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how has your pain changed

baffledbbaffled Posts: 375
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Interested in any of my fellow neckies changes of pain with herniations/and/or bone spurs as thing deteriated or the herniation went from mild to moderate, etc.

Doc says I have alot of arthritis in my neck, but not the dilbiliatating kind?! - and have a heniation -but have often wondered if it has progressed. Pain has definitely changed over the years - but wondering if there is any red flags to pay attention to.

Also, those of you with problems with c56 - do you have the knife in between the shoulder blades and alot of pain thru that region of your back?


  • more herniated disc's because of how the pain changed. Sure enough when my Doctor did a MRI I had 2 more. I have a fusion from c4-c7 and I have ALOT of pain between my should blades....My pain starts at the base of my skull down to about my bra line. If you think it has progressed and haven't had an MRI for awhile I would maybe speak with your Doctor about getting one done......
  • that is exactly how i discribe the range of pain - from the base of my head to the bra line. mri was jan 08 - at that time they saw - straight neck, mild herniation at c56 and osteophyte complex at c56.

    i cannot believe the level of pain i have been having lately - trying to figure out if i have done something different. My job doesn't help - I own my own gardening business. Lugging around trees, mulch, soil and so on....

    Had a nuerosurgeon tell me last December 08 that my herniation wasn't as big as his - and he doesn't seemed bothered with it - so why am I!

    Trying to get my present doc(phy rehab) to do another mri - but he thinks it is my muscles so why do that...see a new neuro doc (not surgeon) on the 10th - maybe this will get me somewhere.

    tahnk you
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hey Patti,
    Your post struck home here. I have severe OA (osteoarthritis) not only in my spine but throughout my entire body. I am 20 months post-op of a fusion and major rebuild of C3 thru C6. The surgery was not to make me better but stabilize and prevent further damage to that area. My spine is and will continue to deteriorate with time and more surgery is inevitable.
    I remember my neurosurgeon telling me during our last meeting was to be careful lifting as it would be very easy to herniate other discs. Well I don't know if this was the case but I lifted an overhead door a few weeks back, it was sticking in the track so I gave it an extra jerk as I was in a hurry. Well
    that was a dumb move on my part as I felt a sharp pain from my shoulder to my jaw bone and a tingling in the right side of my face. Now I get sharp pain when I swing my right arm or reach out to lift. Also the end of my ring finger went numb. I know I will have to go in and get this problem addressed but I'm just not ready to look at another surgery. Still in my mind I ask myself did I break some hardware from the fusion or did I herniate a disc?
    So what I'm getting at is you need to be very careful considering what your
    career entails, it takes just the wrong move to change things forever.
    Take care and I wish you the best!
  • to get some feedback on your own injury. And yes, i have had to alter how i do things. I try and not be so dumb - i no longer lift the rototiller (5.5 engine) up into the back of my truck. I normally weight about 125# (lost over 20# with the pain) - just strong and stupid. No more roller coasters, and i have tried to change some diet things and add the vitamins.

    This year I have to make some changes to what i do for a living - and am hoping to perhaps buy an existing business and merge mine into it. Thus, I could get out of the labor end and be more administrative.

    I hear you with the face thing - i get pulls, numbness, twiting and pain into my left jaw and up to check bone. not all the time, but frequent.

    Honestly, the last 10 days the pain has been up to the level of an er visit. I am considering email my present doc and filling him in on my present state - perhaps he will move on his opinion of another mri. In the meantime, i have an appt with the neuro on the 10th - not related to his hosital.

    You know how you feel something is really wrong, well i feel like that now - maybe it is just some major muscle spasms - but i am taking zanaflex (2 mg in morning and 4 mg at bedtime) - and each day i feel worse. Tomorrow i have a day off - have business errands and invoicing - but maybe a break from the labor end.

    keep us posted to your status - my arthritis in neck, they seem to believe is osteo as well.

    thank you for taking the time to respond.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hi again Patti,
    Have you thought about consulting a rheumatologist for your arthritis? I have been under the care of a wonderful rheumy for about 15 years now. She has helped me control my pain and referred me to the specialists and surgeons I have needed to see. From what I have learned from my Dr's you are doing things right. Weight is very important with arthritis, stay light and it will help
    ease your joint pain, it works for me. Eating healthy, vitamin supplements, and glucosamine/chondroitin helps also.
    As of now and for the past 2 months I have quit my pain meds. I was having some side effects from gabapentin/neurontin that I was taking for nerve pain.
    I decided to tough out the pain and see if I could tolerate it versus the problem with short term memory, drowsiness, and inability to focus at work.
    Your pain seems to be too great to absorb, by all means consult your Dr. You know your body well enough to know something is wrong, pursue the
    answers to the pain relief you deserve. Keep us posted on what you find out.
    Take care,
  • I wonder if the size of a herniation should be tied in with the size of the person? I am a small boned woman who is one who thinks her herniation is a bigger deal (pain!) than her doctor does. Does anyone think that there could be something to the size of the person relative to the size of the herniation or bone spur or other similar mm measurements?
    Just a thought.
  • Hi Ranger,
    I want to quit taking Gabepentin too because I don't think it does much at just 600mg a day. No one told me that I could have the side effects you mention... it might explain the problem I am having - an inability to answer quickly. Were you able to quit cold turkey or did you need to taper? Did the side effects go away quickly? I'll talk with my doctor, but I need to know what to expect.
  • My pain is getting considerably worse now, my right shoulder never hurt and now it does.

    It makes me want to scream as the right side of my body is mostly pain free...now that seems to be changing.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hi Dee,
    Talk to your Dr about your decision on what direction you want to go with the gabapentin. I weaned off it off it in over a weeks time. Talking with my Dr the dosages can be adjusted to help with the side effects, especially during the
    daytime and working hours. She agreed with me is that if I could tolerate the
    pain without meds then try to do so. I will probably end up back on them once winter arrives as the cold increases my pain. I would guess the side effects I was experiencing disappeared after 2 to 3 weeks. Also if gabapentin didn't seem to be effective I was told that Lyrica is stronger if I needed that.
    Looking at your signature we have very similar experience and symptoms.
    Take care,
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