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New with Questions - Neck Herniation

MonacoMMonaco Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I recently began experiencing a lot of pain in my neck area and then under my shoulder blade. Before pain, I did notice weakness in my right arm. Then the pain got very intense so I got an MRI to find out I had a large herniation on C6/C7 and severve degeneration of another disc. My doctor told me the good thing about a "large"herniation is the body attacks it quicker. My question is, will this really get better on it's own? My pain is not accute but I have constant discomfort in that whole region of my neck and upper back. I feel little pings of pain through out my arm periodically and up the back of the side of my head. If I lift anything or do even 30 - 40 minutes of walking uphill on treadmill, it seems to make it worse. This is depressing considering I was running about 3 - 4 miles four times a week and lifting weights. I just worry this will be chronic. Can it go back to normal?


  • Monaco,

    Most surgeons get concerned when "weakness" comes into the picture. I lost my C6/7 a year and a month after my C5/6 was fused. Instant loss of strength, burning pain down my neck into my shoulder blade, and down my arm. A "large herniation" attacked by the body? Sorry, never heard that before. Some hernias (small ones) can dry up and shrink back in, but when weakness comes on the list, the game changes....

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Might be looking for a new doctor. These guys aren't really surgeons but they are doctors that work at a spine clinic. I guess they are more converative. This is all new to me so I will be reading many posts and get more educated on this.
  • I vote for a spine specialist for sure!! You do a disservice to yourself if you don't. :)

    The size of the herina is not so much in question, but what your body has to "say" about it. A spine specialist can help determine if there is truly an issue or not.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I would get consultations with Orthopedic or Neurosurgeons. I went to 3 different surgeons before I was comfortable I had enough information. Especially with the pain down your arms and up into your head, it would be good to have an expert review your films.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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