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Do I have a Herniated Disc?

EaZiEEEaZiE Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
This is the second recurrence of the pain. It was triggered this time by mowing grass w/ steep banks and using industrial blower. I was fine for the first 4 weeks. Once it triggers it is the worst pain of my life and it's about 1 1/2 mths. now with real pain mostly in the morning. I'm basically laid out all day. The arm feels like it goes to sleep very easily if I get into most positions.

Few questions:
Does this sound like a herniated disc? (x-ray says no bone damage, thoracic outlet syndrome is the other possibility I'm thinking)

How well do these heal? I used to have no problem with this kind of work and as of right now these type of lifting, pulling jobs are off--just not worth it.

Best treatment? I have been icing several times daily, heat pad, muscle relaxers, ibuprofen, even tried some neck decompression on myself.

I would just like to hear how others have dealt with this because it is basically changing my life.


  • Howdy EaZiE,

    Welcome to Spine Health!! At the top of the web page there is a search box. There are a lot of doctor written articles which you may find of interest, and too see what others have gone through with similar symptoms.

    As to whether you have a herniated disk or not. That is what a doctor is going to have to diagnose. You said you've had an X-ray done. So you have seen your primary care doctor? If not, most of us when we started having issues went to our family doctor and went from there. My GP had me get an MRI, and when she saw there were issues coupled with my symptoms, she sent me to a local Neurologist, who added more testing and then recommended conservative treatment to see if that worked, and when it didn't he referred me to a surgeon - in my case a Neurosurgeon.

    I hope you are able to find out soon what is going on. None on here can make medical determinations, sorry. Please let us know how it turns out. Again, Welcome aboard!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Well it sounds like you have done the right things to help calm things down. Have you seen a doc yet?? If not I would definately make an appointment. He/She may want to try pt or other mild treatments before possibly x-raying/MRI's. Have you ever had a ruptured disc before?? I will say from experience that sometimes things can just get really irritated and then calm down. Is the pain 24/7? Like others have said we cannot help to diagnos people that is just impossible, but we can speak from experience. When my disc was ruptured the pain was 24/7 nothing made it better and it kept getting worse. I also started having numbness, tingly and weakness. All forms of conservative treatment did not work. Of course all people are different. Don't get yourself worried yet you have to hold on to the hope that it's nothing serious. You've got some other treatment avenues to try and also some diagnosis tools. Like I said before if you haven't go to a specialist or to your PCP for a referral. Let us know how it goes....
  • Indeed, if you hang around for a while, you'll find it's sometimes hard for doctors to diagnose these things with all the tools at their disposal. It's impossible to diagnose via the internet!

    Don't forget soft tissue injuries, they often can be very painful as well! Not every back injury involves the spine :)
  • Thanks all. I went to a chiropractor originally. My neighbor was saying how he knew people to go paralyzed in their arms. I got pretty scared, but I read that herniated discs don't cause that, and he's not an expert. The Chiro's x-ray's did not show bone damage. I quit going because I was sure he was after my $ when he said I should be good to go back to my p/t mowing job where I got injured so I could cont. to pay him.
    I got help financially at a clinic and the nurse wanted x-rays again and then she said she'll get me in physical therapy. I wanted to get an mri but I don't know that it's up to me.
    This is the second time I have had this ongoing pain. The first time was triggered by a weekend of very strenuous activity (kayaking 10 mi, helping move beds all morning out of a hotel) and it took over 2 months to heal and it was winter so I had no strenuous work anyway. By summer I was able to golf,bike etc. all summer. I figured that was a one time deal, but here its happened again and a little more easily. It is only the heavy repetitive lifting/pulling that triggers it.
    Rwill, my pain was continuous for a month. Even after pain killer, icing, etc. as well. Now the pain is pretty bad only in the morning. Generally discomfort all day though. I can't sit for longer than about 30 mins.

    My whole thing is after I get better (which I'm sure I will) is how am I to live? I'm only 35 and my work was remodeling which included heavy lifting at times. I'm at the point where I have to make some decisions. Since this type of activity is liable to put me out for 2 months or longer is only wise to stop.
  • It's good that your pain isn't constant. It doesn't change the fact that your going through a lot right now. First off the x-ray at the chiro's office isn't going to show much. I don't know if your intermittent symptoms will warrant an MRI. If your doctor suspects that you might have bulged discs he/she might be able to get a plan together on what treatments to try. It sounds like you do have some big decisions to make as far as your work goes. Your best bet is to live life but be careful on how you treat your back to prevent flare-ups. I've made good choices and bad choices there. Looking bad now I would probably change a few things that I did to my body and risks I took to "have fun". Do you have a good core exercise program?? If not pt might be a great idea. Developing strong core muscles will help you a lot. It sounds like you have a very physical job but targeting your core muscles is a different thing. I'm so sorry that your in the situation I hope that you can find work that will not be so hard on you. Take care!!! (All of this is just my humble opinion from info I've gathered and personal experiences.)
  • When it happened the first time I was going to work out like 2-3 times a week with weights and machines at the ymca. I suspect that I was overconfident. Plus the fact that I never had any kind of injury like that. Pretty sure it was caused through overuse. Since that first time I cut off my fairly heavy working out. I don't do the 50 push ups I used to bust out. Was using a therapy band to do light arm strengthening. I'd like to find out that if it's a damaged disc is there a way to regrow that. They say that it's not uncommon for 30 yr olds to show wear in their c discs.
    Anyhow, I should be seeing next week if I'm going to physical therapy. Maybe they should have some more info. I'll take that advice on taking it easy Rwill.
    Thanks much.
  • Is there any way you could get a part time job with health insurance so you could get it checked out?
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