Hi, everyone -
I am new to the boards.
On 1/27/11, I began having neck & upper back pain. At first, my doctor thought I pulled a muscle and ave mea Medrol pain pack. That did NOTHING. As time went on, the symptoms worsened and the pain reached my forearm. I got an MRI on 2/9/11 and it showed that C6/7 had ruptured and C5/6 and C7/T1 were also bulging.
I saw a neurosurgeon who noted that my left arm and hand were smaller & weaker than my right and recommended an ESI for the pain & inflammation. But, he was doubtful about the effectiveness b/c I did not respond at all to the Medrol. After the injections (C5/6 and C6/7), my pain is a bit better (but it was already a bit better by the time I went for injections) BUT now I have tingling/pins & needles feelings in my thumb, index & middle fingers. I did not have these prior to the ESI. They began the day after.
I am going back to my neurosurgeon next week and I know that they are going to want to do surgery.
I am wondering what are some alternatives to surgery that I can suggest/try, as I only want to do surgery as an ABSOLUTE last resort. I am only 33 and have 3 children age 4 and under. Being out of commission for 4-6 weeks of recovery just does not seem possible!!!!
Thanks for your advice.