Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

cervical and lumbar bilateral radiculopathy

I am new to this so please help I fell April of. 2011. My apt complex was too cheap to fix a broken crub. Now I went to my doctrine and had a MRI and EMG/NVC I have. 3 herinated disk in my neck a buldging disk and buldging disk in my lower lumbar spine. My neuorogist said I have bilateral radiculopathy of the cerival and lumbar spin. I have been in pt for 2 months going on three months I am also taking Vicodin with no relief. It is like my whole body is in pain both of my hands are numb both of my arms are in pain my left leg is stiff and I need relief. The bottom of my feet has shooting pain and across my feet both hurt. I am too young to go through this I lost my job because I can't work. My apartment complex knew they did this to me so they ignore my report to them and when I fell behind they had me evicted. Because I lost my job I only have cobra and disability. How long will it take for pt to help me? My pt therapist said I need epidural shots but true relief is temporary and I will most likely have on going pt. Do the shots hurt? Then I hear so much talk about surgery but with 3 herinated disc (c3-4, c6-7,c4-5 and c5-6 bulging ) is this allot of surgery? Also I thought I read that normally. This many levels is not good on the cervical spine? Also all herniated disc are indenting the Tuscaloosa sac what is that? Then my MRI also shows a straightenting of the normal cervical lordosis what is that? For my lumbar spine L5 and S1 bilateral radiculopathy.
If someone can help me with this will the pain end? How long did it take you guys to heal? I know everyone is different but a general idea would help. I lost everything for something that is not even my fault my health my job and my home all because someone wanted to save a few bucks this can't be happening to me. Please share with me how do you cope



  • Inpainfortoolong,

    Welcome to Spine Health! Sorry to hear you had a mishap at your apartment complex. As far as the curb and associated issues there, you will probably need to get a lawyer for those issues - make (if warranted) the complex pony up for your medical expenses.

    I have bilateral radiculopathy for the L5/S1 as well, but with mine, they are going to have to do a laminectomy to relieve my issues. I don't have pain to my feet, but they (the three middle toes, foot top and bottom) do go numb.

    Neck wise I am presently more symptomatic to the right, but some to the left. I've had two fusions, and the last one fubar'd my other one - redo on the list.

    Basically from what I am seeing from your post, legal issues not withstanding, they are going to try conservative methods (PT, shots, medications, TENS etc.) to see if the bulges might shrink on their own - they sometimes do. Otherwise, as to deeper intervention (surgery), that will have to come between you and your surgeon, as none of us are qualified to really give you a read on your status in that side of the house.

    I hope you find relief, and don't need surgery. What you might want to do is write down questions as they come up, this way you can ask your doctor when you see him next. Please let us know how it goes.

    Ps... your injury is fairly new, so you have a good chance of conservative treatment working - no guarantees, but it is in your favor, vs many of us over 20 years of this junk.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks Brenda how long did it take for you to heal? It seems like you are still in pain I was hoping this was like the flu and it would go away but that didn't seem to be the case. I am in pain 85 -90% of the day. I am not accustom to this the pain meds don't.help and the pt leaves me in more pain. My life is upside down dealing with this. How long has this be going on with you are you still in pain?
  • Howdy!

    Not healed here yet - probably will never be as I am still a work in progress, and have permanent nerve damage that affects my right hand and arm, and both legs - I have to walk with a cane.

    As for healing, my case not withstanding. It all depends on what is going on with you as to if or when your ordeal will be over. The only persons that can "sort of" answer that would be the spine specialists - Neurologist, Orthopedists (trained and board certified in practicing on the spine) and surgeons, and even they can't guarantee the outcomes as the human body, and more so the nervous system is very complex and different to some degree in each of us.

    The key is you don't want to wait too long if your disks aren't healing on their own, as that is when many of us sustain permanent damage, or function loss.

    As for pain medications, are any of them specific for nerve pain? Neurotin, Lyrica etc.? Opiates and narcotics don't touch nerve pain, they are for mechanical (muscle, ligaments, bone on bone) pain. With most of us, our doctors have to experiment a bit with medications to see which mix or (as Ron [Administrator here] says, blend) will work best.

    As for the shots. Needles have never really bothered me. It all depends on where they give you the shots, how sensitive you are or aren't with needles. The steroidal shots never worked for me, so I'm not able to be of much help there.

    Sorry, I wish I had iron clad answers, but there are so many variables, its impossible to answer. Now at the top of the web page on this site is a search box, a great place to find tons of articles written by doctors, as well as other members threads that might have some of the same questions you have - it might help. We're here to help and support where we can. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks I have a follow up spot with my neurologist I will see if he can adjust my pain meds to address the pain I am having with my nerve pain. My hands are still numb and my left hand has no strength and is very heavy. My right hand is more functional but I can't type or write the way I use to and I need to do this for work and school. I can't stand or walk long and my left leg locks with pain so my pt was telling me to ask for a script for a cane with 4 legs to maintain my balance. I will keep you all updated this site has been such a blessing. I hope for the best for you as well
    I may have to pay for the pain meds out of pocket my insurance is so cheap they don't like to cover anything but with my lost of income I do qualify for cheaper insurance I believe my neurologist accept I just have to see if my pt will accept it then the insurance will cover all my painkiller meds. It is just so much
  • Hopefully your Neurologist will be able to give you some sort of 'ray of light' to get some idea of where you're at, and what can be done.

    Sorry about the insurance and pain medications. Keep this in mind, more and more pharmaceutical companies are being more helpful with those that have trouble paying for their medications - just thought I would pass that along.

    I can't feel the majority of my right hand, and sometimes the stupid hand just won't hit the right keys - drives me nuts. Other times even though I can't feel the keys, they go where my brain says they should. Weird huh?

    I just looked over your original post, missed your lordosis question. Lordosis is used to describe your curve or lack of curve for your cervical and lumbar spine sections. Many times people lose the curve due to constant spasms, others like me lose it do to crappy posture flying a helicopter along with wearing a helmet with night vision goggles mounted on it. It basically pulled my curve out. This can change the loading in your spine and cause disk issues. Sometimes manipulation, rest, PT can restore some or all of it. If you look at my avatar, you will see it is nice and straight up vs curved.

    Fingers crossed your appointment is productive and informative.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
Sign In or Register to comment.