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Injections are no longer working.

hisbeauty4asheshhisbeauty4ashes Posts: 182
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi friends,

I have not been on here for quite some time. I have been dealing with two other surgeries unrelated to neck and back and thoracic.

All the neck, back and thoracic issues have been on hold and growing worse.

I go in for a Lumbar discogram next week to see if another surgery is needed on my lumbar spine.

I have been having neck and thoracic injections. I had my last one three weeks ago and it now no longer works I live in a neck brace and with the thoracic the pain effects my breathing because it hurts to breath. I called my pain specialist today and asked for an X ray. I felt like my neck is worse then it ever has been along with the thoracic discs. I have yet to hear from the Doc.

I know the difference between nerve pain that I suffer with and neck issues.

So here I go on the Mary go round again!

I need to find out more about degenerate disc disease. because everything seems to keep collapsing.

Does anyone have more info on degenerate disc disease?

Thanks, I really hope you are all getting relief and better. Being in pain is no fun.

Take care


  • Sorry to hear the injections are no longer working. Mine don't last too long either. Have you seen a Physiatrist to help? I have DDD in my neck and all my lumbar spine but not the thoracic which I know is awful pain for you. Prayers that your discogram will show if you need surgery for that area.

    I have nerve pain in my leg and arm and take Cymbalta which helps as well as Oxycontin. Don't know if you have sciatica as well and maybe a nerve med may help. But guess you'll know more after your disco. Take care and praying for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for your kind words.

    I have never been so grouchy the I have been this last week. Every time I turn my head it sets off not only neck pain but thoracic pain. Everything seems hard and difficult to do and I am frustrated.

    I go in tomorrow morning for a lumbar Discogram praying that I get through it man those are sooooo painful. I hate Discograms but it needs to be done to see if surgery is in order.

    I finally got my doctor to order MRI'S for my neck and thoracic spine and my medical insurance denies it so then I have to go in to appeal it! UGh I am tired of having to fight for my health procedures.

    I need sleep also that is just not happening. Sleeping is another concern as well for me.

    I wanted to ask has anyone had your sleep change after neck surgery? What I mean by that is not only does pain interrupt sleep but constantly waking up off and on all night. I could go to bed early and seem to be a sleep all night long to only wake up exhausted with headaches and my eyes hurt as if I pulled an all nighter? There are so many ways my sleep is interrupted. I am frustrated!

    I do not believe in seeing a Psychiatrist they just make you feel worse and their pills make you want to kill yourself. Believe me I have a great Psychiatrist
    His name is Jesus Christ. If it were not for Him I would be worse off. He is it for me and the one I turn to as well. He is faithful to always bring what is needed at the right time.

    Thanks though.

    Have a great Christmas
  • Hi once again friends,

    I had the discogram I had not pain other then them placing the needles through tons of scar tissue. In one case that is a good report but then in another it left me is tears. Because the pain is coming from the fused disc and there is no hope for something to be done to fix the pain. So i feel so down and in tears all day long. I went in for the CT scan after but thought what is the point nothing can be done so I have to life like this for the rest of my life.

    My neck is in horrible pain with movement and sets the pain off through my thoracic so what is the point will that end up like this.

    Signed hoped differed.
  • I'm sorry to hear you had so much pain from the discogram and I hope your Dr. can help with some kind of treatment. I know it's so discouraging but I haven't had surgery and they can't help me but I hope someone who's had surgery can offer some suggestions for you. One day at a time Dear. Prayers for you and I sent you a PM. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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