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Neck and arm pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have had neck/shoulder pain for over 6 months. I have been seeing a chiropractor, physical therapist and event went for deep tissue massages....all to no avail. The chiropractor finally sent me for an MRI, which showed a herniated nucleus pulposus at C5-6. He says this is causing all my pain. It also showed straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. He said neurosurgeon's normally won't do surgery unless the herniation is 10 mm, mine is only 3 mm. My right neck hurts badly to look in any direction, especially down. It also hurts in my right shoulder and in both arms. Is there anything else I can try to relieve my pain since the above therapies I've tried haven't worked? I absolutely don't want surgery. I have two young boys that I still carry around occasionally, which I know isn't helping my situation but I can't get around that. My trapezius muscle is so tight that it is causing a lot of pain also, trying to protect my spinal herniation, I suppose. Is there some kind of injection to get that muscle to relax? Any information would be greatly appreciated!


  • By the way.... I've also been trying a home cervical traction device.... not working so far.
  • may help. I get it at physical therapy and it targets my muscle spasms. Not a cure all but it helps

    Good luck
  • My physical therapist actually tried that also... along with heat and massage. That was before I was sent for deep tissue massages. That actually felt good for a short time but didn't last. The chiropractor actually thought my pain was all caused by the muscle... that is untile he did the MRI.
  • do you have any muscle weakness?pins and needles sensations? I don't believe that a surgeon won't operate on you if its been a long time since it started.I realize that you don't want surgery because your kids are so young but you may just make yourself worse putting it off if you need it.NOT saying you at all ,but at least see a surgeon and get there opinion they may even offer you another route to take.Have you tried muscle relaxers,or pain meds? How about accupuncture for the pain?
  • I do have muscle weakness, aching and pain in the tops of my arms and occasional pins and needles sensations. My chiropractor doesn't prescribe meds so he hasn't given me anything. I've tried Naprosyn which seems to help some but they make me feel "funny" and I know taking too many isn't good for the stomach. I never thought about accupuncture but will look into it. I see my primary care doctor for unrelated issues this week so maybe I'll mention the pain to him and see if he can offer me something.
  • I think it would be prudent to at least get a neurosurgeon's take on your condition. Neurosurgeons will read an MRI far differently than a chiropractor and radiologist. If you have the opportunity to see a neurosurgeon, it might shed some more light on things for you.

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