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Frustrated and tired of pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am so totally frustrated and tired of living in pain. I went to meet with a neurosurgeon yesterday who reviewed my MRI's and told me there is nothing surgically to operate on. I have osteophytes at C5-C6 and C6-C7 and DDD. He sees a bulge but he is quite sure it is not compressing the nerve root. As I drive home for the 2 hours and sleep in the car, seat back a bit, pillow under my head, arms supported and my left pinkie and ring finger go so sound asleep I can't feel them. The pain has been predominantly right side oriented for the last year and 1/2. I have been seeing a PT for 6 months twice a week. I take gabapentin for the pain. The last three weeks my left shoulder blade has started to burn and my left tricep. If there is nothing in my neck that is operable, where is all this pain coming from? How am I going to live every day in pain? I take so much advil now to get through a day, I can't imagine that is good for me. I am only 45 years old and it has limited my ability to do the things I love. Any suggestions?


  • Hello there,
    I'm so sorry to hear of your frustrations and pain.

    I too have the same as you with C5/6/7 and my neurosurgeon told my in January that surgery would not help, and the pain continued, and continued. I had to resign from work, I cannot drive and life is just one day after another.

    I am going to see a different NS next week, as, hand arm and shoulder blade hurt. And the last few weeks, I have had severe pain and heaviness in my legs. Symptoms are progressing, the huge does of Gabapentin help with the pain, but not the wierd dis-membered' feeling.

    I hope the new NS will look at things differently, as, for now, the releif seems a long way off.

    Seeking a second opinion is the only thing I can think of, after all, what else can we do, when our lives are so dramatically changed by this pain and debilitaion?

    I am just 50, and stagger around the house like I'm 80! The stairs turn my legs to rubber.

    My thoughts are with you

  • Have you gotten a second opinion yet? It never hurts to get one. My NS told me he could go in and numb the nerve to see if that was what was causing the pain and if that did the trick we could operate. I told him I had already been through a year of hell and to operate and he did and that is where all of my numbness, arm/shoulder pain, and weakness were coming from. I have not had any numbness/tingling in my fingers or any of the shooting pain in my arm or shoulder since.

    I would recommend a second opinion if insurance will cover it. I feel for you, it is very frustrating and very draining.
  • I am in pretty much the same position you are in...in fact this morning i debated about starting a post .....but you did that for me!

    I have a herniation at c56 and the bone spurs too...the phyisican i am currently working with is convinced all the pain i feel is muscular. doing my 4th round of pt...but no real progress (i am in the 6th week of 8) - even the pt said, that she wouldn't go past the 8 - even though he would like to - she wouldn't put me thru that.

    My mri is a year and half old - and i the intensity of my syptoms has grown and progessed triple fold since the mri - and from what i have come to understand, it is not the only test out there - i am scheduled for an emg on the 7th of may and i hope that this will show something that i am feeling in my elbows and fingers.

    no answers for you - but i ask the same questions, this pain is not letting up - there has got to be something that can be done to help....after 2 years of conservative measures....why is it that surgery cannot be considered. So often they find more going on then the tests showed them!

    take care - sister in pain
  • was in the lumbar area and an N.S. told me I was not a candidate for surgery. I went to a spine specialist at a well respected teaching hospital in Atl. GA and received the surgery I needed and achieved relief. You need to see a spine surgeon, not an N.S. or Orthopedic.
  • --i have seen spine docs, and neurologists...but i think he worked for the spine doc....and another spine specialist, and pain clinics and rehab tharapy places, and they all say they cannot help me. i get conflicting stories and opinions from them all, and yet feel myself deteriorating everyday.

    i am now suffering from neck pain. the kind that if you hold your head down and look at the keyboard to type, you are ok, and it doesn't hurt--- raise your eyes/ head to the moniter, and within minutes your head hurts, there is a knife in your neck, and tears in your eyes.

    from now almost two years of struggling with doctors over my lumbar back issues, and already having recieved some dismissive signals reguarding this new pain that has not relented for over a month now.-i am terrified of starting treatment for another spinal issue. and also exhausted from the pain and stress.

    do i push until i snap, or protect what i have left?

    --can we all be lost together?
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