes it or not. He just don't understand what I am going through.

    Did you tell your doctor that you are having anxiety attacks? If not, I think you should. Have a a very open realation ship with your doctor too. Weather they like it or not.
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