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I have gone through nightmare for the last month. I have been taking different medications n still no relief. My neurologist thinks is virul. When in my MRI comes out that I have herniated disc in 2 different sections, bulge n slight deformity @ c5-c6. My symptoms r as follow;stiff shoulders, neck pain, n when there is inflamation I have pressure shooting to my head. For awhile I couldnt even open my eyes. If anyone has or had experience similar symptoms please let me know if the discomfort and pain are ever going to disappear.


  • Your neurologist feels this is viral? How did he come up with that diagnosis? Have you been ill as well? I suggest seeing if you can get a referral to a neurosurgeon for another opinion.

    Best to you,

  • A neurologist does not deal with mechanical problems of the spine. If you have had a MRI that indicates disc problems, I would suggest you seek a fellowship-trained spinal specialist for a proper diagnosis. This can be either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon who devotes his/her practice to issues of the neck and back.

    I can't imagine why you couldn't open your eyes, but the other symptoms you describe sound like they could be coming from compression of a cervical spinal nerve.

    You need to keep looking for answers, in my opinion!!

    Good luck.

  • It's hard to tell from what you say was on the MRI but I am guessing that your MRI isn't showing anything that would cause your pains. My neurologist was excellent at using the MRI to relate to pain. Gwennie is correct that they do not do surgical fixes so you would need to see a surgeon either neuro or ortho if you think this is the case. Some neurologists are not anxious to send you to a surgeon because they don't want to lose a patient - very sad.

    But since you are talking about inflamation and viruses I am wondering if he feels you have an infection in the disc or surrounding tissue? I know this may be a long shot but my daughter has these same symptoms and she was just diagnosed with Mandibulitis. This is an area just under and behind your ear. It is part of the sinus/ear system and is supposed to be filled with air. It can become filled with fluid and infected which causes this same pain.

    If you have ever had ear/sinus problems you might want to see an ENT to check into this. We stumbled on this by chance when she had a severe ear infection.

    Good Luck and let us know what happens.
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